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I wish to draw your attention to an uncommon publication that promises to impart a new thrust to dairying — the base of rural development in general and landless farmers in particular to help overcome poverty. In the rural sector, some 70 million farmers annually produce over 80 million tonnes of milk.
As the world's largest milk producing country, India has given a lead in uplifting village milk producers through a unique model of cooperative dairying.

From time immemorial, the foundation of our milk production has been in hands of the landless farmers in villages. At the same time, the processing of milk into dairy products has been handled by millions of village "halwais" and their street-corner counterparts in towns and cities. These two groups form the core of the traditional dairy sector, the largest and fastest growing sector of Indian dairying. The value of its products exceeds Rs. 50,000 crores per year.

One weak link in the otherwise sound growth of dairying has been the general neglect that the traditional milk processing methods has received from the modern sector. However, in the past three decades, considerable R&D work has been done to bring about the much-needed value addition in the making of these age-old milk delicacies.

The upgrading of the age-old processing methods through the application of science and technology offers an exciting scope for transforming this sector. Motivated by this vision of challenging prospects, a group of four dairy professionals got together to document India's experience in modernizing the production of our indigenous milk products. They have jointly authored the first of its kind handbook on the Technology of Indian Milk Products.

A volume of 482 pages,
this handbook serves as a guide to help modernize the traditional dairy sector. At the same time, it also meets the demand for scientific data, market prospects and technical information needed for developing new strategies by planners, professionals, managers, technologists, scientists, extension workers, entrepreneurs and others. Thus, the handbook will help the all-round development of this non-organized sector on scientific lines with due weightage to safety, hygiene and quality of dairy products manufactured. It will also help rural development, fight poverty, overcome malnutrition and provide productive work for rural farm hands.

You may kindly bring this just-released handbook to the attention of the Secretaries in the State Animal Husbandry & Dairying Departments, the State Cooperative Dairy Federations/Unions; the subordinate offices/units in the field under your kind control and other appropriate institutions.

Binoo Sen, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dept of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Govt of India

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