Dairy Vision 2025: Opportunities and the Way Forward
Collective Efforts by the Government, Cooperatives and Private Sector Needed for Sustainable Dairy Development Addressing the Dairy Vision 2025 organised by Confederation of Indian Industry in association with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that collective efforts by the Government, Co-operatives and private sector is needed for sustainable dairy development. The Agriculture Minister pointed out that India is the largest producer of milk since 1998 and accounts for about 17% 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% during XI Plan. The average growth in milk production in the country in the last decade was 4.2% as against World average of 2.2% indicating a healthy trend. The Agriculture Minister said that about 15.1 million farmers have been brought under the ambit of 1,55,634 village level dairy corporative societies up to March 2013. He said that the effort of the Department in the dairy sector are concentrated on providing backward linkages like breed improvement initiatives, animal health, AI services and promotion of dairy activities and forward linkages in terms of market access with emphasis on building up cooperative infrastructure, revitalization of sick dairy cooperative federations and creation of infrastructure in the States for production of quality milk and milk products. The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) provides technical support in all these activities for overall development of Dairy Sector, especially in the Operation Flood areas. The Agriculture Minister, however, noted with concern that in spite of India’s position as highest producer of milk, productivity of our bovines is very poor. It is only 1525.20 Kgs/year as compared to the world average of 2,159 Kgs/year. Milk production and productivity can be increased by genetic upgradation of animals through scientific breeding, balanced nutrition and effective livestock health. Shri Radha Mohan Singh said the Government of India has launched National Dairy Plan to give further fillip to dairy activities and to meet the increasing demand for milk and milk products through enhanced productivity. Shri T.Nandakumar, Chairman, National Dairy Development Board said that dairy would remain an important sector for government intervention for rural poverty alleviation. Shri Anup Kumar Thakur, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture mentioned that focus should be given to strengthen the extension machinery of the country. 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.