Milk production to touch 330MMT by 2034, says Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah | Ahmedabad News

GANDHINAGAR: India will be contributing 33% of the world’s total milk production by 2033-34, Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah said on Saturday.
Shah was speaking at the final day of the 49th Dairy Industry Conference organized by the Indian Dairy Association (IDA) on the theme ‘India dairy to the world: Opportunities & Challenges.’
Shah said that India must not be contended with the status of being the world’s largest milk producer but must also aim to become the biggest dairy exporter.
He said India’s dairy sector has grown by 6.6 % annually in the past decade. “We will take the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) along with us and the animal husbandry department will jointly work to set up gramin dairies in the two lakh panchayats of the country. As a result, the growth rate will jump from 6.6 % to 13.80 % and we will see a peak in the dairy sector,” he said.
He stressed that after the new village-level dairy societies are set up, India’s share in global milk production will touch 33%. “Our dairy exports will be at least five times the current level,” he said, adding that by 2033-34, India’s milk production will reach 330 million metric tonnes per annum.
Shah said India’s milk processing capacity is about 126 million litres per day, which is the highest in the world. “About 22 % of the milk production goes to processing. Whatever milk is processed and exported will further help increase the farmers’ income,” he said, stressing that he sees immense potential in exports of dairy products such as milk powder, butter and ghee.
Shah appreciated the contribution of cooperative dairies in empowering women and the rural economy. “From 1970 to 2022, India’s population has increased four-fold and our milk production has increased ten times. This has happened to Operation Flood, White Revolution, and contribution by our dairy sector,” he said.
“The contribution of the dairy sector is more than Rs 10 lakh crore. In fact, nine crore families (45 crore people) are directly connected with dairying,” he said.
IDA president R S Sodhi requested the union minister to consider giving due importance to the dairy sector in budget allocations. “Dairy sector contributes about 30 % to the agriculture economy. Whereas budgetary allocations for dairy are only two %,” he said.

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