Cargill Opens Dairy Industry Feed Plant in India

September 29, 2016

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Cargill Opens Dairy Industry Feed Plant in India
Cargill opened a dairy feed plant in India on Wednesday. Image courtesy of the USDA

Cargill opened its new Rs.88 crore dairy feed plant Wednesday in Bathinda, Punjab, India, the Minnetonka, MN-based company announced. The plant in India, the world’s largest consumer and producer of dairy products, will provide 10,000 metric tons of feed each month to dairy farmers in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, or food for 75,000 cows daily.

“We believe this new dairy feed plant will provide quality feed and introduce the latest know-how which will help our dairy farmers earn better yields and contribute to the progress of Punjab. We expect Cargill to share their global experience with the region’s farmers which will put Punjab on the global map with other leading model dairy regions across the world,” said the deputy chief minister of Punjab, Shri Sukhbir Singh Badal in a Cargill press release.

The company’s animal nutrition division started working with Indian dairy farmers in 2008, assisting in developing farm management techniques and improving milk productivity. In 2014, Cargill said it educated 30,000 Indian dairy farmers on nutrition and farm management best practices.

“We have been catering to the Punjab dairy farmer for more than 10 years now. The continued trust of the dairy farmers in our feed products has encouraged us to build and invest in this new facility. Through this plant, we will be able to expand our supply of high-quality, safe, and nutritious feed and services in the state of Punjab,” said Achyuth Iyengar, managing director if Cargill’s complete feed and animal nutrition business in India.

The facility took 14 months to construct, involving about 400 workers and contractors who logged more than 700,000 safe working hours, the company’s release said.

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