Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 18 Feb 1976, Wed, Page 81
Mr. Stewart Drummond, 60 year-old area farmer and agricultural equipment specialist will spend the next two years in India establishing a 600-head dairy operation that is expected to provide food for thousands of Indian residents. He and M r. Lyle Miller, originally of P akenham , will supervise the use and maintenance of a variety of agricultural machinery on two, adjacent 1000 acre farms, one of which is owned by Mr. Dilawri of Dilawri Motors of S tittsville and the other by the Indian Government.
Co-funded by the Canadian and Indian Governments, the project is under sponsorship of the Canadian Hunger Foundation. Mr. Drummond has had a life-long interest in and aptitude for agricultural machinery. He has sold and serviced many lines of farm machinery and was working with farm machinery for Difawri’s in Stittsville when Mr. Dilawri approached him last summer about the India project. Mr. Dilawri, who is a native of India, had questioned the sending of powdered milk to India, when he knew India had more fertile land than the United States, and with irrigation could support their own farms and dairy herds.
Mr. Dilawri is arranging the negotiations between the Indian and Canadian governments. Mr. Drummond and Mr. Miller will be in charge of the assembly and operation of four tractors.
trailer loads of new farm^equipment, plows, discs, tractors, and harvesters, sent for the project as well has two milking parlours. They will also be involved with the installation of irrigation system s. Three hundred of the 600 Holstein cows to be sent to India have arrived.
Most of these animals have been raised on Canadian farms. Mr. Drummond, before leaving, travelled to the United States where he studied a particular line of machinery at the factory where it was manufactured. Now in India, Mr. Drummond will be involved with the project for at least two years, with expected intermittent trips to Canada during this time.
The project, which has been in the planning stages for some time, may go on for several years. Mr. Drummond, who flew to India with brief stop-overs in Amsterdam and at the Persian Gulf, is now waiting for the arrival of the unassembled equipment which left Canada by boat and is now temporarily docked at Bombay.
From there it will be shipped overland by truck to the project site which is in the foothills of the Himalayas; in Punjab province, for assembly. Once the machinery is opera ting, Mr. Drummond will begin to train natives of India in its servicing and operation with the ultimate hope that the farms will provide both employment and a source of fresh milk to Indian residents.
February 26, 1976 Almonte Gazette
Kyla Baron added
I am a granddaughter of Stewart Drummond. My mother is Mildred (Millie), his eldest daughter. I was speaking to her yesterday about his trip to India and she said that it was not a scam and that he was there for many months – almost missing her wedding in Sept. ’76.
In fact, he wrote her a letter to tell her that he wouldn’t be home for the wedding at all. The Dilawri family of Ottawa had a farm machinery dealership at the time and they hired Grandpa to put the machinery back together when it arrived at the Indian farm because it had to be put on a ship all in pieces due to logistics.
There were insurmountable issues with the project though – the machinery sat in pieces at the Indian port for a long time because the infrastructure it had to travel on to get to the remote farm was horrible. Grandpa worked very hard for a long time to figure out how to get it to the farm but in the end, I believe that was what killed the project.
The Dilawri family paid for Grandpa to stay in a very nice house/hotel while he was there but he clearly missed Grandma’s cooking because he lost 20 lbs while he was in India! Anyway, just wanted to clarify the story.
Thanks Kyla for this added information.. I appreciate it