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India to host IDF World Dairy Summit 2022 in September

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17 May 2022, New Delhi: International Dairy Federation’s World Dairy Summit 2022, the most coveted event of the dairy sector, will be organised in India. The summit will be held at New Delhi from September 12-15 in which dairy industry stakeholders from over 40 countries would participate and work towards ways to further develop global dairy industry. This was announced in a curtain raiser event held in the capital city New Delhi today.

Chairing the event, Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Dr. Sanjeev Balyan expressed his delight over India hosting the World Dairy Summit after 48 years.  

“It is a matter of great delight that India has got the opportunity to host the World Dairy Summit after 48 years,” said Dr Balyan while speaking at the curtain raiser event of the IDF. The event will be held in Greater Noida Expo Centre from September 12-15, 2022, he announced.

Dr Balyan said, “The world’s growth rate in this sector is just two per cent, while the growth rate in our country is six per cent. The growth rate in this sector in India will further grow in the coming times.” 

The Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying further said India is currently at the No.1 position in the world in milk production. “Our production is 21 crore tonnes. The availability of milk in the world is 310 gram per day, while we are at 427 gram per day. So, there is a big positive difference,” he added. Underlining the dairy in India is cooperative based, Dr Balyan said this sector is linked with employment in India. 

Mr. Meenesh Shah, Chairman, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and the Member Secretary of Indian National Committee of IDF, said Dairy sector is the most important sector to boost the rural economy of India as it provides livelihood opportunities to about eight crore farmers that is why World Dairy Summit is significant to the stakeholders in India. Not only the farmers, but even the landless farmers are linked with dairy. Milk is an important means of livelihood in our country, Shah said.

The theme of the World Dairy Summit 2022 is based on nutrition and is expecting participants from 40-45 countries including farmers in large number.

Mr. Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, said “The World Dairy Summit is the first physical event post Covid by the International Dairy Federation. The last event happened in 2019 in Istanbul and after 2019 this is the first physical event of the World Dairy Summit and is happening in India.”

Mr Piercristiano Brazzale, the President of International Dairy Federation (IDF), said India is the most important country in the world in the dairy sector. Underlining the IDF is a “global organisation”, Mr Brazzale said: “IDF cares about all the dairy chains and we give a science-based support to the dairy sector.”

Ms Caroline Emond, Director General, IDF, said the World Dairy Summit will be a great opportunity for dairy farmers, leaders, experts, scientists, professionals and academics to connect, learn and get inspired. “India’s success story of women empowerment will be shared with the world through World Dairy Summit where we can learn that dairy is an engine of development in India,” she added.

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