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Punjab has the highest per capita availability of milk during 2015-16

NEW DELHI: The country produced 155.5 million tonnes of milk  during 2015-16 and the per-capita availability of milk is 337 grams per day. Punjab has highest, 1032 grams per day and Daman Diu has the lowest, 10 grams per day.

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF) has been  implementing the following Dairy Development Schemes to increase milk production.

(i)        National Dairy Plan (Phase-I): The Government of India had approved National Dairy Plan Phase- I (NDP-I) with an outlay of Rs. 2,242 Crore for  implementation during 2011-12 to 2018-19 as a Central Sector Scheme in 18 major milk producing states.

(ii)      National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD) under the Central Sector Scheme “National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development”.

(iii)       Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme: “Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS)” is implemented through National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) across the country.

In Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme  back ended capital subsidy  is provided under bankable projects through eligible financial institutions, for establishment of small dairy unit from 2 to 10 crossbred cows or indigenous cows/ buffaloes.  Subsidy is 25% of the project cost for General Category and 33.33% for SC & ST beneficiaries.

The mechanism for ensuring availability of quality milk in the country is governed under Food Safety & Standards (FSS) Act, 2006 which is implemented by the Food  Safety & Standards Authority of  India  through  the  State/Union Territories’  Food  Safety  Commissioners.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture,  Sudarshan Bhagat in the  Lok Sabha on Tuesday 19 July , 2016.