Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh recently said that India is emerging as a leader among the milk-producing nations and added that in 2016-17, 163.7 million tonne milk was produced in the country, which is worth over Rs.4 lakh crore.
Singh said dairy farming has been a traditional source of livelihood and it has a deep connection with the agricultural economy. At present, there are 19 crore cattle in the country, which amounts to 14% of the total cattle population of the world. Out of them,15.1 crores are indigenous cattle, which is 80 % of the total cattle population. The country’s dairy cooperatives provide an average of 75 to 80 percent of its sales to the farmers.
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