Rapid increase in milk production seems to be an important agenda on the list of the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. According to a report by the F&B News, Radha Mohan Singh, Agriculture and farmers’ welfare minister has said that the aim was to increase the milk production 250 million tonne by 2022. He also said that for this, many initiatives are already in around and that 28 percent growth was seen in the past four years.
Rapid Milk Production
“The country produced 135 million tonne of milk in 2014-15, while it was at a record level of 176 million tonne in 2017-18. There was a 6.5 per cent annual growth in the dairy sector since 2014, and we hope that the target of 250 million tonne of milk production is achievable,” Radha Singh said while addressing the celebration of National Milk Day in New Delhi. He also mentioned that the average price of milk per litre is Rs.29 and that the availability per person has also increased which is 69 grams and currently stands at 376 grams.
Adding that India was low with regards to value addition to milk that stands at 20 percent, he said that the government had sanctioned a fund for the same. The dairy processing and an infrastructure fund that he mentioned is to be a dedicated programme for increasing the value addition for milk and Rs.11,000 crore has been kept aside for it.