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July 28, 2018
It’s a known fact that India is the largest milk producer in the world. It’s milk production capacity is estimated to have increased by 6.6 per cent to 176.35 million tonnes during the last financial year.
“Milk production in the country is 165.4 million tonnes during 2016-17 and 176.35 million tonnes (provisional) during 2017-18,” said Minister of State for Agriculture Krishna Raj. She also informed that the prediction of milk production by 2021-22 will be 254.5 million tonnes as per the future prospect of 2022 document.
The Rashtriya Gokul Mission, National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD), National Dairy Plan Phase I, Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme, Dairy Processing Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) and Supporting State Co-operative Dairy Federation are some of the major schemes which the department has been implementing from time to time to supplement the efforts of the state governments to create necessary infrastructure for the present growth.
To ensure quality supply and nutritious milk to consumers, she said, “the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked state food authorities to keep a strict vigil by regularly drawing food samples and take strict action against offenders. The FSSAI has distributed electronic milk adulteration testing machines to states and Indian Railways for detection of fat, SNF, protein, lactose, density and added water as well as adulterants like urea, detergent, ammonium sulphate, caustic soda, hydrogen peroxide, soda and salt in the raw milk”.
“Besides this, over 30,000 large test kits have been funded under National Dairy Plan phase I implemented by the government of India through NDDB. Similarly, DIDF scheme envisages funding 28,000 electronic milk adulteration testing equipment to help address adulteration,” Raj said.