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India: The largest milk producer in the world

India: The largest milk producer in the world

Aparna Dutt Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, IBEF

May 06, 2013 5:45 PM

India has been the largest milk producing country in the world since 1997 and the recently announced data for 2011-12 reiterated the strong position of the country in the global market. Growing by 5.01 per cent over 2010-11, India remained the largest milk producing country in the world at 127.9 million tonnes as per last available data (2011-12). The annual average growth rate in milk production in India stood at 4.29 per cent during 2001-02 to 2011-12 with the milk production rising from 84.4 million tonnes in 2001-02 to 127.9 million tonnes in 2011-12. It is expected that India will increase its output by 5 million tonnes to reach 132 million tonnes in 2012-13. While a large credit of India’s strong position in the global market goes to the White Revolution (also known as Operation Flood), the country is today well poised for higher growth in the coming years. The milk output is expected to cross the 150 million tonne mark in the coming few years with India continuing to be the largest milk producing nation in the world.

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