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Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
26-November-2016 14:49 IST
National Milk Day is celebrated in India on the birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien, the Father of White Revolution.

                                                Per capita availability of milk increased from 307 gram per day in 2013-14 to 340 grams per day in 2015-16.

To connect breeders and farmers, e-pashuhaat portal (www.epashuhaat.gov.in) has been developed for the first time in the world: Shri Singh

Portal for sale and purchase of germplasm in all forms is not available even in the developed dairy nations: Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister

The Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that the milk production has recorded a growth rate of 6.28% during last two years 2014-15 and 2015-16, which is much higher than the growth rate of around 4% in the previous years. Shri Radha Mohan Singh further stated that per capita availability of milk increased from 307 gram per day in 2013-14 to 340 grams per day in 2015-16, a growth of 5% which was below 3% before 2014-15. This was stated by Agriculture Minister during the National Milk Day Celebration in New Delhi today. National Milk Day is celebrated in India on the birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien, the Father of White Revolution. The Minister of State for Agriculture & farmers Welfare, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Scientist and officers of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, ICAR and representative of Milk Federations from across the country were present on the occasion. During the event e-pashuhaat portal (www.epashuhaat.gov.in) was also launched.

 

Agriculture Minister informed that for the first time in the world under the scheme National Mission on Bovine Productivity ‘e-pashuhaat’ portal has been developed for connecting breeders and farmers regarding availability of bovine germplasm.  Through the portal breeders /farmers can sell and purchase breeding stock, information on all forms of germplasm including semen, embryos and live animals with all the agencies and stake holders in the country has been uploaded on the portal.  Through this portal, farmers will be aware about the availability of quality disease free bovine germplasm with different agencies in the country.  The portal will lead to propagation of high genetic merit germplasm. 

 

Shri Singh mentioned that Dr. Kurien’s contribution in organizing the dairy farmers in the form of cooperatives is well known. The Union Minister stated that India is world leader in milk production since last 15 year and credit of making India as world leader in milk production goes to small producers. Shri Singh further said that lot of work is to be done in the sector in order to make available sufficient nutrition and milk to every child in the country. Agriculture Minister informed that India with 190.90 million cattle (as per 19th Livestock Census 2012) has 13 % of the world cattle population. Out of this, 151 million are indigenous, which is 80% of the total cattle population.  Country with 108.7 million buffaloes has 57% of the world buffalo population. Country is number one in bovine population having 18% of the world population and contributing 20% of the total milk produced in the world.

 

Shri Radha Mohan Singh mentioned that to increase productivity of indigenous cattle population the allocation for development and conservation of indigenous breeds has been increased by many fold from Rs 45 crores in 2013 to Rs 582 crores.  “Rashtriya Goukul Mission”, a new initiative under National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development has been launched for the first time in the country, with a view to conserve and develop indigenous bovine breeds. The mission also envisages establishment of integrated cattle development centres ‘Gokul Grams to develop indigenous breeds including upto 40% nondescript breeds.  Till date projects from 27 States have been approved with an allocation of Rs 582.09 crore and out of this an amount of Rs   216.54 crores has been released to the States for implementation. Establishment of 14 Gokul grams have been sanctioned under the scheme with an outlay of Rs 129 crores. Two “National Kamdhenu Breeding Centres” are being as a Centre of Excellence to develop and conserve Indigenous Breeds in a holistic and scientific manner. The National Kamdhenu Breeding Centre, besides being a repository of indigenous germplasm, will also be a source of Certified Genetics in the Country. An amount of Rs 25 crore each has been released.

 

Shri Singh mentioned that indigenous breeds besides being heat tolerant and resistant to diseases our indigenous breeds of cows are known to produce A2 type milk which protects us from various chronic health problems such as Cardio Vascular Diseases, Diabetes and neurological disorders besides providing several other health benefits.  There is a need to market A2A2 milk separately in the country. Amount of Rs 2 crore each has been sanctioned to Odisha and Karnataka for marketing of A2A2 Milk of our indigenous breeds. Agriculture Minister mentioned that the milk federations of the country to market A2A2 milk separately for benefits of consumers and poor farmers rearing indigenous cattle.

 

Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that to meet ever growing demand of milk and to make milk production more remunerative to the farmers Government has initiated new scheme National Mission on Bovine Productivity with an allocation of Rs 825.00 crores.

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