Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today unveiled Sumul Dairy Golden Jubilee function and also inaugurated various projects worth Rs. 396 crore such as ice-cream plant, Gir Amrutam Milk and Ghee production, Milk powder production, cattle-feed and bakery products under Sumul Dairy brand. Sumul Dairy is making efforts for tribal empowerment since last five decades.
In his occasional speech, Mr. Modi said that Union Government has extended time limit of MSP for purchase of pulses to woo farmers. Union Government has implemented pulses purchase through MSP for the first time in nation. Mr. Modi especially recommended producing solar energy on Co-operative basis such as milk. He recommended adopting energy production through honey production and Gobar gas plants on cooperative basis; he said that there is a huge scope of starting new projects in co-operative sector. He recommended Sumul Dairy to initiate new pilot projects with centralize mode in all sectors.
During his visit to Surat Mr. Modi also laid foundation stone lift irrigation schemes to be built with a cost of Rs. 958 crore, and will empower with water in Surat, Bharuch, and Narmada districts’ Adivasi area. He dedicated a potable water scheme worth Rs. 440 crore as well, which will provide pure water to Tapi district. Mr. Modi congratulated Sumul Dairy for carry out changes and economic revolution in to lives of tribals, farmers and cattle breeders. He also expressed hope that Sumul will carry out new experiments like solar production on co-operative basis, gas production from muck and waste by making cluster of ten to twelve villages.
As only women are seen in to animal husbandry activities, he said that men should also help them and should adopt scientific approach in animal husbandry sector. It can help to increase per animal milk production and will result into per capita milk production and eventually will result into per capita milk consumption and eradicate malnutrition. He also congratulated Gujarat Government for best strategy to implement tribal development by maintaining Adivasi tradition in Ambaji to Umbergaon adivasi belt.
Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani
Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani said that economic rise has taken place in tribal families of Surat and Tapi districts through Sumul Dairy. With initiation of various projects by Sumul Dairy, the tribal cattle breeders will get more income from milk.
Referring about the commitment of the state government for development of dairy industry along with animal husbandry and cattle breeding in Gujarat, Mr. Rupani said that Nandighar will be built in each talukas of the state to increase Geer and Kankrej cow breed. Gujarat is at top position in milk production across the nation. The tribals became part of development in Gujarat with extreme development in tribal areas of the state. State Government is moving forward with well-planning to make double income of tribal farmers through agriculture and animal husbandry occupation, he added.
Expressing his faith to change the face of Gujarat with the lift irrigation schemes to be fulfilled in nearer future across tribal areas of Surat – Bharuch and Narmada districts, Mr. Rupani said that potable water is being extended through pipeline in 75% tribal areas of the state. State Government is moving forward to make Gujarat hand-pump free with extending potable water through tap in each home of all the areas by completing rest 25% pipeline work within next two years, he added.
Mr. Rupani said that PM Mr. Modi gave permission to put gates on life-line of Gujarat, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Dam within just 17 days of his ruling. Its work will be completed just before upcoming monsoon. As a result, sufficient irrigation water will be fulfilled to Saurashtra, Kutch, North, Centre and South Gujarat farmers in nearer future.
State Tribal Development Minister Mr. Ganpatsinh Vasava said that the then Chief Minister and current Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi implicated Vanbandhu Welfare Scheme for all-round development of tribal across the state. As a result, the socio-economic lives of tribal have been drastically changed. As a result to Kanya Kelavani in tribal areas 17% increase has been registered in girl child education ratio in tribal areas of the state, he added.
On the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Nitinbhai Patel, BJP National Joint General Secretary Mr. V. Sathish, Water Supply Minister Mr. Babubhai Bokhiriya, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, MPs, Chair-persons of various milk federations, office-bearers, directors of Sumul Dairy, officials from water supply and irrigation department and local people with tribal women in huge number were remained present.
Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.