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Enhancing India’s Dairy Sector through Amul’s Global Growth



  Feb 26, 2024

Enhancing India’s Dairy Sector through Amul’s Global Growth



1. What commitment has Prime Minister Modi made to Amul?

Prime Minister Modi has pledged government support to help Amul, owned by the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), become the world’s topmost dairy company. This commitment was made during the GCMMF’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

2. Why is Amul’s growth important to India’s dairy sector?

Amul’s growth is pivotal for India’s dairy sector because it represents a successful cooperative model that benefits millions of farmers. Enhancing Amul’s global standing could improve livelihoods, increase farmers’ incomes, and strengthen India’s position in the global dairy industry.

3. How does Amul plan to become the world’s top dairy company?

Amul plans to expand its geographical reach, product portfolio, and milk procurement capacity. Investments are being made to set up new processing and manufacturing plants across India, aiming to replicate Amul’s cooperative model nationwide.

4. What recent projects have been inaugurated to support Amul’s expansion?

During his Gujarat visit, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated five new dairy projects, including a modern cheese plant, a long-life tetra pack milk plant, the expansion of a chocolate plant, a 50,000 litre ice-cream plant, and a dairy unit in Mumbai. These projects are part of the broader strategy to boost Amul’s production and distribution capabilities.

5. How significant is the dairy sector to India’s economy?

The dairy sector is a major component of India’s economy, with a turnover exceeding the combined turnover of wheat, rice, and sugarcane. It is growing at a rate of 6% annually, outpacing the global average. The sector is especially important for women stakeholders, who constitute 70% of the workforce.

6. What role do cooperative societies play in India’s dairy industry?

Cooperative societies are central to India’s dairy industry, facilitating the procurement, processing, and distribution of milk from millions of farmers. The cooperative movement, supported by over 200,000 societies across the country, has been instrumental in increasing milk production and ensuring fair compensation for farmers.

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