Verghese Kurien

Topics: Milk, Dairy farming, Dairy Pages: 3 (800 words) Published: December 10, 2012
Lest we forget!
Dr. Verghese Kurien - the man who came to Anand almost 60 years ago after completing his graduation in the US, had decided to leave soon in search for better opportunities. But something made him stay back forever – the “billion-litre” idea - to transform the life of millions of milk producers in the country — and he stayed on to become the "Milkman of India", the Father of White Revolution.

Hardly, one would find a young graduate with a lucrative career ahead settling to improve the lives of the poor but Dr. Kurien was an extraordinary man who cherished a dream of the dairy industry of India.

Kurien was only 28 when he came to Anand in Gujarat in 1949, and was soon working relentlessly to help a budding cooperative grow. For him the dairy farmers were the rightful owners of the milk business. By 1955, the co-operative owned Asia's largest dairy and was producing more than 20,000 litres of milk a day. This is when AMUL (meaning priceless), Asia's top milk-producing brand today, was born. Soon Anand had been transformed from a small village in the country to the Milk Capital of India.

Kurien replicated the Anand model throughout India as Operation Flood, making India the world's largest producer of milk. Not only did Gujarat’s farmers benefit immensely from Kurien’s work, the other milk producing states such as Bihar, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh also started flourishing under Kurien’s guidance. He is hailed as an iconic figure who transformed Bihar and gave the milk revolution to the state, while he was the chairman of the Patna Dairy Project. He strongly believed that by placing technology and professional management in the hands of the farmers, the living standards of millions of rural poor could be improved. His creation of community owned cooperatives empowered millions of rural families, mostly landless and small farmers, in India. Today over 10 million farmers across the country at 200 dairies produce over 20 million litres of...
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