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Milk Production in Ahmednagar District

Determinants of Decline

Ahmednagar is the largest milk-producing district in Maharashtra. However, the share of the district in total milk production of the state has declined in recent years. The talukas from the drought-prone southern region of the district, especially, have registered a huge fall in production. However, this trend is surprising when the number of milking animals has increased in the district. The article highlights this trend and examines the possible causes in the status of cattle health, the rising cost of cattle feed and fodder, backward technology, and decline in veterinary service centres in the region.

 

Milk production is an agriculture-based activity. It plays a crucial role in generating employment and reducing poverty, especially in rural areas. Milk is also an essential food commodity, which offers basic nutrients to the population. Presently, India is the largest milk producer with a 22% share in total milk production of the world. The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) successfully implemented Operation Flood in 1965, a programme that transformed a milk-deficient country into a milk-surplus country. This has led to an expansion of the dairy industry in the country, on a large scale.

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Published On : 29th Mar, 2024

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