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President Murmu Highlights Pivotal Role of Dairy Sector in Empowering Women's Self-Reliance

President Droupadi Murmu stated on Monday that the dairy sector has a unique role in empowering women and altering their social and economic status.

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President Murmu Highlights Pivotal Role of Dairy Sector in Empowering Women's Self-Reliance
President Murmu Highlights Pivotal Role of Dairy Sector in Empowering Women's Self-Reliance

Murmu remarked at the convocation occasion of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-National Dairy Research Institute (ICAR-NDRI) here that women make up more than 70% of the dairy sector and that they should be given easy loans and market access to start new businesses.

According to Murmu, women power is vital in India's dairy business."The dairy sector plays a unique role in empowering women and changing their social and economic status," she said. As a result, more options for education, training, and skill development are required. Women should also be given simple loans and market access to start businesses in the dairy sector, she believes.

Congratulating the students who received degrees and medals during the convocation ceremony, President Obama stated that it is a source of great pride that more than one-third of those who received degrees are female, and half of those who received gold medals are female.

544 students received their diplomas at the ceremony. According to Murmu, the demand for milk products is increasing as the country's population grows. "The dairy industry is facing challenges such as a lack of high-quality fodder, weather changes caused by climate change, and livestock diseases." We face a difficulty in making milk production and dairy farming sustainable.

"It is our collective responsibility to develop the dairy industry by implementing environmentally friendly and climate-smart technologies while keeping animal welfare in mind," she said. The President expressed her delight at learning that the NDRI is encouraging various methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from dairy farms, as well as an emphasis on sustainable energy sources such as biogas production.

"The farmers of Punjab and Haryana played a critical role in the success of both the green and white revolutions." "I salute all farmers," she stated. Milk and milk products have always been a part of Indian cuisine and culture. Cow's milk, like mother's milk, is regarded the elixir of health, according to her. Cows and other livestock have long been a part of Indian culture and traditions, she says.

According to Murmu, the dairy industry also plays a vital part in guaranteeing India's food and nutritional security. It is a source of pride for her because India is the world's largest milk producing country, accounting for roughly 22% of global milk output, she said.

"The dairy sector contributes about 5% of the country's GDP and employs approximately 8 crore people in India." As a result, institutions like ICAR-NDRI play a vital role in the country's inclusive growth," she stated. She stated that the NDRI, which was founded in 1923, has made important contributions to the development of India's dairy industry.

Noting that the NDRI has developed a technology to make clones of high milk yielding buffaloes and cows, she stated that this would raise the animals' milk production capacity and farmers' income. Murmu encouraged the pupils to always endeavour to learn new things and work for the good of the community. "I want to see some of you become job creators and entrepreneurs in the dairy industry," she remarked.

The occasion was also attended by Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, and Union Minister Parshottam Rupala.

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