INDIA - To increase dairy productivity in the country, women involvement needs to be increased, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh said.
Speaking at the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)’s golden jubilee celebrations in Anand, Gujarat, Mr Singh said there is a need to further enhance the involvement of women into dairy sector so that India can lead the world in the sector.
Mr Singh said that value of milk produced in India is now more than the value fetched by rice/paddy.
“We are the biggest producer of the milk in the world and even export skimmed milk powder,” Mr Singh adds.
Highlighting the government initiative to protect indigenous breed of cow, the minister said that indigenous breeds of cows are about 83 per cent of total number of cows, if their productivity goes up, even marginally, total milk production shall grow beyond our expectations.
Indigenous cows are tolerant to climate change as well and the government is working on $80 million Gokul Mission to promote the breed.
Underlining the importance of farmers in the economy, Mr Singh said, first time in the history, we have introduced soil health cards to check non judicious use of fertilizers and we are committed to provide these cards to all farmers within three years.