Milk giant Verghese Kurien diesThis article was originally published in Foodnews
Verghese Kurien, 90, the father of India’s “white revolution”, died Sunday in Gujarat. A champion of the small farmer, Kurien was instrumental in creating a national milk distribution grid in the 1970s that turned India into the world’s largest producer of milk and dairy products. Kurien’s Amul Dairy brand, a cooperative based in Gujarat, generates annual sales of some USD2.5 billion, driven by three million producer members. “His greatest contribution was to give a position of pre-eminence to the farmer,” India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.