Cargill announced the inauguration of its new Rs 88 cr (US$13.2 million) feed plant in Bathinda, Punjab, India – the largest dairy consuming, and dairy producing country in the world. India is also widely vegetarian, making dairy foods such as ghee, yogurt, and sauces a main source of protein.
After 14 months of construction, the plant will have the capacity to produce 10,000 tons of feed per month and the ability to feed 75,000 dairy cows per day in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Cargill’s animal nutrition business began working with India’s farmers to improve productivity in 2008. In 2014 alone, Cargill educated approximately 30,000 of the country’s farmers of animal feed, nutrition, and farm management practices with the goal of boosting dairy output.
“The continued trust of the dairy farmers in our feed products has encouraged us to build and invest in this new facility,” said Achyuth Iyengar, managing director for Cargill’s feed and nutrition business in India. “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.”
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