The applaudable move by the Modi government, for a separate ministry for Animal Husbandry, Dairies and Fisheries is being hailed and lauded by the dairy institutions and bodies all over India. Especially by Amul’s marketer, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF).
Ramsinhbhai Parmar, Chairman, GCMMF said that the decision was the “most appropriate one” considering the significant contribution the dairying and fisheries have in the overall GDP of the country.
“Dairying and Animal Husbandry contributes around Rs 7.7 lakh crores per year to the GDP which is around 4.2 per cent of National GDP. It has emerged as a primary source of income for about 7 crores rural households – most of them are either landless, small or marginal farmers. Animal Husbandry and dairying is contributing around 30 per cent of total agriculture GDP. It is therefore most appropriate that a separate ministry is created which would ensure proper focus and right budget and resource allocation that the sector required,” said Parmar.
Milk, he said, is the “largest agriculture crop of India” and the total value produced is around Rs 7 lakh crores which is more than the total value of all pulses and grain put together.
He said that India is the leading milk producer in the world for the last 21 years with current milk production at around 176 million tonnes per year (about 48 crore liters per day) which is around 20 per cent of the world milk production.
Parmar also added that “Currently, Animal Husbandry and dairying contributes around 12 per cent of total farmers’ income but as per NSSO survey, farmers income growth rate from the sector is around 14.3 per cent which implies that sector can contribute reatly in doubling farmers’ income, a vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
Another decision allocate separate budget to control Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis has also received praises from GCMMF.
R S Sodhi, Managing Director, GCMMF said that milk production units are losing around 80-90 per cent of the milk when infected with FMD and around 25-30 per cent when infected with brucellosis.
“By vaccinating all bovine animals against FMD and Brucellosis, we can reduce the milk production loss which is directly beneficial to milk producer members,” he added.