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Indian Dairy Industry



  Mar 02, 2024

Indian Dairy Industry



India’s dairy sector is a significant agricultural segment, boasting the highest milk production worldwide, with an impressive annual output of 230 million tonnes. This figure represents a substantial portion of the global dairy market, where India contributes around 15% of the world’s total milk production, serving the needs of a population where approximately 60% reside in rural areas.

The growth in milk production over the years has been remarkable, showing a 14-fold increase over the past 75 years. This surge has been a major economic driver, particularly empowering about 80 million farming households. It has also been pivotal in elevating the status of women in rural economies, as they play a key role in dairy farming activities.

On the consumption side, the per capita milk availability in India stands at an impressive 430 grams daily, which is above the global average. This availability has been achieved through the adoption of enhanced dairy management practices and technological advancements, which have increased the average yield per animal.

The Indian dairy sector’s advancements reflect a concerted effort to improve productivity through better breed quality and feed management, leading to a robust and nutritionally secure milk supply chain. This focus on quantity without compromising quality has been instrumental in fortifying the nation’s food security and nutritional profile.
 


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