“China’s dairy model not suitable for India”

While India faces challenges on bridging the demand-supply gap in milk production, China’s approach to dairy development on large tracts of pastoral land would not suit our sustainable development goals, T. Nanda Kumar, Chairman, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), said here on Wednesday.

The Indian dairy sector, largest milk producer in the world, is sustained by smallholder dairy producers.

“I don’t think India will move in that [China’s] direction as we have the economic philosophy of poverty alleviation, employment generation and sustainable development. We want to continue on our path,” Mr. Kumar said on the sidelines of meeting of experts to discuss sustainable dairy development in Asia.

The meet discussed strategies for enhancing milk production in the Asian region where the demand for milk and milk products is set to reach almost 320 million tonnes by the year 2021, as per the estimates of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The region needs to increase its milk availability by another 50 million tonnes in the coming decade to meet the demand.

India’s milk production in 2012 was 177.5 million tonnes and it is set to add an estimated six million tonnes every year.