March 21, 2012
India's milk production likely to rise by 4%
For this current fiscal year, India's milk production is expected to increase by more than 4% to 127.29 million tonnes.
"Anticipated milk production in the country during 2011-12 is 127.29 million tonnes," Minister of State for Agriculture Charandas Mahant had told Parliament last week.
Milk output was 121.84 million tonnes in 2010-11. India is the largest producer and consumer of milk in the country. On monthly per capita milk consumption of milk by State/UT, Mahant said Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat are witnessing an increase.
Meanwhile, with an aim to boost milk production, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced launching of an INR2,242 crore (US$443 million) project with World Bank assistance to improve productivity in the dairy sector.
Though there is an increase in milk production in the country, but considering the pace of population growth and surge in demand for the protein rich drink, the country needs to multiply its output. It is estimated that the country would require 180 million tonnes of milk by 2020.
Currently, the country has to rely on imports, particularly in summers to meet its domestic milk requirement.
Export of milk and milk products and casein products has been banned since February 18, 2011, to shore up its domestic availability.