Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh said that the productivity of milch animals is increasing through artificial insemination using high-quality semen taken from high genetic bulls and by providing balanced food to the animals. To promote balanced diet for the effective use of input, National Dairy Plan (NDP) initiatives are helping farmers to increase production by lowering dietary costs.
The Minister said that NDP aims at increasing the productivity of milch animals which will lead to increase in milk production for meeting growing milk demand. He was speaking at National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Anand in Gujarat today.
Singh said that the country has been the world’s largest producer of milk for the last two decades and its credit goes to the farmers of the country. Since more than two-thirds of our nation’s citizens live in rural areas, therefore, there is a need to make the farmers more prosperous, for which dairy sector is important.
Union Agriculture Minister said that NDDB has implemented several major dairy development programmes including ‘Operation Flood’ from its inception in the country. India is at number one in milk production and contributes 19 percent of the world’s total milk production. The Minister claimed that dairy farmers’ income has increased by 13.79 percent in the year 2014-17 compared to the year-ago period. Milk production, which was 155.49 million tonnes during 2015-16, is planned to increase it to 200 million tonnes in 2019-20.
Presently, NDDB is in the leading role for the implementation of the National Dairy Plan and the recently announced Dairy Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF). The Central Government has established dairy infrastructure development fund (DIDF) at the cost of Rs.10,881 crore for the period from 2017-18 to 2028-29.
The purpose of the DIDF is to establish an effective mechanism for creating a basic structure for milk cooling at village level and installing electronic equipment for milk adulteration, manufacturing/ modernisation/ processing facilities and for procuring milk. Educational institutes would be set up for value-added products for milk unions and milk producers companies.
The purpose of NDP-1 is to help increase the productivity of milch animals and thereby increase the milk production to meet the growing demand of milk and to provide more assistance to rural milk producers for more market access, including organised milk processing sector. During the year 2015-16, NDP-1 has been expanded into four states – Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Telangana, and Uttarakhand – and its implementation period has been extended to 2018-19.