The dairy sector in India is expected to generate 1.2 crore new jobs in a few years, as told by the industry leader. India’s dairy sector accounts for one-third of the country’s $300-bn food industry.
RS Sodhi, managing director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), has organised segment in the dairy is producing 9 crore litre, and in a few years, it would produce 30 crore litre. This will lead to generating 1.2 crore new jobs. He also claimed that the production of l lakh litre milk generates around 6,000 jobs: which will include 5,000 in rural areas and 1,000 in urban areas.
Sodhi mentioned while speaking during a session on ‘Industry as Nation Builders for a New India’, organised by the CII Western Region Council that the size of the food industry in India is $300 billion, of which dairy sector worth around $100 million.
He also added, “Youngsters don’t find dairy sector glamorous despite the fact that it would give a handsome return on investments. Dairy is the only sector in which producers are guaranteed with a ready market with assured price. The only thing required to propel the sector is to make it contemporary with the adoption of modern technology.”
He also said that in Gujarat alone, nearly 15,000 highly educated youth, some of them having studied in reputed institutions like IIM and IIT, have come into the dairy industry by adopting state-of-the-art technologies. Food and agro-processing for rural areas are as important as information and technology are for urban areas, said Rakesh Bharti Mittal, CII President and vice-chairman of Bharti Enterprises.
CII Western Region Council president and CMD of Rasna Piruz Khambatta said, “The GDP growth of the country can be double-digit only if income disparity is reduced. 1 percent of affluent people holding 60 percent wealth of the nation wouldn’t solve the issue. Emphasising on making youth future-ready, he suggested the introduction of vocational skills right from the primary level of education across the country.”