Just 35% Cows in India Produce Milk, Says Agriculture Minister in Parliament
Union minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday told Parliament that as per the 19th Livestock Census-2012, out of total number of 122.98 million cows, only 43.95 million (35.74%) cows are in-milk production.
File photo of Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh.
New Delhi: Only 35.74% of the total cow population in India produces milk, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh told Parliament on Tuesday.
Singh responded in writing to a written question from two Members of Parliament in Lok Sabha. The MPs asked the government "whether it is a fact that 99.19 percent cows and 99 percent oxen are productive in the country".
In his reply, the minister said, "No, As per the 19th Livestock Census-2012, out of total no. of 122.98 million cows, 43.95 million (35.74%) cows are in-milk production and 46.88 million male cattle (69.03%) out of total population of 67.92 million are used for breeding and draught purposes."
He added that the Central government had been aiding the states to boost milk production. "The value of total milk production during the year 2015-16 was Rs 5,49,587.00 Crore. In order to support the efforts of the States, Rs 490.95 crores were released by the Central Government under various schemes of Dairy Development during 2015-16," he said.
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