World’s largest milk producer aims to double production

Published 5 May 15

India, which is already the worlds’ largest producer of milk, is aiming to double production by 2027 from 2012 levels. This would result in annual production of around 250 billion litres. The majority of this increase is required to keep pace with the predicted rise in Indian consumption of dairy products.

Currently many Indian dairy farms are small scale and sell into inefficient, informal markets. They also have other hurdles such as lack of available fodder and largely unproductive breeding. However, investment is being made. At farm level, plans to improve breeding technology and improved nutrition are in place. Beyond the farmgate, the Indian government is supporting investments in infrastructure to improve the cold chain and the efficiency of processing facilities.