Milk Production – UPSC GS3

Key Facts:
  • During the past three years, India has outpaced the global milk production with an annual growth rate of 5.53% compared with the 2.09% achieved globally.
  • India has been the largest producer of milk in the world for the past 15 years.
  • Milk production, which was around 17-22 million tonnes in the 1960s, has increased to 163.7 million tonnes in 2016-17. Particularly, it has increased by 19% during 2016-17 in comparison to the year 2013-14.
  • Similarly, per capita availability of milk has increased from 307 grams in 2013-14 to 351 grams in the year 2016-17. Similarly, the income of dairy farmers increased by 23.77% in 2014-17 compared to 2011-14.
What next?
  • To meet future challenges, it is necessary to gradually shift towards a technology-driven environment.
National Action Plan Vision 2022:
  • The Department of Animal Husbandry and Daily Farming is working on a National Action Plan Vision 2022
  • Enhancing the outreach of dairy cooperatives to additional villages and milk producers.
  • Building of additional milk processing infrastructure for processing additional volume of milk expected on account of higher milk production and meeting the increased demand for value-added products.
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