A group of 55 farmers involved in dairy activities in and around Tirupur have embarked upon a trip to Gujarat on Sunday with a purpose.
They wanted to extract a leaf or two out of the impressive success story of the cooperative dairy movement in Gujarat which is more synonymous with the outside world by its brand name Amul, the dairy cooperative based in Anand in Gujarat.
The farmers will also be studying the novel reforms initiated by the Narendra Modi-regime to help the agriculture sector flourish.
On June 11 (Tuesday), the farmers will attend a conference on livestock and dairy development at Gandhinagar where they will get an opportunity to interact with peers from other parts of the country. The members of the entourage will also have an opportunity to have a tete-a-tete with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during the visit.
“As per the invitation received, it will be a 15 minutes interaction with the Chief Minister on Tuesday,” E. R. Eswaran, general secretary of Kongunadu Makkal Desiya Katchi and a farmer himself, who has coordinated the trip said.
On Wednesday, the farmers will visit Anand to study the growth of the brand Amul.
“Interactions with progressive farmers are part of the itinerary. This will help the farmers here to understand more about cattle rearing and how the milk can effectively be collected and processed through the cooperative movements with farmers getting the maximum benefit of the revenues,” Mr. Eswaran said.