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Gujarat has recorded the highest share of 21 per cent in the country's total dairy output as the state recorded fifth highest growth rate of about 24 per cent in milk production, which was above the all-India growth rate of about 19 per cent during the five year period of 2006-10.


According to a latest Assocham study on dairy sector, while Gujarat ranked fifth in milk production with about eight per cent share across India in total milk production of over 120 million tons, the state was at the third place in generating direct employment in registered dairy units with 12 per cent share.

"With an annual dairy output worth over Rs 12,500 crore, Gujarat has acquired the highest share of about 21 per cent in terms of total dairy output worth over Rs 60,000 crore across top 20 states in India," the study titled 'Unlocking growth of potential of Indian dairy industry' says.

The state was ranked fourth with a share of about 7.5 per cent in 1,493 dairy factories across India.

In terms of per capita milk availability, the state has ranked fifth with 435 gm and it has clocked a growth rate of about 17 per cent in this regard which was well above all-India growth rate of 12 per cent.

According to the study while Andhra Pradesh has recorded the highest growth in terms of both milk production and per capita milk availability thereby clocking a growth rate of over 41 per cent and about 36 per cent (approximately) during the five year period of 2006-10, however, the state ranked third in terms of milk production with over 1.1 million tons of milk produced annually.

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Apart from Andhra Pradesh, the states of Rajasthan (28 per cent), Kerala (24.8 per cent), Karnataka (24 per cent) and

Gujarat (23.7 per cent) were amid top five states in terms of clocking high growth in milk production.

Uttar Pradesh commands highest share of over 17 per cent in total milk production followed by Rajasthan (11 per cent), Andhra Pradesh (nine per cent), Punjab (about eight per cent) and Gujarat (about eight per cent), which were top five states with a combined share of over 53 per cent.

Punjab has recorded the highest per capita milk availability of 937 gm as per latest available data, followed by Haryana (679 gm), Rajasthan (538 gm), Himachal Pradesh (446 gm) and Gujarat (435 gm).

"Milk production across India has grown at a significant rate of about 19 per cent during the aforesaid period with overall milk production crossing 121 mt mark as of 2010-11 but despite being the largest milk producer in the world, per capita milk availability in India at 252 gm falls below the global average of 279 gm per person per day," Assocham said.

The industries' body said it was imperative for India's dairy industry to streamline its value chain processes and integrate the smallholder dairy producers into the processing value chain in order to improve the overall performance of the industry, more so as they possess inherent strengths like low production costs, lower liabilities and limited liquidity risk.

(Posted on 02-05-2014)