World Milk Day: India’s dairy sector is giving a new impetus to the rural economy-LG Manoj Sinha

The Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Shri Manoj Sinha expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the Union Cabinet Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India, Parshottam Rupala for the selection of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in the celebration of the World Milk Day. The 3rd Tourism Working Group Meeting ended on May 25th, LG said. Successful organisation of G20 meeting in Jammu & Kashmir is a matter of happiness for this country. In 2001, the United Nations started the tradition of celebrating World Milk Day. I was in the country’s parliament at that time. The former PM, Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji appealed to all dairy farmers, labourers and dairy managers for taking India to a new height in global competition with the spirit of unity. Dairy is not only an important element of food or nutrition but the livelihood of more than a billion people around the world. Rather, the dairy sector has established its importance as a source of livelihood for more than one billion people worldwide, LG said. When I look back to 2001 at the journey of the dairy sector, in these past 22 years, a big change is clearly visible. Today, in India, the dairy sector is not only giving a new impetus to the rural economy, it has become a very important source of livelihood for millions of people across the country, said the Lieutenant Governor. There are many farmer brothers in whose life dairy has not only provided more additional income rather, it has also helped in connecting the entire family with employment. I believe this two-day seminar related to the dairy sector will be enriching our knowledge through collaboration, best practices and will serve as an important platform for industrial exchange. A saying is very famous in the plains, LG said… तीन पईत खेती, दू पईत गाय It means serving the farm three times a day and the cow should be served at least twice. The farm and the cow serve humans and their families twice as much as humans serve them, LG remarked. There are many countries in the world where the dairy sector is not only providing better employment opportunities, but it has made a very significant contribution to the milk processing industry as compared to other traditional industries. , LG said that in 2014 it was not only the political vocabulary of India that changed rather there was a big change in the work culture of the country. When the honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi took the reins, new schemes were made on a wide scale to give new dynamism to different sectors. While handing over the responsibility of their implementation help was taken from domain experts. The role of the dairy sector is also very important in this campaign. I am very happy that under his guidance and under the leadership of Rupala ji our country has registered an increase of about 51 percent in milk production. And every citizen of this country is proud that today India is not only the world’s largest milk producer, but India has almost twenty-four percent share in global milk production. Now I will mention Jammu & Kashmir, LG said. Seventy percent of our population is making their living from agriculture and related activities. There are roughly over 13 lakh households whose livelihood depends on agriculture and allied activities. Fifty percent of our workforce is working in agriculture and allied sectors, our livestock sector, especially the dairy sector. Agriculture is working as the main engine of GDP so it’s not an exaggeration, LG said. An important fact emerges when we look at the whole agricultural economy that these sectors also help in providing impetus to the industrial and service sectors that play a very important role. Apart from uplifting the rural community our agricultural system is working to strengthen such an ecosystem which is playing an important role in our priorities of overall development, LG said. The J&K administration has started the introduction of beneficiary schemes for the development of the livestock sector such as the Integrated Dairy Development Scheme, Integrated Seed & Fodder Development Scheme and Integrated Sheep Development. In 2020, after a gap of three decades, 420 high pedigree Marino sheep from Australia have been imported. The objective of this move in J&K is to increase mutton production, to improve the quality of wool and to address issues like Inbreeding. Even today almost every year J&K is doing worth Rs 1125 crore import of 10-15 lakh sheep and goats. In 2022 an MoU was done with New Zealand. In the last three years, the farmers of J&K have joined the top five states of the country, Lieutenant Governor Shri Manoj Sinha said.

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