Why it is important to count India’s cows (and chickens)

The importance of a livestock census was first recognised in 1919, 47 years after human counting was started in 1872.
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Why healthy animals mean healthy humans, and how to meet that goal

As human populations expand, it results in greater contact with domestic and wild animals, providing more opportunities for diseases to pass from one to the other. 
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NDDB’s Role in the White Revolution and Challenges Ahead

Operation Flood was the first programme in the world to use food aid for development. It also introduced modern liquid milk processing plants and created a National Milk Grid. NDDB worked as a catalyst innovating tanker design, milk packaging and dispensing, and arranging a national marketing network. The cooperative structure has been a catalyst for the extraordinary growth of India’s dairy industry.
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National Dairy Plan

National Dairy Plan-Phase I (NDP-I), launched in 2011–12, is a scientifically planned initiative to help increase the productivity of milch animals and provide rural milk producers with greater access to the organised milk processing sector. The World Bank aided project also plans to ensure that small producers adopt appropriate technologies so as to remain competitive.
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What we Need is not Food Security but Nutritional Security

We will need to harness all dairy chains and all milk pools if we are to have any chance of meeting the growing demands for dairy and closing the nutritional security gap for all. We will need to drive improvements in the productivity and sustainability of all production systems. We need to understand all consequences of current and future nutritional policies, standards and regulations as we try to combat both the diseases of affluence such as obesity and diabetes and of poverty such as stunting.
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Milk — There is No Better Alternative

Milk is one of the most consumed beverages throughout the world. A near-perfect food source packed with vital vitamins and minerals it keeps our body healthy and strong. Milk provides proteins with a wide range of amino acids. Cultured dairy products such as yogurt, buttermilk, and some cheeses have some additional advantages. So there is no reason to not enjoy milk as a part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle!
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R&D Roadmap to Strengthen the Indian Dairy Sector

There is a growing demand for safe, nutritious, health promoting milk products calling for value addition, product diversification and complete quality assurance. This warrants formulation of policies and programmes to control cost of milk production to evolve financially viable, environment friendly and user beneficial processing technologies as well as to facilitate flow of milk to the organised sector and strengthen the legitimate interests of various stakeholders at the national and international level.
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An Institutional Choice – Producer Companies

True development involves the creation of Institutional Structures to enable producers become a part of the economic mainstream. New economic challenges and opportunities necessitate new institutional forms. These institutions should be producer-owned and managed by competent professionals so that they possess a degree of efficiency and skill that equals or exceeds other forms of enterprise.
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Developing Indian Cattle: A Prospective Approach

Crossbreds are more productive but their tendency to wilt under Indian conditions of low input and harsh climate and susceptibility to tropical diseases warrants the conservation and development of indigenous breeds. To this end the Indian government has introduced the Rs 5,000-million Rashtriya Gokul Mission which aims at conserving and developing indigenous cattle breeds in a focused and scientific manner. This programme will cover genetic improvement of 13 buffalo breeds as well.
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Demystifying Myths of Indian Dairying

There are several myths prevalent in India about the dairy sector. Some of these claim that there are huge production shortages; that FDI is the panacea; that western dairy products give higher returns and that the cooperative sector handles more milk than dairies in the private sector. One by one this article exposes these myths and calls for inclusion of private sector also in India’s ‘dairy vision’.
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