Bathinda is all set to find its place on global map with Cargill Feed and Nutrition India, the global supplier of animal nutrition products, all set to begin its state-of-the-art cattle feed nutrition plant soon.
With an estimated construction cost of Rs 70 crore, this is the first green field plant of the global firm in the country. Expected to generate employment opportunities for about 200 people, besides providing training to 20,000 farmers annually in dairy nutrition, calf rearing and farm management, the plant will produce nutritious diet for cows and allow for crop diversification.
According to Dr Prashant Shinde, firm’s technology application manager, the plant would benefit dairy farmers not only from Punjab but also from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. The company he said, was already holding several awareness workshops on different aspects of dairy farming in these states. To start with the plant will have the capacity to manufacture 1, 20,000 MT of feed. Covering the land of about 8.5 acre the feed manufacturing plant will use the latest technology from Cargill USA and Cargill Italy feed manufacturing plants.
Apart from this, Cargill would also help adopting solution-driven methods to Punjab’s dairy feed needs. These include NIR testing for incoming raw material quality, nutrient driven formulation and rigorous testing of raw materials and finished feed to improve results for farmers.
Achyuth Iyengar, managing director of Cargill Feed & Nutrition, India business, added, “Cargill’s investment will feed approximately 75,000 cows per year, incentivize over 3,000 farmers towards growing grains, and help in crop diversification.”
The initiative for the plant began soon after Cargill India signed an MoU with the Punjab government at the Progressive Punjab Investors Summit for setting up of the Ultra-modern Cattle feed mill. The objective of setting up the project was cited as to generate rural employment opportunities, directly benefit farmers and allow for crop diversification.
The foundation stone for the state of the art feed manufacturing plant was laid by Deputy Chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Chairman Cargill India Siraj Chaudhry and Managing Director Cargill Feed and Nutrition India Achyuth Iyengar on February 26, 2014.
Soon after the ceremony, Badal had expressed happiness over Cargill’s investment in this environment friendly plant, which he had maintained that would put Punjab on a global map with other leading model dairy regions all over the world.
“This initiative will equip local farmers with the knowhow and help in implementing a reliable supply chain for dairy processing, besides helping in crop diversification,” he had said.
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and related services. It primarily transforms commodities like corn, soybeans and wheat into innovative feed and nutrition for livestock and fish which turn out to be high quality protein meeting the needs of approximately 1.5 billion people.
According to Chairman, Cargill India Siraj Chaudhry, the role of animal feed mill is bound find more relevance with the growing demand of milk in country, which is expected to grow by 50% by 2023. The animal feed mill, he said would play an important role in catering to the increasing demand.
“Cargill Animal Nutrition plays a critical role in the feed to food supply chain, and these series of investments in Punjab further reiterate our continued commitment to India and help make Punjab our dairy hub in India,” he said
Cargill has been providing food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services all over the world. By involving farmers, customers, governments and communities, it has been helping communities by applying insights and latest technical know-how. It has over 142,000 employees in 67 countries, who are making contribution for reducing environmental impact and improving the communities through their work.