Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that India’s dairy sector is characterized more by “mass production” than “mass production” and employs more than 8 crore Indian families. “Unlike other developed countries of the world, the driving force of the dairy sector in India are the smallholder farmers. The Indian dairy sector is characterized by mass production more than mass production,” Prime Minister Modi said. .
Prime Minister Modi made the remarks during the inauguration of the International Dairy Federation World Milk Summit 2022 held in Greater Noida near the nation’s capital. In his address to the global dairy community, he highlighted the three main strengths of India’s dairy sector: smallholder dairy farmers, the network of dairy cooperatives and indigenous breeds of livestock.
Prime Minister Modi said such a vast network of dairy cooperatives can hardly be found anywhere else in the world. “These dairy cooperatives collect milk from more than 2,000,000 villages covering almost 2 million dairy farmers twice a day. They collect the milk and then bring it to the end consumers.”
“This whole process is free of any middlemen. More than 70% of the money received from customers goes directly to the farmers.” While talking about the strength and uniqueness of India’s dairy sector, he said India’s model of mass production can be a business model for other poor countries.
Furthermore, he also highlighted the wide participation of women in the country’s dairy sector. “Women power constitutes 70% of the Indian dairy workforce and they are the real leaders of the Indian dairy sector. Moreover, more than a third of the members of dairy cooperatives in India are women,” Prime Minister Modi added.
Prime Minister Modi also explained how the digital revolution in India has also reached the dairy sector and said that the digital payment system can help farmers around the world. “Resilient and adaptable native species are India’s unique feature in the dairy sector,” he added. The evolution of the dairy sector in India and the stellar role played by dairy cooperatives since the launch of Operation Flood is an integral part of the country’s growth story as the country is now the largest producer of milk.
India contributes 21% to world milk production. It is important to note that during the 1950s and 1960s, the situation of the Indian dairy sector was radically different as it was a milk-deficit nation and was more dependent on imports.
The country was producing less than 21 million tonnes of milk a year despite having the largest cattle population in the world and the sector was struggling to survive, the Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Industry said in an explanatory statement on Wednesday. . Over the past two decades, India’s milk production has doubled. Credit also goes to a well-known federation called “Amul”, which was established by 3.6 million milk farmers in Gujarat. To improve farmers’ livelihoods, Amul has also charted its course on a path similar to “Operation Flood”, the explainer said.
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