Banaskantha, Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that India produces milk worth Rs 8.5 lakh crore a year, more than the turnover of wheat and rice, with smallholder farmers the main beneficiaries of the dairy sector.
“Today, India is the largest milk producer in the world. When livelihoods of crores of farmers depend on milk, India produces milk worth Rs 8.5 lakh crore per year, which many people, including leading economists, do not pay attention to,” the Prime Minister said at a rally in Diyodar in Banaskantha district after the inauguration of a new complex. dairy and potato processing plant of the Banas Dairy.
“The village decentralized economy system is an example of this. On the other hand, even the turnover of wheat and rice is not equal to Rs 8.5 lakh crore. And small farmers are the biggest beneficiaries of the dairy sector,” he said.
The new Banas Dairy Dairy Complex and Potato Processing Plant aims to empower local farmers and boost the region’s rural economy.
The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation the Banas community radio station and the expanded facilities for the production of cheese products and whey powder at Palanpur, as well as the organic manure and biogas plant established at Dama.