NEW DELHI — The Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Shri Giriraj Singh, was formally presented a copy of Dairy India (Edition Seven) on July 30, 2019.
At a meeting in his Krishi Bhawan office, Shri Giriraj Singh had an hour long interaction with the Dairy India editor-publisher, Sharad Gupta, in the presence of Shri Tarun Shridhar, Secretary to Government of India, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying.
Shri Giriraj Singh mentioned that formation of Ministry of Fisheries, AH & Dairying is an indication of the Centre’s long-term commitment to the growth of the livestock sector. Its vision is not just confined to poverty alleviation and doubling farmer income but facilitate building an environment to make dairying a platform for rural prosperity.
The one area on which Shri Giriraj Singh expressed particular interest was increasing earnings of dairy farmers by reducing input costs through introduction of sustainable technology and improved efficiency at all levels, including management, breeding, feeding and health care. Since dairying provides year-round income and generates gainful employment in the rural sector, R&D work done in the laboratories must be done keeping the farmers in mind and the institutions must establish direct linkages with them.
Shri Giriraj Singh also highlighted his Ministry’s efforts under Rashtriya Gokul Mission to enhance milk production and productivity of indigenous cattle, including promotion of embryo transfer technology, creation of facilities for sex-sorted semen production and genomic selection. The Ministry has also launched an ambitious FMD and Brucellosis eradication programme. Efforts are being made to tag all cows and buffaloes in the country and provide doorstep delivery of veterinary services to farmers.
Stressing on improving the quality of milk and milk products, the Minister said that the dairy industry needs to use latest technology to check adulteration at every stage from milk collection to processing.
Founded and conceived in 1980 by the late P.R. Gupta, a developmental journalist and passionate chronicler of the industry, Dairy India has evolved into one of the world’s most prestigious publications on dairying. A volume of over 950 pages, Dairy India serves as a Databank-cum-Management Guide-cum-Directory-cum-Who’s Who with over 100 in-depth articles, 300 tables and charts as well as details of over 7,000 organizations and specialists in the dairy industry.