||A country with a human population of 953
million (including 70 million dairy farmers), a dairy animal population of 57 million cows
and 39 million buffaloes, producing 74.3 million tonnes of milk annually, of which 10% is
processed in dairy plants, has a story to tell about its dairy industry. This remarkable
compilation of over 900 pages of information bears witness to that fact.
By 1998, India is set to become the worlds leading milk producer, with a
projected 76 million tonnes, although the per capita availability remains woefully low, at
220 g per day or 80.3 kg per year. Indian dairy development, based on the Village Milk
Producers Cooperative concept conceived by Dr V Kurien and the staff of the National Dairy
Development Board in Anand, represents one of the greatest and most successful social
experiments of our time. This encyclopedic DAIRY INDIA tells the full story of all aspects of Indian dairy development in a series of
over 70 articles by specialists and 250 statistical tables and graphs. It covers
production, processing, distribution, marketing and research and development, including
such topical items as the GATT agreement and its effect on Indian dairying. The data base
section of the directory includes lists of: analytical laboratories; associations;
consultants; cheese manufacturers; dairy cooperatives; dairy plants; dairy product
distributors; equipment manufacturers; feed manufacturers; semen banks; dairy periodicals,
to mention but a few. It also includes a useful Whos Who section.
The DAIRY INDIA is recommended as essential reading matter not only
for those with a direct interest in the Indian dairy industry, but also for
libraries/information departments in universities, colleges and industry.
--Dr Ernest Mann
Source: International Journal of Dairy Technology, UK.