Indian Dairy Industry
Dairy activities have traditionally been integral to India’s rural economy and it’s no wonder the country ranks as the world’s largest producer and consumer of dairy products. The demand for milk is tremendous, and is growing not only in cities but also in small towns and rural areas. Over the past two decades, dairy farming has progressed in the direction of becoming an organized industry that encompasses not only increased production of milk and milk products, but also the breeding of higher yielding cattle, scientific rearing of animals and feed production. Dairy farming in India is now evolving from just an agrarian way of life to a professionally managed industry.
Transformation of this sector is being induced by such positive factors like newfound interest on the part of the organized sector, new markets, easy credit facilities, dairy friendly policies by the government, etc. The government and other stakeholders are increasingly coming forward to help the growth of the sector. Ministry of Agriculture and Framers’ Welfare as well as Ministry of Food Processing Industries have initiated several steps to encourage organised growth of dairy farming and production of dairy product