Centre drawing Rs 15,000 cr plan for modernisation of milk plants
Jan 11 2017 , Gandhinagar
The government has admitted that in order to sustain 6 per cent growth, improved technologies, capacity building, marketing, scientific livestock management, knowhow related to milk production and better arrangement of loans is necessary. The dairy sector is to play a very important role in the government’s plan to help double farmers’ income by 2022.
Chaudhary said there is an urgent need to modernise the cooperative sector. Many plants have not been able to modernise after being set up. The government is also thinking of bringing out a milkmark, similar to woolmark, to protect the Indian milk.
The acceptability of Indian milk abroad will further get a fillip through this initiative, Chaudhary said.
Efforts are also on to declare India free from foot-& -mouth disease. It will be done statewise. The Centre has identified Telengana, Maharashtra, AP and Punjab in this regard.
India has achieved 4.2 per cent average growth in milk output in the last decade, far exceeding the world average of 2.2 per cent. During 2015-16, the growth was 6.7 per cent with an output of 15.5 crore tonnes.
The national dairy development board aims to raise per capita availability of milk from 337 gram to 500 gram by 2021-22. The demand of milk and milk products is rising and is likely to go up by 24 crore tonnes by 2025.