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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that Indian scientists have prepared an indigenous vaccine for Lumpy skin disease that killed over 5,000 animals across the country last month itself.
“In the recent past, there has been a loss of livestock in many states of India due to the Lumpy skin disease. The central government, along with various state governments, is trying to control it. Our scientists have also prepared indigenous vaccine for the Lumpy skin disease,” he said after inaugurating the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit 2022 at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
PM Modi added the Indian government was also emphasising on universal vaccination of animals. “We have resolved that by 2025, we will vaccinate 100 per cent cattle against Foot and Mouth disease and Brucellosis. We are aiming to be completely free from these diseases by the end of this decade.”

Largest database of dairy animals, Pashu Aadhar
Besides, PM Modi said India was building the largest database of dairy animals, Pashu Aadhar.
“India is building the largest database of dairy animals. Every animal associated with the dairy sector is being tagged. With the help of modern technology, we are doing biometric identification of animals. We have named it- Pashu Aadhar,” the PM said, adding the digital revolution witnessed in India has also reached the dairy sector. “Digital payment system developed for India’s dairy sector can help farmers across the world.”
44% rise in milk production since 2014
Prime Minister Modi also said there has been an increase of about 44 per cent in milk production since 2014 in India.
“India produced 146 million tonnes of milk in 2014. Now it has increased to 210 million tonnes. That means an increase of about 44 per cent,” he said adding since his government came to power, they have been working relentlessly to enhance the potential of India’s dairy sector. “Today its result is visible from milk production to increased income of farmers.”
The prime minister’s office said the success story of the Indian dairy industry, accounting for about 23 per cent of global milk, producing around 210 million tonnes annually, and empowering more than 8 crore dairy farmers, will be showcased at the IDF summit.
Women 70% of the workforce in India’s dairy sector
The PM went on to say that women represents 70 per cent of the workforce in India’s dairy sector. “The women are the real leaders of India’s dairy sector. Not only this, more than one third of the members of dairy cooperatives in India are women.
He also didn’t forget to mention the small farmer who, he said, were the driving force of the dairy sector in India unlike other developed countries of the world. “India’s dairy sector is characterised by production by masses more than mass production,” PM Modi said, adding there is no middle man in the whole process, and more than 70 per cent of the money received from the customers goes into the pockets of the farmers. “No other country has this much ratio.
Praising the huge network of dairy cooperative in India, he said such an example is difficult to find in the whole world. “These dairy cooperatives collect milk twice a day from about two crore farmers in more than two lakh villages of the country and deliver it to the customers.”
He also pitched for diversity in farming as well as animal husbandry. “Monoculture is not the only solution in farming, but diversity is very much needed. This also applies to animal husbandry. That’s why today in India, attention is being paid to both indigenous and hybrid breeds.”
Prime Minister Modi also inspected an exhibition at India Expo Centre and Mart where the World Dairy Summit 2022 is being organised.
Minister of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying Parshottam Rupala and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath were among others present at the inauguration.
Rupala, while addressing the World Diary Summit 2022, said that it was organised after 48 years in India.
“Our milk production is 220 million tonnes today. We are in the position to export surplus milk, in line with the Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” he said.
According to the PMO, the four-day-long IDF summit from September 12-15, is a congregation of global and Indian dairy stakeholders, including industry leaders, experts, farmers and policy planners centring around the theme of ‘Dairy for Nutrition and Livelihood’.
Around 1,500 participants from 50 countries are expected to participate. The last such summit was held in India about half a century ago in 1974.
(with inputs from agencies)

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