UP government set to roll out first-ever dairy policy
Uttar Pradesh’s first-ever dairy policy seeking an investment worth Rs 15,000 crore during the next five years is all set be rolled out ahead of the investor summit with the state cabinet most likely to give its nod to the proposed policy at its meeting.lucknow Updated: Jan 31, 2018 14:30 IST
Uttar Pradesh’s first-ever dairy policy seeking an investment worth Rs 15,000 crore during the next five years is all set be rolled out ahead of the investor summit with the state cabinet most likely to give its nod to the proposed policy at its meeting on Tuesday.
The proposed dairy policy focuses on seeking investment for setting up milk processing plants in the organised sector rather than aiming at increasing milk production.
Uttar Pradesh is the country’s leading milk producing state accounting for nearly 17% of the total production.
“The state’s first-ever dairy policy aimed at bringing investment for milk processing is likely to be put before the cabinet for its nod on Tuesday,” principal secretary, dairy development and animal husbandry, SM Bobde said.
Only 12% of the total milk produced in the state is currently processed in the organized sector to make milk products against the national average of 17%. “The new policy targets to take this figure to an ambitious 30% during the next five years by attracting an investment of Rs 15,000 crore,” he said.
According to Bobde, all the incentives and concessions like capital subsidy and detailed project report preparation subsidy provided in the state’s existing food and processing policy will be available to the entrepreneurs under the dairy policy on setting up milk processing plants in the state.
According to the Basic Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Statistics-2016-17 released by the Centre a few months ago, the largest producer of milk is Uttar Pradesh with 16.8 % of the total 163.7 million tonnes of milk production in the country, followed by Rajasthan that produces 11.8% of the total milk. Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat stand as the third and fourth largest milk producers with 8.2% and 7.8% of the total milk produce respectively.
It has been observed that between 2012-13 and 2016-17 states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Maharashtra, Haryana, Bihar and Tamil Nadu had a progressive trend in the production of milk while Uttar Pradesh remained the largest producer of milk during the entire period.
However, the per capita availability of milk in UP was found to be only 345 grams per day against the national average of 352 gram per day. UP was on the 11th position with Punjab topping the chart at 1075 grams per day, followed by Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat.