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Economics of Dairy Farming in India

Pointing out the analytical and conceptual flaws in the paper, “Do Producers Gain from Selling Milk? An Economic Assessment of Dairy Farming in Contemporary India” (EPW, 24 June 2017), this article explores the economics of milk production in India. It highlights, in particular, the need for any analysis of the dairy sector in India to take into consideration the interactions between crop and livestock production systems.

This note is in response to the article by Ghosh et al (2017) titled “Do Producers Gain from Selling Milk? An Economic Assessment of Dairy Farming in Contemporary India” (EPW, 24 June 2017). The analytical framework used by the researchers is not robust enough to examine if dairy production is economically viable for the producer. The data used and the nature of outputs in the study are not sufficient to conclude anything related to economics of milk production in India, despite the study covering four regions of the country. This probably stems from the researchers’ lack of familiarity with livestock farming systems in different parts of India.

Economics of Livestock Farming

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Updated On : 26th Oct, 2017

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