‘White revolution will bring prosperity to farmers’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Apr 2018 11:53:56



Business Bureau,

“WHITE revolution will bring prosperity to the farmers in the regions considered as industrially backward. The whole economic scenario of Vidarbha and Marathwada will change and there will be no cases of farmers suicide”, said Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, while speaking at the inauguration of ‘Farmers Orientation Programme’, organised by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and Mother Dairy at Suresh Bhat Auditorium, Reshimbagh here on Saturday.

Also present on the occasion were Pravin Pote, Minister of State of Maharashtra for Industries and Mining, Environment, Public Works, Dilip Rath, Chairman of NDDB, Ravindra Thakre, Director Milk Project, Government of Maharashtra, Y Y Patil, Executive Director of NDDB, and Nisha Sawarkar, President of Nagpur Zilla Parishad.

Gadkari further said that the regions were lacking behind in production of milk and agricultural crops as the region had deficiency of organic carbon. He suggested means to overcome these deficiency and increase the yield. Gadkari also emphasised on the need of water testing. “Water in the regions has high quality of salt and minerals, which are harmful for the cattle and so they do not live a long life. it is also affecting the productivity,” Gadkari said.

He spoke about the arrangement of soil testing and water testing for 20,000 acres of agricultural land in Vidarbha. Gadkari suggested how good quality hay (cattle feed) could be produced from the raw material available like sugar cane molasses, rice husk and other items that are in plenty. “Research for marketing and innovating new products from milk is necessary. We have to think of exporting milk products,” he said. Gadkari also urged the dairy farmers to make his dream of 25 lakh litres of milk production per day come true. “It must be the dream of all, which will bring prosperity for all,” Gadkari said.

Dilip Rath, informed the gathering that more than 27,000 farmers spread over 1,400 villages, covering 59 talukas from 9 districts of Amravati, Wardha, Nagpur, Chandrapur, Buldhana, Yavatmal in Vidarbha and Nanded, Osmanabad, Latur in Marathwada were currently supplying 2.10 lakh litre per day of milk to the consumers. He added that it was proposed to include 79 talukas from 11 districts covering about 3000 villages in future. Rath informed that total payment done to dairy farmers till date was around Rs 150 crore. As of now monthly a sum of Rs 22 crore has been transferred to bank accounts of the producers, which is likely to increase in future. The Dairy Board also introduced the Ration Balancing and Artificial Insemination programmes to enhance the animal productivity for the benefit of farmers.

Y Y Patil, in his welcome address expressed satisfaction on the 18 month journey of Mother Dairy in the city. Patil said that the region has immense capacity for growth in milk production. Shilpa Behere, Manager NDDB, Anand, Gujarat conducted the proceedings of the programme and also proposed the vote of thanks.