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Indian Milk Production Touches 132.43 MT in 2012-13

10 July 2014

INDIA - India has recorded a peak production of milk at 132.43 million tonnes in the year 2012-13 according to the Economic Survey for 2013-14, released in New Delhi today.

The survey also noted that India ranks first in global milk production and accounts for 17 per cent of world production.

Milk production has become an important secondary source of income for 70 million rural households engaged in dairying and for 70 per cent of the workforce that comprises women, the survey adds.

The average year-on-year growth rate of milk was recorded at 4.04 per cent, as against the world average of 2.2 per cent shows sustained growth in availability of milk and milk products for the growing population.

The survey also noted that an comprehensive new scheme National Programme on Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development was launched with the objective of enhancing milk production and productivity in a sustainable manner.

The National Dairy Plan Phase-I, launched in March 2012 with the objectives of improving productivity of milk animals, strengthening and expanding village-level infrastructure for milk procurement, and providing producers greater access to the market in the dairy sector continues.

The number of milch animals increased from 62 million in 2000 to 83.15 million in 2012, thus adding to the improved milch herd of the country.

India ranks second in world fish production, contributing about 5.4 per cent of global fish production. It is also a major producer of fish through aquaculture.

Total fish production during 2013-14 is estimated at 9.45 million tonnes with 6.10 million tonnes coming from the inland sector and 3.35 million tonnes from the marine sector. The sector contributes about 1 per cent to overall GDP and represents 4.6 per cent of agricultural GDP.

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