30 November, 2020

The Dying Milkwood Tree

The white revolution may fall victim to an ongoing drought

The Dying Milkwood Tree
Come summer and a large part of the nation, particularly its northern and north-western parts, may experience an unprecedented shortage of milk. Thanks to the continuing drought conditions and water-table depletion in six states, cattle fodder has become scarce. And cattle stalked by death and disease means milk of low volume and quality.

In a recent presentation to the department of animal husbandry and dairies, the drought-hit states sounded an alarm for the future of the white revolution. In Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, the Anand-based National Dairy Development Board (nddb) branches have received several complaints on how the water crisis in their respective regions is directly reflected in the low milk yield, its substandard quality and widespread adulteration (using ice to increase the volume and mixing powder to increase thickness).

Says R.S. Gill, managing director of Rajasthan Cooperative Dairy Federation: "The level of water is fast depleting here. If water is scarce for people, how can the cattle get it? Several have perished and we're trying to...


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