Dairy vets dry up on farms in India
Growth in dairy herds worldwide is not keeping pace with livestock numbers in India, the World Health Organisation has estimated.
The figure will have been expected as India had one of the fastest growing dairy sectors in the world, but it shows no sign of slowing, a World Health Organisation study said.
The study, conducted by two international NGOs, the World Food Programme and ActionAid, showed a 20 percent drop in the number of dairy farms operated by Indian farmers since 2007.
Worldwide, dairy herds increased by more than 12 percent between 2007 and 2010. This was double the growth rate in India over the same pCDC 철도청 카지노eriod.
The figure included farms operated by India’s dairy farmers alone.
The WHO’s chief nutritionist, Dr Robert Kennedy, said he was disappointed that more than half of Indian farmers were failing to meet the requirements set out in the National Dairy Marketing Organisation’s (NDMO) guidelines to encourage herd size.
“There is little to suggest that India’s herd reduction target, for which there is no scientific evidence, is achieving the desired health outcomes of herd size reductions and reduced incidence of infectious diseases,” Dr Kennedy said in a statement.
“That said, even if India’s herd reduction target is met, India’s meat consumption should be supported in order to reduce health i광주출장안마nequalities, which still remain high among some minority communities in India.”
India’s national milk production in 2008 stood at 28.8 million tonnes, of which 13.4 million tonnes were for milk, according to the NDMO.
There are more than 30 million dairy cows in India but they have the smallest size of any animal species and the largest number of calves.
The NDMO said the figure for 2012 was 22.1 million tonnes, of which 7.1 million tonnes were for milk and 1.9 million tonnes for calf milk and eggs.
It said some farmers have begun growing organic milk in response to demands from consumers, and the NDMO has warned that some dairy farms could also produce conventional milk in the future if demand rose.
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While India is known for its milk, the World Health Organization’s report noted that other dairy products including cheese have also had a strong influence on infant and child mortality in India, including in rural areas.
The WHO said the country’s overall infant mortality rate (IMR) in 2011 was 3