India’s dairy sector has helped lift the rural economy and improve livelihoods -Yashobanta Parida and Deepika Yadav
-The Hindu Business Line
The country must now usher in a new era of development for the dairy sector, by building procurement infrastructure in milk deficit States and adopting appropriate technology in these regions
World Milk Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on June 1, 2001, to recognise the importance of milk as a global food. This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Milk Day. This day provides an opportunity to know the importance and benefit of milk with regards to health and nutrition and the importance of the dairy sector in the global economy.
This sector also plays an important role in achieving food security, reducing global poverty, generating employment opportunities for women, and providing a regular source of income for rural households. Moreover, in developing economies, landless and poor farmers are actively involved in dairying as an essential means of livelihood. According to the FAO 2018 report, more than 500 million impoverished people depend mainly on livestock, and many of them are small and marginal dairy farmers.
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The Hindu Business Line, 1 June, 2020, https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/indias-dairy-sector-has-helped-lift-the-rural-economy-and-improve-livelihoods/article31722467.ece#