The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan
Singh said that the growth in dairy production is the result of dairy
cooperative societies’ hard work. Shri Singh said it at the launch of
Coffee Table Book titled “50 Years – The Great Indian Milk Revolution”
commemorating National Dairy Development Board’s (NDDB) Golden Jubilee
year. Shri Radha Mohan Singh also said that since 1998, the poor and
marginal milk producers have worked hard to make the country world's top
milk producer. The success was not achieved overnight; it’s the result
of milk producers’ constant efforts, support of committed professionals,
and the vision and expertise of NDDB.
Shri Singh also said that NDDB's sustained efforts through Operation
Flood and the present National Dairy plan helped the country’s dairy
sector in maintaining a steady growth. There has been a marked increase
in the contribution of livestock to agricultural GDP and livestock’s in
the dairy sector. In terms of value, milk is the largest agricultural
commodity in India.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh also said that India's milk production has
crossed 155 million tonnes mark. This has resulted in the rise of per
capita milk availability to about 337 gm/day. In the last two years,
milk production grew at 6.5 % annually as against 4.5 % per annum in the
previous 10 years, which is almost double as compared to the growth in
milk production in the world. About 1.7 lakh dairy cooperatives are
serving almost 15.8 million milk producers, one-third of them being
women, across the country by providing them market access and input
services, thereby strengthening their livelihoods.
Union Agriculture Minister said NDDB's efforts have contributed in
bringing nutritional security to the country, attaining self-sufficiency
in milk and delivering milk and dairy products to the consumers at
affordable prices. NDDB has adopted a scientific approach and systematic
processes to create a favourable environment for the growth of the dairy
sector. NDDB’s aim has been to improve productivity, profitability,
sustainability, and thus improve the livelihoods of small milk
This book encapsulates NDDB's remarkable 50-year journey and the value
it has created for millions of dairy farmers in this country. The book
highlights NDDB’s belief that cooperative principles are as relevant
today as they were in the past and the institutions which follow these
will form the structural framework for the growth of the dairy sector in
the future. It also highlights the Dairy Board's efforts towards
bringing about socio-economic change in rural India.
Shri Singh said that it is our collective responsibility to create
awareness about the merits of cooperative dairy business. We should
strive to reach out to the smallest and farthest milk producer so that
they become self-sufficient.
NDDB was established to serve milk producers through cooperative and to
guide dairy farmers.