Context: The Prime Minister has recently inaugurated a dairy complex at Banas Dairy Sankul in Gujarat’s Banaskantha.
This initiative at Banas Dairy will empower farmers and boost the rural economy alongside strengthening Aatmanirbhar Bharat campaign through the cooperative movement.
India is the largest milk producer.
India is ranked 1st in milk production contributing 23% of global milk production.
Milk production in the country has grown at a compound annual growth rate of about 2% to reach 209.96 mn tonnes in 2020-21 from 146.31 mn tonnes in 2014-15 .
The Centre has been supplementing efforts of the State Governments to develop dairy infrastructure across the country by providing financial support through following DairyDevelopment Schemes to increase the income of farmers such as:
National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD)
Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS)
National Dairy Plan-I (NDP-I)
Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF)
Supporting Dairy Cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organizations engaged in dairy activities (SDCFPO)