Cargill has inaugurated a new feed plant in Bathinda, Punjab, India.

In India, where the population is largely vegetarian, dairy is a primary source of protein. Milk-based paneer, ghee, yogurt and sauces are all staples of daily life, making the country the largest consumer and the largest producer of dairy in the world. This new plant is a testament of Cargill’s commitment to support the growth and development of the booming dairy industry and its farming community in India.

The plant will provide consistently high-quality, nutritious and safe feed to dairy farmers in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. It will produce 10,000 metric tons of feed per month and feed 75,000 cows per day.

In 2008, Cargill’s animal nutrition business began working with dairy farmers in the country to optimize farm management techniques and boost milk productivity. Every week, the company sent a team of veterinarians and sales personnel to share its expertise, conduct farmer group meetings and raise awareness of ways to increase productivity. Working with dairy operations of all sizes – from five cows to 100 – Cargill teams educated nearly 30,000 farmers on nutrition and farm management best practices in 2014 alone.