For about 15 years, India continues to be the largest producer of milk in the world and likely to retain its prime position with annual growth rate of 5.53% for last three years as against global milk production, which is growing at 2.09%. And to maintain thisIndian government is working on creating additional milk processing infrastructure to double the dairy farmers’ income by 2022 and meet the future challenges.
There are dairy development projects launched by the govt to enhance the sectors such as National Dairy Plan Phase I (NDP I), National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD) and Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS).
Indian milk has increased to 163.7 million tonnes in 2016-17 from around 17-22 million tonnes in the 1960s, said the Agriculture ministry in a press statement. It increased by 19% during 2016-17 in comparison to 2013-14. It increased the per capita availability of milk by 14.3% to 351 gram in 2016-17 from 307 gram in 2013-14.
It is necessary to gradually shift towards a technology-driven environment. To achieve the same, Department of Animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries is working on a National Action Plan Vision 2022 where suitable provisions are being made to build additional milk processing infrastructure for processing additional volume of milk expected on account of higher production and meeting the increased demand for value-added products.