Lucknow: With milk production growing at an average rate of nine lakh metric tonnes per annum in Uttar Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh is now at the forefront of the entire country.
According to a government spokesperson, milk production in UP has increased from 277.697 lakh metric tonnes in 2016-17 to 318.630 lakh metric tonnes in 2019-20. The state has produced 1,242.37 lakh metric tonnes of milk in the last four years. Six big companies, including Amul, have set up their dairy plants in UP in the last four years at a cost of Rs 172 crore, while work is on to set up seven others.
In addition, 15 investors have offered to set up their units. Due to the investment being made in the dairy sector, employment opportunities have been created on a large scale in the rural areas of the state. The number of villagers doing milk business by rearing cows and buffaloes is continuously increasing.
According to official figures, Uttar Pradesh is the largest milk producing state in the country, accounting for more than 17 percent of India’s total milk production. To boost milk production in the state, the government started conservation of milch animals and setting up greenfield dairies.
Officials said greenfield dairies are being set up in UP’s Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Meerut, Bareilly, Kannauj, Gorakhpur, Firozabad, Ayodhya and Moradabad districts, while four old dairies in Jhansi, Noida, Aligarh and Prayagraj have been upgraded. He is going. In addition, the Yogi Adityanath government has sanctioned Rs 272 crore for setting up cow protection centers in all the districts of the state. Due to which elaborate arrangements have been made for the protection and maintenance of destitute and abandoned cows.
Several dairy plants have come up in Uttar Pradesh in recent times, including Purvanchal Agrico, Shrestha Food, Desi Dairy, New Amit Food, Creamy Food and CP Milk Food, which have established themselves in Ghazipur, Bijnor, Meerut, Gonda, Bulandshahr and Lucknow. Plants have been established. The UP government is building Gau Sanrakshan Kendra and Govansh Van Vihar to further increase milk production in the state.
The construction of 118 such centers has already been completed. Under the Nisrit Govansh Sahyog Yojana, more than 66,000 cows have been handed over to the willing cattle herders. The state government has also started Gokul Puraskar and Nandbaba Award. This award is given to the highest producer of milk of indigenous cows. The government is giving credit cards to more than 12 lakh registered dairy farmers in rural areas, which has led to a significant increase in the livestock population in the state.