SHILLONG, Nov 26 - Meghalaya is among States with the lowest per capita consumption of milk, which is just 83 grams as against the national average of 200 grams.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said this during celebration of the National Milk Day here today. Consumption of milk will help promote nutritional security of children, he added.
Sangma said the need to fill up the deficit in milk production presents a huge opportunity to dairy farmers in the State, adding that various government initiatives are being undertaken to increase milk output in the State.
He said that in order to increase production, a �strong institutional set-up in terms of cooperative societies� is being encouraged, which would eventually provide economic benefit to the people.
�The Government has envisioned a road map to empower dairy farmers and uplift rural livelihood through various mission mode projects under the dairy sector in the State,� Sangma said.
Under the Government�s initiative, the Milk Production Centre at Mawiong has been upgraded to increase its production capacity from the current 12,000 litres to 52,000 litres per day and similar upgrades are being planned for dairy plants at Tura and Jowai.
The Government is also in the process of setting up a cattle ranch at Mawmerang, South West Khasi Hills, on a pilot project basis.
Meanwhile, Sangma said that the National Milk Day is an appropriate celebration to honour the contributions of Dr Verghese Kurien, the father of the white revolution in India.