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Sonowal keen on replicating Amul success story in state

To boost dairy development in the state, the Sarbananda Sonowal government has decided to invest Rs 1.2 crore in each of the 25,000 villages under the chief minister’s Samagra Gramin Unnayan Yojana.

Sonowal appealed to dairy farmers to tap the flourishing market for milk products in the southeast Asian countries and take up dairy farming seriously to bring about a white revolution in the state.

“One of the priorities of my government is to develop the dairy sector,” Sonowal said while addressing dairy farmers at an event on the occasion of Purabi Milk Day at Srimanta Sankardev Auditorium in the city recently.

He cited the example of Amul in Gujarat and said Assam had the potential to grow in the dairy sector and capitalize on vast markets in southeast Asia.

“Amul has already created a market for its products in countries like Australia, the Middle East and southeast Asia. Assam also has the potential to grow in the dairy sector. It is time to capture the market in our neighbouring countries,” the CM said.

He added that of the Rs 25,000-crore revenue generated by Amul, Rs 18,000 crore directly benefits the farmers.

Appreciating the contribution of Purabi or West Assam Milk Producers’ Union Ltd (Wamul), Sonowal said the production of Wamul was only 500 litre per day about eight years ago.

“Now, production has reached 50,000 litre per day and I want this to increase to 5 lakh litres per day in the next 10 years,” he said.