New Delhi, February 07, 2019: Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh has said that government is committed to double farmers’ income by 2022 by providing greater access to rural milk producers and by strengthening dairy infrastructure.
Speaking on “Milk Processing Infrastructure in Dairy Cooperative Sector” at the Inter-Session Meeting of Consultative Committee of the Ministry in New Delhi today, Mr Singh said, Government is making efforts to strengthen infrastructure for production of quality milk, procurement, processing and marketing of milk and milk products through various Dairy Development Schemes namely National Programme for Dairy Development, National Dairy Plan Phase-I and Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme.
He said, Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund has been set up with a corpus of over 8 thousand crore rupees for setting up of chilling infrastructure & installation of electronic milk adulteration testing equipment at village level and creation, modernisation, expansion of processing infrastructure and manufacturing facilities for Value-Added Products.
The Minister said, on 22nd of last month, 22 sub-projects have been approved with a total estimated project cost of 3 thousand one hundred 47 crore rupees in five States namely Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra according to newsonair.com.
He informed that new schemes with soft loans from the World Bank and Japan International Corporation Agency are being finalized for extending the benefits to the wider number of farmers. He informed that government is also formulating plans for the creation of dairy infrastructure besides implementing the ongoing schemes for dairy development.
The National Action Plan for Dairy Development envisages increasing milk production to 254.5 Million MT by 2021-22 requiring an annual growth rate of 8.56 per cent which would lead to increase in per capita availability of milk to 515 grams per day by 2021-22 addressing the nutritional requirement of the growing population.
He added that to do this, it has been targeted to increase the organised milk handling from present 21 per cent to 41 per cent by March 2022 while increasing cooperative share from present 10 per cent to 20 per cent.
Mr Singh disclosed that as a result of prudent policy intervention, India ranks first among the world’s milk producing nations, achieving an annual production of 176.35 million tonnes during 2017-18 with an annual growth rate of 6.62 per cent.
The per capita availability of milk has reached a level of 375 grams per day during 2017-18, which is more than the world average of around 294.2 grams per day. Growth in milk production is 23.8 per cent during 2014-18 as compared to 2010-14.