PM Modi inaugurates World Dairy Summit in India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit (IDF WDS) 2022, being organised at India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while highlighting about the substantial increase in domestic milk production in recent years said the country's annual milk production growth is three times higher than the global average.

"The potential of the dairy sector not only gives impetus to the rural economy but is also a major source of livelihood for crores of people across the world", he said.

Minister Purshottam Rupala, while addressing the World Dairy Summit 2022 said that it is organised after 48 years in India.

"World Dairy Summit 2022 has been organized after over 48 years in India. Our milk production is 220 million tons today. We are in the position to export surplus milk, in line with the 'Aatma Nirbhar Bharat'," he said.

According to the Prime Minister's Office, the four-day-long IDF WDS 2022 being held from September 12 to 15, is a congregation of global and Indian dairy stakeholders including industry leaders, experts, farmers and policy planners centering around the theme of 'Dairy for Nutrition and Livelihood'.

Around 1,500 participants from 50 countries are expected to participate in IDF WDS 2022. The last such Summit was held in India about half a century ago in 1974.

"The Indian dairy industry is unique in the sense that it is based on a cooperative model that empowers small and marginal dairy farmers, especially women. Driven by the vision of the Prime Minister, the government has taken multiple steps for the betterment of the dairy sector resulting in an increase of milk production by more than 44 per cent in the last eight years," said the PMO.

"The success story of the Indian dairy industry, accounting for about 23 per cent of global milk, producing around 210 million tons annually, and empowering more than 8 crore dairy farmers, will be showcased at the IDF WDS 2022," it said.

The summit will also help Indian dairy farmers to gain exposure about global best practices.

Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Purshottam Rupala, Chief Minister M Yogi Adityanath and others were present.

(ANI)

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