November 23, 2016
A Major portion of India’s economy is based on agriculture and animal husbandry wherein production of milk plays a vital role. India is ranked first in milk production in the world followed by United States, China, and Germany. In the year 2013-14, India produced around 140 million tonnes of milk according to a report generated by NDDB.
Almost 17% of total milk production in the country is contributed by Uttar Pradesh. In the past five years, milk production capacity in Uttar Pradesh has increased manifold, taking India to great heights in terms of milk production. We can give the credit for the efforts made by Akhilesh Yadav, current Chief Minister of UP. His Kamdhenu Yojna has risen the state to the position of the highest milk producing state in India.
Let’s dig deeper into how Uttar Pradesh has become a milk valley.
Establishment of Amul Milk Plants in the State
In order to realise the full potential of dairy industry in the state, Akhilesh Yadav government decided to establish Amul Milk plants in the state at several places.
Under this initiative, the state government has set up four milk production units with a capacity of 5 lakh litres of milk per day. These units have been established at Chak Gajaria on Sultanpur road in Lucknow, Jaunpur industrial area of Kanpur Rural, Karkhianv industrial area on Varanasi-Lucknow road near airport in district Varanasi and Saifai in the Etawah district of the state.
Kamdhenu Yojna in Uttar Pradesh
It was estimated that the cows and buffaloes of Uttar Pradesh were not high yielding breeds. In an earnest attempt to fix this, Akhilesh Yadav government launched interest free dairy schemes like Kamdhenu, Mini-Kamdhenu and Micro Kamdhenu to improve the availability of high-yielding animals in UP.
Under the Kamdhenu Yojna, 300 units of 100 cattle each have been established in the state. Under Mini and Micro Kamdhenu Yojna, 1500 and 2500 units of 50 and 25 cattle each, respectively have been established to surpass the low availability of high-yielding germ plasm animals in Uttar Pradesh.
The results now are for everyone to see!
Provision of Training Centres
Akhilesh government has also set up various training centres at Lucknow, Kanpur and Meerut, which aim at imparting education and training to the milk and dairy workforce. Moreover, lakhs of farmers have been directly benefitted from these dairy schemes and lakhs of employment opportunities have been created directly and indirectly in Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Hamara feels progressive to see Uttar Pradesh gradually developing and expanding its milk production base, so as to cater the needs of the entire population of India!
Isn’t that great!