“National Milk Day” to be celebrated on November 26

The National Milk Day is celebrated on November 26, every year.

Key points

  • To celebrate the National Milk Day, College of Dairy Science & Technology (CODST) and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) is organizing “Milk Adulteration Testing Camp” on 25 and 26 November 2021.
  • The day is celebrated to honor Dr. Verghese Kurien, who is the father of India’s White Revolution. It marks his birth anniversary.

National Milk Day-Historical Background

All the dairy majors of India along with Indian Dairy Association resolved in 2014, to observe National Milk Day on November 26, to pay tribute to Dr. Verghese Kurien. November 26 is the birthday of Dr Kurien.

Who was Dr Verghese Kurien?

Dr Verghese Kurien is known as ‘Father of the White Revolution’ in India. He was a social entrepreneur. He led Operation Flood, which is the largest agricultural dairy development programme worldwide. This operation made India the largest milk producer of the world, from a milk-deficient country.  This movement doubled the milk available per person as well as increased milk output four-time, in some 30 years.

Dr Kurien’s link with Amul

Dr Kurien played a significant role in formation of Amul. It broke the local trade cartel 65 years ago. This, it paved way for dairy co-operative sector to flourish in Gujarat. Dr Kurien served the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) in between 1973 to 2006.

Objective of National Milk Day

The National Milk Day is observed with the objective of providing information regarding the need and importance of milk in human’s life. Milk is the first food that a child consumes after the birth. It is perhaps the food consumed throughout life.

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