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India - all set to become the world's largest milk producer - has a story to tell about it's dairy industry. A story which is comprehensively documented in Dairy India 1997 (fifth edition)
A country with a human population of 953 million (including 70 million dairy farmers), a dairy animal population of 57 million cows and 39 million buffaloes, producing 74.3 million tonnes of milk annually, of which 10% is processed in dairy plants, has a story to tell about its dairy industry. This remarkable compilation of over 900 pages of information bears witness to that fact.

By 1998, India is set to become the world’s leading milk producer, with a projected 76 million tonnes, although the per capita availability remains woefully low, at 220 g per day or 80.3 kg per year. Indian dairy development, based on the Village Milk Producers Cooperative concept conceived by Dr V Kurien and the staff of the National Dairy Development Board in Anand, represents one of the greatest and most successful social experiments of our time. This encyclopedic DAIRY INDIA Yearbook tells the full story of all aspects of Indian dairy development in a series of over 70 articles by specialists and 250 statistical tables and graphs. It covers production, processing, distribution, marketing and research and development, including such topical items as the GATT agreement and its effect on Indian dairying. The data base section of the directory includes lists of: analytical laboratories; associations; consultants; cheese manufacturers; dairy cooperatives; dairy plants; dairy product distributors; equipment manufacturers; feed manufacturers; semen banks; dairy periodicals, to mention but a few. It also includes a useful Who’s Who section.

The DAIRY INDIA Yearbook is recommended as essential reading matter not only for those with a direct interest in the Indian dairy industry, but also for libraries/information departments in universities, colleges and industry.

--Dr Ernest Mann

Source: International Journal of Dairy Technology, UK.

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