New Delhi: The Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying Giriraj Singh today addressed entrepreneurs, milk producer farmers, academia and media on the occasion of National Milk Day, 2019 at Pusa in New Delhi.
Singh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for protecting the interest of 10 crore farmers by not joining Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). He said that Modi has always given prime importance to the betterment of ‘gaon gareeb kisaan’, and RCEP was not in favour of farmers. He further added that Modi had said that he cannot turn away from the needs of India’s farmers.
Singh stated that milk production has increased significantly from 137.7 million tons in 2013-14 to 187.75 million tons in 2018-19, thereby indicating an increase of 36.35%. Similarly, the per capita availability of milk increased from 307 grams in 2013-14 to 394 grams in 2018-19.
He also noted that the annual growth rate of milk production during the period 2009-14 was 4.2%, which has increased to 6.4% during 2014-19. The annual growth rate of world milk production has increased by 1.2% during 2014-19.
Singh stated that India is the ray of hope of the global dairy industry with opportunities galore for the entrepreneurs globally. He added that since the last 20 years, India continues to be the largest producer of milk in the world and this phenomenal increase is due to several measures initiated by the Union Government to increase the productivity of livestock.
Singh said that the livestock sector contributes significantly towards livelihoods and security net for the landless and marginal farmers. About 70 million rural households are engaged in dairying in India with 80% of the total cow population.
Singh noted that during the last 15 years, milk cooperatives have converted about 20% of milk procured into traditional and value-added products that offer about 20% higher revenue, and this share of value-added products is estimated to increase to 40% by 2023-24.
Addressing the gathering, Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Sanjeev Kumar Balyan said that the 6.5% growth rate is still low due to the base effect but this will change as the Ministry is ensuring all policies and schemes are being formulated for improving the quality of livestock and quantity of milk.
Balyan thanked Modi for setting up a separate Ministry for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying so that emphasis can be laid on their development. He said that resources of the Government are limited and the private sector should also support the initiatives of the Government. There is a perception in the minds of the people about milk adulteration and it needs to be changed, he added.
Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Pratap Chandra Sarangi said that technology should be harnessed properly for improvement of the sector overall. He observed that breed improvement can be done more innovatively and policies should be made to ensure both quality and quantity of domestic production.
The Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying emphasized that Government has initiated a number of dairy development schemes in order to meet enhanced demand of milk through domestic sources by laying special emphasis on raising milk production through improved productivity and health of our dairy animals.
In this direction, a new scheme has been launched by the Prime Minister called National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) with an allocation of Rs 13,343 crores for complete control of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis in the country.
Nationwide Artificial Insemination Program for enhancing AI coverage thereby increasing milk production and productivity was also launched by Modi. The Department of Animal Husbandry is also working on the convergence of schemes with those of other Departments and Ministries so as to double the income of farmers.
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