Amul, an excellent model of empowerment

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurating the Anand Agricultural University’s Incubation Centre cum Centre of Excellence in Food Processing, at Anand, Gujarat on September 30, 2018. The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani, the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Shri Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, the Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Nitinbhai Patel and other dignitaries are also seen.

Praising the dairy major Amul, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, “Today, Amul has become an inspiration world over. People from overseas also ask me about Amul. Amul is not only about milk processing. This is an excellent model of empowerment.”

Modi inaugurated several projects of Amul in Anand, including a chocolate plant with a capacity of 1,000 tonnes per month. He also remotely inaugurated a Rs 20 crore ice cream plant of Vidya Dairy and Anand Agricultural University’s incubation-cum-centre for excellence in food-processing.

He promised to double farmers income while speaking at the inauguration of a Rs 300 crore chocolate plant of Amul in Anand, the milk capital of India. He said the co-operative movement has shown that an alternative to economic prosperity other than socialism and capitalism exists.

Crediting, Sardar Patel of helping develop and strengthen the cooperative movement, Modi said that it was under Patel’s leadership as chairman of the then Ahmedabad Municipality that the first co-operative housing society was developed in Ahmedabad.

He said through initiatives like these, the co-operative movement has provided a source of income to those who live in deserts. He said that thanks to the debilitating attitude of earlier governments in Gandhinagar, the milk co-operative movement had been hampered from making inroads into other parts of Gujarat

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