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The Indian ministry of agriculture and food processing industries has claimed that the National Dairy Plan, with an investment of US$374mn, will help in meeting the rising demand of milk and milk products in the country
According to current statistics, it is estimated that the country will need 150mn tonnes milk by 2016-17.
The minster of agriculture Sharad Pawar said that
For raising this by 22mn tonnes within this plan, the country will focus on a strategy to enhance productivity, strengthen and expand village-level infrastructure for milk procurement access to market.
Further explaining the strategy, the minister said, “The strategy involves increasing the genetic potential of bovines, producing the required number of quality bulls, producing superior quality frozen semen, promoting scientific management practices and adopting adequate bio-security measures for effective control of diseases.
The minister also emphasised on the need to bring more dairy farmers into the organised sector. He said, “The credit of rapid expansion of