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Challenges Faced by the Dairy Industry

As per Goods and Services Tax Act 2017, the current rate of GST applicable on dairy products ranges from 5% to 18%. The Department has received representations from stakeholders like Indian Dairy Association and Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Limited, to reduce GST on some dairy products like ghee, butteroil and flavoured milk and to reduce import duty on some dairy machinery.

Indian cattle and buffaloes have among the lowest productivity in the world. Similarly there is a shortage of organized dairy farms and there is a need of high degree of investment to take dairy industry to global standards.

To improve low productivity of indigenous bovine breeds, Department has been implementing Rashtriya Gokul Mission with aim of development and conservation of indigenous bovine breeds and enhancing production and productivity thereby making milk production more remunerative to the farmers.

In order to promote organized dairy farming and investment, Department of Animal Husbandry And Dairying, Government of India has been supplementing the efforts of State Governments by implementing following dairy development schemes for creation/ strengthening of infrastructure for production of quality milk, procurement, processing and marketing of milk and milk products across the country:

i. National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD)

ii. Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS)

iii. National Dairy Plan-I (NDP-I)

iv. Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF)

v. Supporting Dairy Cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organizations engaged in dairy activities (SDCFPO)

No proposal has been put forward by the Department to use CSR for dairy farming.

This information was given in a written reply by the Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Sanjeev Balyan in Lok Sabha yesterday.