17
Monday
January 2022
12:43 AM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | Health   | About Deepika 
Kerala News
Dr Kurien’s vision is of greater relevance in the context of farm sector: Kerala CM
 
Thiruvananthapuram, Recalling the outstanding contributions of Dr. Verghese Kurien to the inclusive growth of the rural sector, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said the vision of the Father of India’s White Revolution is of increased relevance at a time when the country’s agricultural and co-operative sectors are facing consequences of defective policies.
The Chief Minister was speaking after virtually unveiling the statue of Dr. Verghese Kurien, installed at Milma Bhavan, besides inaugurating the National Milk Day celebrations and the valedictory of the year-long Dr. Verghese Kurien centenary celebrations under the aegis of the Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (KCMMF).
“Recalling the contributions of Dr. Verghese Kurien becomes significant on two counts. He is the architect of India’s White Revolution that imparted a great momentum to the country’s dairy sector. He also reminds us of the substantial contributions that the co-operative sector can make to economic development”, the Chief Minister said.
This year’s National Milk Day assumes added significance as it is being celebrated when farmers in the country are pulling out of farming and agricultural production is dwindling as a result of defective policies being pursued and the co-operative sector coming under attack, Vijayan said.
There is a strong argument that governments should stop intervening in the food sector, leaving it entirely to big monopolies. But the experience the world over is that such a situation will only lead to steep price rise. Food security can be achieved only by meticulous planning and implementation of projects. This makes the intervention of governments in food sector and open market crucial, the Chief Minister said.
The Kerala Government is making the best efforts to achieve self sufficiency in agriculture and ensure remunerative prices for farmers by making necessary interventions in production and distribution processes. This approach has helped the state to almost become self-sufficient in milk production. The state is now in a position to produce 70 lakh litres of milk a day out of its demand of 80 lakh litres, he said.
Noting that Malayalis could be proud of Dr. Kurien’s services to the nation, he said Milma was formed by drawing inspiration from the success of Amul, built by him. As his native state, Dr Kurien had shown deep interest in Kerala. The growth of Milma demonstrates that public sector institutions could make immense contributions to the society if they are run efficiently.
In her presidential address, Minister for Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development Ms J Chinchurani said India is greatly indebted to Dr. Verghese Kurien for its transformation from a milk-deficient country into one of world’s largest producers of milk.
Recalling his contributions to the nation’s dairy sector, Ms Chinchurani called for collective efforts for getting the nation’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna conferred on Dr. Kurien.
“In the 1940s, the country used to depend heavily on imports to meet its demand for milk. Now, we are one of world’s largest milk producers. This has happened mainly due to the farsightedness and tireless efforts of Dr. Kurien”, she said.
The vision, social commitment and managerial skills of Dr. Kurien have always been a source of inspiration for Kerala and helped it emerge as a milk-sufficient state, she added.
On the occasion, Transport Minister Antony Raju presented the Dr. Verghese Kurien Scholarship for the best B-Tech Dairy Science students of the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University at the ceremony. Raju also honoured Unni Kanayi, the sculptor of the statue of Dr. Kurien.
“The National Milk Day celebrations are being held at a time when the cooperative sector in the country is facing many challenges. There should be concerted efforts for improving the lives of lakhs of dairy farmers by lending them a helping hand,” the Minister added.
Opposition Leader V D Satheesan, in his online keynote address, lauded Milma’s remarkable efforts to make the state self-sufficient in milk production.
Delivering the Dr. Verghese Kurien memorial lecture, former Chairman of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) T Nandakumar said fearlessness and honesty were the hallmarks of Dr Kurien’s personality. The Milk Man believed that dairy farmers should be given back the benefit for their hard work, he added.
Ms Nirmala Kurien, daughter of Dr. Kurien, who was present as a special guest through video conferencing, said her father’s name is engraved in the history of dairy sector in India. She added that Dr Kurien firmly believed that the interests of farmers have to be protected to increase the footfall in the sector.
Milma Chairman K S Mani, in his welcome address, said it’s a proud moment for Milma as the cooperative milk society at Deepthi Giri, Wayanad, has been selected as the second Best Milk Cooperative Society in the country by NDDB.
Besides, Ms Resmi I.M from Kottayam has been adjudged as the Second Best dairy farmer. From December 1, Rs 70 discount will be given for Gold cattle feed and Rs 25 discount for Rich cattle feed, he added.
Milma Managing Director Dr. Patil Suyog Subhashrao proposed a vote of thanks.
Pharma firm Provet presented Rs 28 lakh-worth medicines to Thiruvananthapuram Co-operative Milk Producers Union (TRCMPU) for free of cost at the function.


Solar lanterns to 109 tribal families
CPI(M)'s 'praising Chinese policy' courts controversy
Govt committed to implement all dev projects: Pinarayi
Transgender seeks help to file petition for mercy killing
Actor Dileep files anticipatory bail in alleged threatening case
India exports pineapple worth USD 2.68 million in 2020-21
Kerala Health Minister orders probe into kidnapping of newborn baby
Kidnapped new born baby found, woman held
BJP to lead protests against K Rail: K Surendran
Suspension of former IT Secretary M Sivasankar revoked
Kerala: ASI assaulted passenger in train
Vice President visits IAC Vikrant
Discourage sale of milk from other States: Kerala Minister Chinchurani
Kerala logs 44 more Omicron cases
CM says Silver Line Project will transform Kerala's transport infrastructure
19-year-old youth stabbed to death at neighbour's house in wee-hours
ED questions actress Sruthi Lakshmi
Night restrictions in Kerala from Dec 30 to Jan 2
CM's pilot vehicle meets with accident, 4 police men injured
Kerala Guv, CM condole demise of MLA PT Thomas
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Leslie Grace shares first look of ‘Batgirl’ suit
 Los Angeles,Leslie Grace has shared an image of herself as Batgirl from the upcoming Warner Bros And  
Newly wed VicKat celebrate first Lohri
'Death on the Nile' set to hit theatres in one month
Jasmin Bhasin, Gippy Grewal team up for 'Honeymoon'
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Boris Johnson faces mounting Tory backlash over 'Partygate'
 London, Boris Johnson is facing a mounting Tory backlash over ‘Partygate’ with a dozen MPs issuing p
5 get death sentence in Pakistan
'Jaffna not a city in the south of any other country', says Chinese envoy, in reference to India
'80pc Afghan journalists lost jobs'
NATIONAL NEWS
EC extends ban on rallies by Jan 22
 New Delhi, The Election Commission on Saturday banned political rallies and road shows in the five p
Philippines to purchase BrahMos cruise missiles
BJP leaders meet over UP polls
Lok Sabha Speaker inspects Covid measures in Parliament
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2021 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.