Success Story: India became self-sufficient in milk production, production increased ten times in five decades

Union Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister Purushottam Rupala has said that after nearly five decades, India is the world’s Dairy Summit is hosting. When the last summit was held in 1974, India produced only 23 million tonnes of milk. Which was less than our domestic needs. But today when we are summiting in 2022, then our milk production has increased almost ten times to 220 million tonnes. Now we are producing more milk than our domestic demand and are in a position to export. We are the world’s number one producer with 23 percent milk production.

Rupala was addressing the IDF World Dairy Summit organized at the India Expo Center in Greater Noida on Monday. Rupala said that today in our India about 8 crore families are associated with milk production and its business. About 9.5 lakh crore milk is being produced annually in the country. This is a record in itself. If we export milk, then cattle farmers will get more price than the domestic market. Through this summit, our livestock farmers and experts related to this field will get to learn a lot from each other. They will learn a lot from each other’s technology.

What happened to animal husbandry and dairy

The Dairy Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given many big gifts to the dairy sector during his rule. For the first time after independence, dairy and animal husbandry were recognized as separate departments. Ministry was created. By making this department independent, he gave three times the budget. For the first time 4332 mobile veterinary units were approved for the entire country. The government has spent Rs 700 crore on this. On 11 September 2019, all the animals from Mathura were announced for vaccination at a cost of 13 thousand crores.

Efforts to strengthen dairy in these states

Rupala said that efforts are being made to increase dairy business in UP and Bihar. The way the dairy and agriculture sector has been taken forward in India, its message is going to the whole world. When dairy is discussed, only milk and its products are talked about. But the Modi government has also opened the way for income from cow dung through the Gobar Dhan scheme. Both milk and cow dung will strengthen the rural economy. Now cow dung worth crores of rupees is being bought from cattle farmers.

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