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From 50 Years Ago: Amul Cheese and Baby Food.

Weekly Notes from Volume XII, No. 44, October 29, 1960.

Amul Dairy is going to produce cheese and baby foods in a big way, adopting the latest and the very best techniques, automatic plants and the rest. So, soon enough, Amul cheese and Amul baby foods will be as much household words in middle class homes as Amul butter is today. When the baby food and cheese plants are formally opened by Shri Morarji Desai next week, naturally attention would be drawn to the technological advancement achieved in setting up production of a million pounds of cheese and 2,500 tons of baby food of a quality which is guaranteed to hold its own against the very best anywhere. Now baby foods being highly standardised products, this claim may not be unwarranted since much patient re-search has gone to the perfection of the for-mula and the best expertise has been availed of for the purpose. But about the quality of Amul cheese, one may enter a caveat in defer-ence to the susceptibilities of more discrimi-nating palates. But the scale of output – a mil-lion pounds to begin with – must be impres-sive, considering that in the bygone days when imported cheese used to be freely avail-able, the quantity imported in any one year did not exceed very much a million pounds… The advancement in technology achieved at Amul Dairy, though impressive by any standards, should not dim its achievements in the less spectacular sphere of banding Gujarati peasants and small farmers into a unique co-operative venture. That is the out-standing achievement of Anand. Unfortunately, Anand is not being multiplied in every State and every district as it should be. Why? No one has fully answered that question. The Khaira District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union which runs the Amul Dairy began in a very small way only seven years ago. Its mem-bership has grown and the villagers of the surrounding areas have been drawn in, and now, the society expects to enlist the peasants and farmers of the entire district and draw them into its fold...

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