Today : National Milk Day-Facts About It

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  • Every year 26 November is being observed as National Milk Day (NMD)
  • To mark birth anniversary of Father of the White Revolution Dr.Verghese Kurien.
  • Verghese Kurien was an Indian social entrepreneur known as the “Father of the White Revolution” for his Operation Flood, the world’s largest agricultural development programme.

 



Background:

  • The idea of observing National Milk Day was first mooted by Indian Dairy Association (IDA) in 2014 on the lines of World Milk Day observed on June 1 under the aegis of UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
  • The first NMD was observed on 26 November 2014 by all Indian diary sector majors including National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), IDA along with around 22 state level milk federations.

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About Dr.Verghese Kurien

  • Verghese Kurien was born on 26 November 1921 in Calicut in then Madras Presidency of British India. He had died on 9 September 2012.
  • Organizations founded: Amul, Institute of Rural Management
  • Born: November 26, 1921, Kozhikode
  • Books: An Unfinished Dream, Sapna Jo Poora Hua, I too had a Dream
  • Died: September 9, 2012, Nadiad
  • Movies: Manthan

Operation Flood:

  • As a social entrepreneur he had started billion-litre idea-Operation Flood which was the world’s largest agricultural development programme.
  • Operation had helped to transform India from a milk-deficit country into the world’s largest milk producer.

 

Milk Co-operatives Movement:

  • He had founded around 30 cooperative institutions of excellence (like AMUL, GCMMF, IRMA, NDDB) which are owned, managed by farmers and run by professionals.
  • As the founding chairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), Dr. Kurien was pioneer in establishment and success of the Amul brand of dairy products.

 

Milk powder:

  • Under his chairmanship, Amul achieved key invention of milk powder processed from buffalo milk.

 

Awards and Honours:

  • Ramon Magsaysay Award (1963), World Food Prize (1989), Padma Shri (1965), Padma Bhushan (1966) and Padma Vibhushan (1999).

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