Bhutan seeks Amul’s help to source 2,000 cows

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The Prime Min­is­ter of Bhutan Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay vis­ited Amul Dairy in Anand on Tues­day, along with a 19-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion that in­cluded his wife Aum Tashi Doma, and sought the ex­per­tise of Gu­jarat Co-oper­a­tive Milk Mar­ket­ing Fed­er­a­tion (GCMMF) in sourc­ing 2,000 cows for farm­ers in his coun­try. GCMMF chair­man Jethab­hai Pa­tel re­ceived Tob­gay and other dig­ni­taries. Later, GCMMF MD R S Sodhi told The In­dian Ex­press that the Bhutan PM wanted help from GCMMF in sourc­ing cows of jersey and HF breed for the farm­ers. “They want to give cows to their farm­ers and want to buy jersey and HF breed of cows. Tob­gay asked Amul can help them in sourc­ing the cows,” Sodhi said.

Tob­gay was im­pressed with the dairy co­op­er­a­tive move­ment of In­dia and the con­tri­bu­tion made by the dairy co-oper­a­tive in the up­lift of farm­ers. In a press re­lease, Tob­gay was quoted as say­ing: “I have heard a lot about Amul and have grown up ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the won­ders of Amul. I am de­lighted and hon­oured to be at Anand.”

Tob­gay said he re­spected the spirit of Sar­dar Pa­tel, “a gi­ant among men,” and Vergh­ese Kurien, “an in­spi­ra­tion to peo­ple the world over”.

Tob­gay’s hand­writ­ten note in the guest book of Amul Co­op­er­a­tive says, “It is my hon­our to visit Anand to pay my re­spects to Sar­dar Pa­tel, a gi­ant among men and Dr Vergh­ese Kurien, an in­spi­ra­tion to peo­ple world over. Thank you Team Amul for your hos­pi­tal­ity.”

Tob­gay was also ac­com­pa­nied by his daugh­ter and the fi­nance min­is­ter of Bhutan as he vis­ited the plant to un­der­stand the process of milk pro­duc­tion. Tob­gay also vis­ited the garage where Dr Kurien resided dur­ing his early days in Anand, as well as the memo­rial of Dr Kurien and his wife Molly. Tob­gay also viewed a power point pre­sen­ta­tion on the his­tory of the milk co­op­er­a­tive since its in­cep­tion in 1946 by Amul Dairy MD K Rat­nam and GCMMF MD R S Sodhi.

Gu­jarat Cab­i­net Min­is­ter Ra­man­lal Vora, Anand MP Dilip Pa­tel, MLA San­jay Pa­tel, Ro­hit Pa­tel, Col­lec­tor Rakesh Shankar as well as of­fi­cials of the lo­cal civic body and the milk co­op­er­a­tive were part of the in­ter­ac­tion with Tob­gay.

The Bhutanese PM said he too be­longed to the fam­ily of farm­ers and has cows at his home. He praised the spirit of Amul. “All over the world, farm­ers and so­cial work­ers draw in­spi­ra­tion from Amul’s co­op­er­a­tive move­ment.”

Sodhi briefed Tob­gay about Amul’s mar­ket­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in Bhutan and of­fered to support the Hi­malayan coun­try in dairy de­vel­op­ment there, in­clud­ing the pur­chase of 2,000 cows.

Bhutanese PM Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay in Anand Tues­day.

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