The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD), Government of India, is celebrating “National Milk Day” to commemorate the 101st birth anniversary of the “Father of the White Revolution in India”, Dr. Verghese Kurien also known as the Milkman of India, as a part of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” on 26th November 2022 in Bengaluru. The National Gopal Ratna Awards 2022 will also be conferred during the event, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying said today.
The Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Government of India; Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Govt. of Karnataka; National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and Karnataka Milk Federation have joined hands to organise this national event in the state of Karnataka.
According to the ministry, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (FAHD), Government of India will also lay the foundation stone of the advanced training facility at Central Frozen Semen Production and Training Institute at Heseraghatta, Karnataka Bovine IVF-(Invitro-fertilisation) activities at Central Cattle Breeding Farm, Heseraghatta, Bengaluru, virtually.
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During the function, a book on the life of Dr. Varghese Kurian and a booklet on milk adulteration is also to be released during the event.
Apart from Balyan, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India, Prabhu B. Chauhan; Minister of Animal Husbandry, Karnataka, Balachandra L. Jarkiholi; Chairman, KMF will also be present at the event. Rajesh Kumar Singh, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying and Varsha Joshi, Additional Secretary (Cattle and Dairy Development) will also address the event, the ministry informed.
Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying will also inaugurate Animal Quarantine Certification Services as part of the celebrations in Hasserghata Bengaluru. The ministry further said that the AQCS will be equipped with an online clearance system for imports of livestock products and livestock in due course and be a game changer for the local economy.