India’s milk production at 160 million tonnes in 2015-16 – minister

India’s milk production touched 160.35 million tonnes in 2015-16, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said, adding that livelihood of 60 million households depended on the dairy sector.

According to the minister, the dairy cooperatives of the country have the singular distinction of providing 75 percent of their sales, on an average, to the farmers.

As many as 75 million women are engaged in the dairy sector as against 15 million men and there is an increasing trend towards participation of women in livestock development activities, he said.

The minister said India with 300 million bovines is home to 18 percent of the global population, adding that there were 39 breeds of cattle in the country and indigenous breeds had been imported by the United States, Brazil and Australia.



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