Milk production will have to be doubled by 2021-22: NDDB

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Anand, Feb 22 (UNI) Milk production in the country will have to grow from 100 MT to about 180 MT by 2021-22, if the rapidly growing domestic demand projected for 2021-22 has to be met from domestics resources alone.

Delivering the keynote address at the 36th Dairy Industry Conference on '' Indian Dairying-Another Revolution'' here today, Dr Amrita Patel, Chairman, NDDB, said 30 per cent of marketable surplus of milk and milk products in the country is handled by the organised dairy industry.

To meet the rapidly growing demand of quality milk and milk products, the organised sector's share should increase to 66 per cent by 2021. ''It is this shift that will constitute another revolution that is required to improve the quality of milk and milk products'', she said.

Ms Patel said milk production, which has been growing annually on an average at 2.5 MT for the last 15 years, will have to double i.e increase by 5 MT annually. ''At the same time, we will have to ensure a net increase in the incomes of our milk producers while continuing to remain competitive, ''she said.

She emphasised that cooperatives need to expand their business and cover many more villages at the faster pace.

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