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The milk production in the Northeast has increased by 4.9% during 2019-20 when compared to 2018-19,

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, despite the increase in milk production the per capita availability of milk is far below the ICMR recommendation.

As per a study of milk demand in India conducted by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) through M/s A C Nielson under National Dairy Plan Phase-I scheme in 2019, estimated household consumption in 2019 and projected household demand in 2030 of milk and milk products in the Northeast states are as under:

“The projected household demand in 2030 indicates marketing potential of dairy products in Northeastern states, particularly in the state of Assam,” the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying said in astatement.

The present demand/consumption of milk and milk products of the Northeastern region is met jointly by the local production and by the leading dairy cooperatives and private sectors dairies of the country.

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Supplementing the efforts of states, the Government of India has taken the following initiatives to increase the quality and quantity of milk and milk products throughout the country including in Northeastern region:-

National Programme for Dairy Development scheme has been restructured / realigned in July 2021 to focus on improvement in quality of milk by creating/strengthening of infrastructure for quality milk testing equipment as well as primary chilling facilities.

Rashtriya Gokul Mission is being implemented for genetic upgradation of bovine population, enhancement of milk production and productivity of bovines and development and conservation of indigenous bovine breeds.

This information was given by Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Rupala in the Lok Sabha in a written reply on Tuesday.

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