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World Milk Day: Importance and History in India

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Every year on June 1st, World Milk Day is celebrated. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrates World Milk Day to honour the dairy industry and highlight the importance of milk products as a global food. Milk Day was first recognized  on June 1st, 2000.

Theme of World Milk Day 2022 

Climate change effect on dairy industry — World Milk Day
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This year’s World Milk Day topic is to bring everyone’s attention to the issue of climate change and how to mitigate its effects in the dairy industry. Another goal of this year is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the next 30 years. Its primary goal is to achieve ‘Dairy Net Zero.’

Importance of World Milk Day

The main goal of World Milk Day is to raise public awareness about the value of milk and dairy products in our daily life. Milk and dairy products are not only a vital source of nourishment, but they are also a source of income for approximately one billion people around the world. The global dairy market is a critical component of the global economy. The day has special significance for India because it is one of the world’s top producers of milk.

Operation Flood – Milk Revolution of India

In 1970, Operation Flood, also known as the White Revolution, was initiated. It was India’s National Dairy Development Board’s (NDDB) initiative, and it was the world’s largest dairy development programme. It helped India go from being a milk-deficient country to the world’s greatest milk producer. 

Father of White Revolution in India 

Verghese Kurien, dubbed the “Father of the White Revolution” in India. His “billion-litre idea,” transformed dairy farming into India’s greatest self-sustaining business and the largest rural employment sector, accounting for a one third of all rural income. The” Milkman” Verghese Kurien is also one of the founders of AMUL.

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