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Madhya Pradesh achieves highest milk production growth rate in country

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has achieved remarkable success in collection of milk and sale of milk products through cooperative societies. In coming years, Madhya Pradesh will leave behind even Punjab in milk collection.

Last year, Madhya Pradesh has gone ahead of Maharashtra. The state has reached eighth position in per capita milk availability leaving behind Uttar Pradesh in year 2012-13 and Jammu-Kashmir in 2013-14. At present rate of annual increase in milk production is 8.61 per cent which is much more than national average of 3.97 per cent. This information was given at a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa here on Saturday.

The meeting was held in the context of popularisation of Sanchi products. This year, 9.8 kg milk is being collected per day in Madhya Pradesh. Milk collection rate has increased by 35 percent as compared to last year.

Expressing happiness over increase in sale of new products of MP Dairy Federation, the Chief Secretary said that efforts should be made to popularise Sanchi products of Madhya Pradesh in the country and world. Number of milching animals like cows, buffaloes and goats is increasing constantly in Madhya Pradesh. Per day per capita milk availability in the state is 345 grams which is more than national average of 300 grams.

It is also more than recommendation of Medical Council of India for 280 gram milk and global average of 281 grams. There are 404 milk routes including 19 new ones and 7024 societies including 315 new ones.

About 40 thousand additional milk producers have joined societies, taking their number in the state to 2 lakh 33 thousand. The 18 Sanchi products sold in the state are now being sent to other states and countries. Rates of milk and new products have been fixed keeping in view competitor brands and local prices.

The Chief Secretary directed that sale of products of Madhya Pradesh Dairy Federation should also be arranged at tourist spots. These quality products should be sold through attractive sales parlours.