New Delhi: Per person availability of milk
in the country has increased over the last three years,
Parliament was informed today.
Per person availability of milk in the country was 258
grams per day in 2008-9 in comparison to 252 gms a day in
2007-08, Minister of Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant
Sahai informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply.
Availability was 246 gms a day in 2006-07, the minister
Production rose by 3,971 tonnes in 2007-08 compared to
2006-07, he said.
Quoting statistics of the Department of Animal Husbandry,
Dairying & Fisheries under the Union Ministry of Agriculture,
Sahai said that, though, milk production saw a rise in
majority of the states it was more noticeable in Andhra
Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
While milk production grew by 676 tonnes in UP in 2008-9
in comparison to 2007-08 the increase was 645 tonnes in Andhra
Pradesh, 475 tonnes in Gujarat and 283 tonnes in Madhya
Pradesh during the period, he added.
While availability rose in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar,
Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala and Madhya
Pradesh, it dropped in Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan
and Delhi in 2008-O9 in comparison to 2007-O8, the minister
said quoting data.
The country exported 70,146.76 metric tonnes of milk
products valued at Rs 980 crore to countries like UAE, Egypt,
Singapore, Japan, China, USA and Pakistan among others in
2008-9, the minister said.
Import of milk and cream in 2007-08 was 2,062.00 MT
worth about 29.58 crore, he added.
Sahai said his ministry was providing financial
assistance for promoting organised dairy processing sector.