Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah said on Monday that India will become the third largest economy in the world very soon and the cooperative sector will play a major role in this achievement.
The Minister asserted that India has successfully put a model of cooperation in front of the world, and said, “Cooperative is the only model which can strengthen the economy of the country by doing equal development in every field.” Shah made the remarks while speaking at the four-day International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit (IDF WDS) 2022, a gathering of global and Indian dairy stakeholders that will take place from September 12 to September 15. Noting that “for the first time since 1974, the Dairy Summit of the International Dairy Federation is being organized in India,” Shah said on Monday India has become the world’s largest milk producer with the contribution of lakhs of small and marginal dairy farmers.
“Today, the highest relevance in India is the cooperative institutions in the dairy sector.” At the event, Shah said the country has not only become self-sufficient in this dairy sector, but we are also able to export due to the efforts of crores of our cattle rearing brothers, especially sisters, and farmers.
The Home Minister said the Modi government believes that there should be a positive change in the lives of poor farmers in India as well as around the world. For this, there should be an exchange of success stories in the cooperative sector (like India’s Amul) between the countries so that the welfare of the people of the whole world can be enhanced.
“There has been a 360-degree development of the cooperative sector in India. There has not been any area that has been untouched by the cooperative. Modi government is promoting natural farming in the country by encouraging farmers,” said Shah, adding, “Natural farming is also done through cooperative dairy and there is also concern about the health of the citizens of the country.” Shah stressed the need for natural farming, saying it should be the soul of dairy, and that the goal of cooperative dairy is not to earn money but to give good health to every citizen by building a strong India. “In this, we can show the way to farmers all over the world.”
For rural development, he said, cooperative dairy and other cooperative institutions have contributed a lot to Gujarat.
“That cooperative model of Gujarat should be seen closely by all the dignitaries who came to this conference,” Shah urged. “The products of natural farming will contribute significantly to the development of India’s economy along with bringing prosperity to the lives of the farmers of the country.” Shah also emphasized the need for “dung bank”. “The whole world should understand the use of the dung bank of Modi ji. It contains the basic idea of the health of the whole world.”