Addressing the “Dairy Vision 2025”, organized by Confederation of Indian Industry with the support of Ministry of Agriculture, Radha Mohan Singh, honourable Minister of Agriculture, Government of India, said that, “Collective efforts by the Government, Co-operatives and private sector is needed for sustainable dairy development.”
The Agriculture Minister also pointed out that India is the largest producer of milk since 1998 and accounts for about 17 per cent of the world milk production. The value of output of milk increased from Rs 1,15,970 crore in 2006-07 to Rs 3,05,484 crore in 2011-12, an increase of 163 per cent during XI Plan. The average growth in milk production in the country in the last decade was 4.2 per cent as against World average of 2.2 per cent indicating a healthy trend.
He also mentioned that considering 83 per cent of our cattle population is of indigenous breed, if productivity of these segments of the cattle is improved we will go far ahead in meeting the dairy demand of our country. Schemes like ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission’ will go a long way in helping to conserve and improve the welfare of the indigenous breed of the country. He further informed the august gathering about the opening of the kamdhenu breeding centres in North and south India.
T Nandakumar, Chairman, National Dairy Development Board said that dairy would remain an important sector for government intervention for rural poverty alleviation. He said, “Looking at the dairy scenario 2025, I would like to recognize three challenges of climate, technology and markets.” He said that, in a manner in which the initiative for ‘Bringing Green Revolution to the Eastern India’ was started, there is a need for serious consideration to start the initiative ‘Bringing While Revolution to Eastern India.’ This would enable in tapping the water potential of region, which is conducive for fodder production. This apart from increasing milk production and productivity it would help to alleviate poverty in the region considering the region is characterized by large number of households having small and marginal and small land holdings.
Anup Kumar Thakur, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture assured that dairy development is a top priority of the Ministry. He mentioned that focus should be given to strengthen the extension machinery of the country. Government is well aware of the developing challenges in the Dairy sector and is trying to develop a roadmap to overcome these challenges.
Complementing the Ministry in its efforts towards dairy development Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII said “The efforts of the Ministry towards dairy development need a special mention. The schemes like “Rashtriya Gokul mission” focussed towards raising milk productivity while protecting and developing indigenous breeds is a great beginning. Also the budgetary allocations to the sector show the government’s commitment towards developing dairy sector.”
Dairy Vision 2025 has been planned to take stock of the current situation across the dairy value chain and evolve strategies for increasing productivity and profitability of the farmers, identify potential opportunities for Public Private Partnership, identify and resolve key policy constraints and provide a platform to showcase innovations and success stories.