Union Cooperatives Minister Amit Shah on Sunday called on cooperative giant Amul to take an initiative for the marketing, distribution and testing of organic / natural agricultural products in the country.
Shah made a request to the Amul board in this regard, calling for the need to address the ill effects of fertilizer farming, while addressing a rally after the inauguration of four new AmulFed Dairy facilities in Gandhinagar.
The facilities, including a milk powder factory, a butter factory, a high-tech robotic warehouse and a poly film manufacturing plant, cost Rs 415 crore. AmulFed Dairy is part of the Gujarat Milk Marketing Cooperative Federation (GCMMF), the umbrella state-level marketing federation for Gujarat daily cooperatives, which markets dairy products under the Amul brand.
“There is a big problem in the country; because of fertilizers, our land is degrading. Productivity decreases and fertilizers also degrade the body. It is the cause of cancer and many other diseases … the country’s farmers will have to turn to organic farming. Organic farm products save the body and people, ”Shah said.
Shah said that many farmers understand the need for organic / natural farming and have already started to do so. “The biggest problem is that they don’t get the right prices for their products. The rates for organic wheat are the same as those for fertilizer-based wheat. They can get rates three times higher domestically and internationally, but there is no easy market. I know it’s a tough job… But someone has to do the tough job someday, ”he added.
Emphasizing the need to develop a marketing chain for organic products, create an infrastructure for marketing and develop testing facilities, Shah said, “If you do this, the demand will increase… There is demand for the products. trusted organic edibles around the world. . No one wants cancer or other illnesses. It is proven that thanks to fertilizers our body has become the hotbed of many diseases. “
Welcoming Amul’s efforts to promote women’s empowerment, Shah said those running NGOs in the name of women’s empowerment should instead run a cooperative society to better achieve the goal. He added that without Amul it was impossible to meet the country’s milk needs.
Shah said that more than two farmers in Gujarat have started to practice organic farming and are achieving good results with increased productivity and lower water requirements. He also expressed his confidence that Amul can venture into new areas.
The minister said that at a meeting, Amul’s board showed him a presentation on initiatives to help organic agricultural products. “You have to invest money in it. If you want to invest money in it, come up with a ploy and we will all go to the Prime Minister. The Union government will certainly help, ”Shah said.
The number of these farmers can thrive from two lakh to five lakh to 10 lakh, just like the members of Amul, he said.
“It is my insistence and I ask the board of directors of Amul that you take the initiative in the distribution of biological products and the establishment of laboratories for them. You have infrastructure ready and you are connected with villages and farmers. Farmers will come out with organic produce, it just requires a marketing center in which you have expertise, ”Shah said.
Shah also hailed the cooperative sector as the model of economic development which has proven to be the ideal model for the overall and comprehensive development of a highly populated country like India. He added that Prime Minister Modi had tested and realized during his days as Chief Minister of Gujarat that only a cooperative can provide an all inclusive and comprehensive economic development model for India.
“For this reason, Prime Minister Modi has launched a (new) cooperative department within the Union government,” he said.
The event was also attended by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Minister of Agriculture Raghavji Patel and senior GCMMF officials, among others.