The growth in dairy production in India is the result of dairy cooperative societies’ hard work and it’s the result of milk producers’ constant efforts, support of committed professionals, and the vision and expertise of NDDB, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said while releasing a Coffee Table Book titled “50 Years – The Great Indian Milk Revolution”
The release commemorates National Dairy Development Board’s (NDDB) Golden Jubilee year. Singh also said that since 1998, the poor and marginal milk producers have worked hard to make the country world's top milk producer. The success was not achieved overnight.
NDDB's sustained efforts through Operation Flood and the present National Dairy plan helped the country’s dairy sector in maintaining a steady growth. There has been a marked increase in the contribution of livestock to agricultural GDP and livestock’s in the dairy sector. In terms of value, milk is the largest agricultural commodity in India.
According to official estimates, India's milk production has crossed 155 million tonnes mark. This has resulted in the rise of per capita milk availability to about 337 gm/day. In the last two years, milk production grew at 6.5 percent annually as against 4.5 percent per annum in the previous 10 years, which is almost double as compared to the growth in milk production in the world. About 1.7 lakh dairy cooperatives are serving almost 15.8 million milk producers, one-third of them being women, across the country by providing them market access and input services, thereby strengthening their livelihoods.
NDDB was established to serve milk producers through cooperative and to guide dairy farmers and its efforts have contributed in bringing nutritional security to the country, attaining self-sufficiency in milk and delivering milk and dairy products to the consumers at affordable prices. NDDB has adopted a scientific approach and systematic processes to create a favourable environment for the growth of the dairy sector. NDDB aims to improve productivity, profitability, sustainability, and thus improve the livelihoods of small milk producers.
The book encapsulates NDDB's remarkable 50-year journey and the value it has created for millions of dairy farmers in this country. The book highlights NDDB’s belief that cooperative principles are as relevant today as they were in the past and the institutions which follow these will form the structural framework for the growth of the dairy sector in the future. It also highlights the Dairy Board's efforts towards bringing about socio-economic change in rural India.
Singh said, “ It is our collective responsibility to create awareness about the merits of cooperative dairy business. We should strive to reach out to the smallest and farthest milk producer so that they become self-sufficient.”