The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh stated on Sunday that the milk production recorded during the 2014-2018 showed an annual growth of 6 per cent against 4.29 per cent during 2010-14.
The milk production has increased by 28.06 per cent from 137.7 million tonne in 2013-14 to 176.35 million tonne in 2017-18.
The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare said that all this happened because of the innumerable prospects for Indian dairy entrepreneurs are emerging in the global market. He also mentioned that livestock farmers and the various schemes of the government for India are helping India to become the world’s largest milk producer.
The embryo transfer technology has proved to be “extremely effective for increasing production and improve breed.” He also that 20 Embryo Transfer Technology (ETT) centres are being established in the country and proposals for 19 centres have been approved so far. These centres are producing 3,000 high, genetically meritorious bulls of indigenous bovine breeds.
The agriculture and dairy business complement each other for the social and economic upliftment of cattle farmers.
The minister said while speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Animal Health Fair organised at Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Piparkothi in Bihar, “To achieve this objective, it is essential to have good quality livestock breed in order to increase production. Under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission (RGM), 10 semen centres have been identified for the production of Sex Sorted Semen for the production of more female animals.”
The proposals for two centres, in Uttarakhand and Maharashtra, have been approved and the foundation stone of a Sex Sorted Semen centre in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand was laid in June 2018.