New Delhi, November 27: India is the ‘Oyster' of the global dairy industry with opportunities galore for the entrepreneur globally says Union Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh on the occasion of National Milk Day.
The minister said that the milk production has increased radically from 137.7 million tonnes in 2013-14 to 164 million tonnes in 2016-17. This has boosted the milk production by 18.8 % in 2016-17 as compared to 2013-14. Similarly, the per capita availability of milk increased from 307 gram in 2013-14 to 351 gram in 2016-17.
The minister also added that the government has initiated a number of dairy development schemes so that the enhanced demand due to variety of factors is met through domestic sources by laying special focus on raising milk production through improved productivity of our dairy animals. A new scheme “Rashtriya Gokul Mission” has been initiated for the first time in the country under which 18 Gokul Grams in 12 different States are being set up. Also two awards ‘Gopal Ratna Award’ for upkeep of the best dairy animals of indigenous breeds and ‘Kamdhenu Award’ for institutions maintaining best herd of indigenous breeds.
About 70 million rural households are engaged in dairying in India with 80% of total cow population. So to benefit them more a scheme titled 'Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund' (DIDF) for dairy cooperative sector has been initiated with an outlay of Rs.10881 Cr. This scheme would focus on creation of additional milk processing infrastructure and chilling infrastructure through setting up of Bulk Milk Coolers.
The National Action Plan Vision-2022 is being prepared to fill the gaps in the infrastructure required to handle the increased coverage and milk production not only to meet the demand of milk and milk products but also to fulfil the objective of doubling the farmers’ income.