PM Modi inaugurates World Dairy Summit 2022

12 September, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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The IDF World Dairy Summit (IDF WDS) 2022 was officially opened on Monday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida. PM Modi also went to the India Expo Cen...

The IDF World Dairy Summit (IDF WDS) 2022 was officially opened on Monday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida.

PM Modi also went to the India Expo Center and Mart to check out an exhibition. Speaking at the World Diary Summit 2022, Union Minister Purshottam Rupala said that it has been organised in India for the first time in 48 years.

“World Diary Summit 2022 has been organized after over 48 years in India. Our milk production is 220 million tonnes today. We are in the position to export surplus milk, in line with the ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat,” he said.

The four-day IDF WDS 2022, which is being held from September 12 to 15, according to the Prime Minister’s Office, is a gathering of international and Indian dairy stakeholders, including industry leaders, experts, farmers, and policy planners, who are focused on the theme “Dairy for Nutrition and Livelihood.”

IDF WDS 2022 is anticipated to draw over 1,500 participants from 50 nations. The most recent such summit took place in India in 1974, which was around 50 years ago.

“The Indian dairy industry is unique in the sense that it is based on a cooperative model that empowers small and marginal dairy farmers, especially women. Driven by the vision of the Prime Minister, the government has taken multiple steps for the betterment of the dairy sector resulting in an increase of milk production by more than 44 per cent in the last eight years,” said the PMO.

“The success story of the Indian dairy industry, accounting for about 23 per cent of global milk, producing around 210 million tonnes annually, and empowering more than 8 crore dairy farmers, will be showcased at the IDF WDS 2022,” it said.

Additionally, the conference would assist Indian dairy producers in learning about international best practises.

Parshottam Rupala, the Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairy, as well as Chief Minister M. Yogi Adityanath, were in attendance.

Given that India is currently the world’s largest producer of milk, the development of the dairy industry there and the outstanding role dairy cooperatives have played since the beginning of Operation Flood form an essential element of the country’s developmental narrative.

India makes about 21% of the world’s milk output.

It is crucial to remember that India’s dairy industry was in a very different scenario in the 1950s and 1960s when the country had a severe milk shortage and relied heavily on imports.

Despite having the biggest number of cattle in the world, the country produced less than 21 million tonnes of milk annually, and the industry was fighting to survive.

According to a Wednesday statement from the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy, the annual compound growth rate in milk production during the first decade following independence was 1.64 percent, falling to 1.15 percent throughout the 1960s.

Only 124 grammes of milk were consumed daily per person in the country in 1950–1951. This amount fell to 107 grammes per day by 1970, one of the lowest in the whole globe and much below the minimally advised dietary guidelines.

Despite having the biggest number of cattle in the world, the country produced less than 21 million tonnes of milk annually, and the industry was fighting to survive.

According to a Wednesday statement from the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy, the annual compound growth rate in milk production during the first decade following independence was 1.64 percent, falling to 1.15 percent throughout the 1960s.

Only 124 grammes of milk were consumed daily per person in the country in 1950–1951. This amount fell to 107 grammes per day by 1970, one of the lowest in the whole globe and much below the minimally advised dietary guidelines.

 The sector is an important job provider, especially for women, and plays a leading role in women’s empowerment. 

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