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How India Plans to Host World Dairy Summit in 2022

Abha Toppo
Abha Toppo

India is currently working on developing a smart backyard dairying model near Delhi to exhibit in the World Dairy Summit that it will host in 2022.

The annual flagship Summit of the International Dairy Federation or IDF is actually a platform for dairy stakeholders that include farmers, researchers, processors & marketers, to exchange knowledge as well as ideas on better dairying practices.

For this, the government has involved the National Dairy Development Board or NDDB - the apex dairy development body in India, besides private players, cooperatives & Indian Dairy Association (IDA) as its stakeholders. In addition, an organising committee has been created with all the stakeholders as part of it. It is almost forty years since India hosted a global dairy summit.

Dilip Rath, Chairman of NDDB, who is also part of the IDF India National Committee said, “We are working to establish a village to display our smart dairying practices. It is not only to showcase, but also to develop a sustainable dairy model for the future. For this a model village will be set up near Delhi in Haryana. India has been regularly taking part in the annual summit in other countries. In 2022, we will be the host country”.

As many as 5,000 participants, 50% of which will be from abroad are expected to attend the one-week event that usually takes place around September-October. The summit will have exhibitions, technical sessions, farmer sessions, farm visits, social events and business engagements.

This year (2019), the event was held in Turkey. The next summit is scheduled in September-October 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. After that Purto Rico will host the event in 2021, followed by India in the year 2022 & China in 2023.

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