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World Milk Day, 2021 organized on 1st June

World Milk Day, 2021 organized on 1st June

World Milk Day, 2021 has been celebrated globally on 1st June.

  • On this day in India, ‘Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority’ (APEDA) has organized a seminar in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying to enhance the export potential of India’s dairy products.

Key points

It is to be known that India ranks first in the production of milk in the world, so we can say that India is self-sufficient in the production of milk and India also produces additional milk in sufficient quantity for export. The Government of India has run many schemes for the development of the dairy sector, such as –

  • National Program for Dairy Development
  • National Livestock Mission
  • Livestock Health and Disease Control Program
  • Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund

The dairy sector has been badly affected due to theCOVID-19 pandemic. It is noteworthy that the livelihood of billions of people of the world including India is linked to the dairy sector.

World Milk Day

  • World Milk Day is celebrated every year on 1stJune all over the world. The purpose of celebrating this is to promote the development of dairy sector, milk production activities and the nutritional value of milk. In India, this day is being celebrated by the Food and Agriculture Organization on 1 June every year since
  • The theme of the 2021 World Milk Day is ‘Sustainability in the dairy sector with messages around the environment, nutrition, and socio-economics’.

Nutrients found in milk

  • It is a nutritious diet. In which many important minerals including proteins, vitamins (A, B2, D, K), phosphorus, magnesium, iodine, fat are found.
  • Regular consumption of milk provides adequate supply of calcium in the body which makes bones strong.
  • The protein present in milk in high quantities helps in the physical development of children and the repair of muscles of older people.
  • While the vitamins in milk strengthen the body’s immune system, fat provides energy to the body in sufficient quantities.

Milk revolution in India

  • VergheseKurien is considered to be the father of milk revolution in India. He has been instrumental in establishing and bringing success to the reputed milk brand Amul.
  • Impressed by the success of Amul, the then Prime Minister LalBahadurShastri formed the ‘National Milk Development Board’ (NDDB) in 1965 to spread the Amul model to all parts of the country and made Dr. Kurien the chairman of this board.
  • Under the leadership of Dr. VergheseKurien, ‘Operation Flood’ was started in 1970, which started the White Revolution in India and India became one of the largest milk producing countries in the world.

Source: The Hindu

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