World Dairy Summit – 2022, India looks forward to learning about increasing milk productivity.
India will try to increase its milk production per animal by learning from more developed countries at the four-day International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit (IDF WDS 2022), which will start on September 12 to 15 in New Delhi.
India is the largest milk producer in the world, making about 210 million tonnes of milk per year. However, India is not as productive in dairy as many other advanced countries. This, say leaders in the dairy industry, will be the most important thing for the country to learn from the three-day Summit, whose theme is ‘livelihood and nutrition.’
Meenesh Shah, the head of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), told the media on Wednesday, ‘We are always working to improve the productivity of animals. India is the country that makes the most milk. This is because we have the most animals. But when it comes to the amount of work each animal does, we are behind a number of other countries. We need to work together to improve the productivity of the cattle.’
But, he said, India’s dairy industry has made a lot of progress in the last few years in terms of increasing productivity. ‘This needs to keep going,’ he said.
Shah announced the IDF WDS 2022 at Anand. He said that from September 12–15, 2022, India will show off its dairy farmers, who have an average of 3–4 cows per person and are the basis of India’s dairy economy. This is in contrast to the developed world, where each farm has between 200 and 400 animals.
Managing Director RS Sodhi of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which sells the Amul brand of milk products, said that the summit, which will be attended by about 400 dairy farmers, will show how about 1.2 crore members of dairy cooperatives across the country work together every day to produce, process, and sell their milk.
The main sponsors of the summit are Amul and Nandini, which is a dairy brand owned by Karnataka Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation Ltd. The summit is run by NDDB arm Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetables Pvt Ltd.
BC Sateesh, the Managing Director of KMF, said that the Summit would be a place to encourage the next generation to get involved in successful dairying. ‘At KMF, we have 26 million dairy farmers who make about a billion litres of milk every day and get 80 paise for every rupee they make. About 90% of our farmers are small ones who barely make a living. This will be a great way to get the next generation interested in dairy farming.’
Based on information from the NDDB, India gets about 12 crore litres of milk from organised players every day. About 6 billion litres of this comes from cooperatives, while the rest comes from private players.
About 2.6 billion litres of cooperative space belong to GCMMF. After 48 years, the IDF’s WDS is being held in India. About 1,500 delegates from more than 40 countries are scheduled to participate.