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Father of India's 'milk revolution' dies at 90

NEW DELHI -- Verghese Kurien, fondly called the “milkman of India,” for his efforts in turning the country into the world's largest milk producer, died Sunday at 90.

Kurien is credited with being the architect of the world's largest cooperative dairy development program, Operation Flood, which was launched in the western state of Gujarat in the 1970s.

Today, an estimated 10 million farmers across India produce more than 20 million liters of milk every day.

“It is with a deep sense of sadness that I have to inform you that Dr. Kurien, father of the White Revolution, passed away in Nadiad, central Gujarat, early Sunday,” the chief of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, RS Sodhi, told reporters.

Sodhi said Kurien had been suffering from kidney problems for the past few months.

Kurien won many awards including the World Food Prize, the Magsaysay Award and top Indian honors such as the Padma Bhushan.

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