On the occasion of World Milk Day, a one-day National level Seminar was conducted on Nutrition Building by Indian Dairy Association on 1st June, 2023. The program was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister Animal Resource Development Department, Govt. of West Bengal, Shri Swapan Debnath. First he extending the message of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of West Bengal, Ms. Mamta Banerjee about Milk Production in West Bengal which has increased because of the efforts of State Government.

In the inaugural speech Hon.Minister directed the expert Mr.Kuldeep Sharma, the IDA Awardee to prepare the Road Map after consulting the participants, other IDA members and stakeholders so that the existing players in WB can adopt villages and conduct meetings in the villages with an aim of economic and ecofriendly benefits are achieved on time basis. This road map must ensure that more milk and milk products can be made available at competitive rate . It must also meet the objective of nutrition building amongst the farmers and consumers through dairy development programs.

Dr. Raja Rathanam, Convenor of the IDA informed that the conversion of unorganized into organized sector on time bound basis can mainly help to achieve the theme of World Milk Day initiated by Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO).

Dr. Sabyasachi Roy, Team Leader, National Dairy Development Board informed that NDDB and other related organization are ready to support the dairy entrepreneur in a cooperative way so that India continues to be Number-One in milk production. Dr. D C Sen, Vice Chairman, Indian Dairy Association expressed to take forward action to benefit the producer, consumer and other stakeholders.

Many dignitaries including industrialist academicians, farmers and consumers attended the programme. At the end a road map has been prepared to achieve the objective of World Milk Day for implementation. Later, Mr Kuldeep Sharma, a dairy expert and IDA Awardee chaired the panel discussion on the theme of the program. He also agreed to give expert guidance to the association and support the development as well as implementation of the Roadmap as desired by the State minister.

Source : Indian Dairy Association Eastern Zone Press release June 2nd 2023

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