With Just 2% Milch Cattle, Punjab is Producing 8% of Country’s Milk

Milk had been an important part of our meal for ages and due to the essential nutritional content in it, it has often been referred to as a complete meal for children. India had been a poor country in milk production until White Revolution and today it stands tall as the top milk producing country in the globe.

India’s position

With a market share of approximatly 18 per cent of total production across the planet, India is the largest milk producer in the world. In the white race India is followed by the United States of America, China and Pakistan. As per a report, milk production in India rose to 155.5 million tons in the fiscal 2015-16.

What was White Revolution?

Launched in 1970 it was a project of India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) the world’s biggest dairy development program. The revolution changed the image of the country making it world’s largest milk producer from a milk-deficient nation. Surprisingly it surpassed United States of Americe in the late 90s.

The world milk day

World milk production has increased by more than 50 per cent in the last three decades and today dairy farming is India’s largest self-sustainable resource and is also one of the leading rural employment generator. Established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the World Milk Day is commemorated to recognise the significance of milk as a global food. Incepted in the year 2001 it is observed on June 1 each year

Why is milk essential

With all the essential nutritional content milk is by far one of the best beverages for all ages. According to the National Dairy Council, milk possesses nine essential nutrients that benefit our health. These nutrients are:

Calcium: Builds healthy bones and teeth; maintains bone mass

Protein: Serves as a source of energy; builds/repairs muscle tissue

Potassium: Helps maintain a healthy blood pressure

Phosphorus: Helps strengthen bones and generate energy

Vitamin D: Helps maintain bones

Vitamin B12: Maintains healthy red blood cells and nerve tissue

Vitamin A: Maintains the immune system; helps maintain skin and normal vision

Riboflavin (B2): Converts food into energy

Niacin: Metabolizes sugars and fatty acids

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