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After 132 Years of Service, Indian Army Closes Military Farms | India News


NEW DELHI: After 132 years of service, the Indian Army announced that military farms will be closed as of Wednesday.
India’s military farms are spread over more than 20,000 acres of prime defense land across the country in cities like Ambala, Kolkata, Srinagar, Agra, Pathankot, Lucknow, Meerut, Allahabad, and Guwahati.
The farms were established by the British Army for the production and supply of hygienic, healthy and fresh cow’s milk to troops located in various garrisons throughout India.
Speaking to ANI, Lieutenant General Shashank Mishra said: “After serving for almost 132 years, the military farm is ending its services. It was established on February 1, 1889 in Allahabad, which is now Prayagraj, and when we gained independence In 1947, India had 130 farms. At that time it was very beneficial for us as the White Revolution had not started. Verghese Kurien started Operation Flood in 1970. ”
Mishra also said that military farms had contributed greatly to promoting dairy production, which has helped the military provide milk in inaccessible areas of the country.
“For this commendable work, I congratulate the members of the military estates on behalf of the Chief of the Army. Today the flag was lowered which is a very emotional moment for all of us. This flag will be installed in the army museum with the history of military farms, “he said.
“The contribution of the military farms will never be forgotten. Now milk is available everywhere, so now it is being closed and there has been a lot of expansion of the army, now we are going to use this land properly,” he added.
The lieutenant general also said that all the cows have been offered to the states and that people who work on the military farms have been assigned to other departments.

Times of India