Mon, 07 January 2013
SRINAGAR: The massive militarization is overburdening the otherwise milk self-sufficient Kashmir Valley, triggering a huge import of milk from the neighboring states.
Going by the official figures, Valley’s average daily production of milk is almost twice the quantity required to suffice the needs of about 70, 00, 000 people living here as per the 2011 census. Yet, two to three tankers of milk, each carrying about 6-10 thousand litres, are imported daily, primarily to meet the demands of “700,000 to 800,000” military and paramilitary forces deployed across the Valley.
“On an average, our daily production of milk is about 30 lakh litres. It means we have 430ml of milk available for every individual against the standard requirement of 222ml per person. But we still import two to three tankers of milk from outside the state daily to meet the demands of military and paramilitary forces and sweet makers,” Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir Dr GR Mir told Kashmir Reader.
The Valley has seemingly done well in the production of milk in the recent years. The production has almost doubled since the start of this decade. The milk production in 2011-2012 was about 12 lakh MT as against 6.76 lakh MT in 2001-2002.
However, the dependence on the neighboring states like Punjab and Haryana seems to have stayed unchanged all the while given the permanent and huge presence of forces in the Valley.
Many independent studies say Kashmir is the most militarized region in the world. Apart from triggering perpetual tension in the region, the militarisation is affecting the natural resources of the Valley as well.
“We are more than self-sufficient in milk production, yet our daily supply of milk is dependent on import from the neighboring states,” said a former official of the Animal Husbandry Department, who wished not be named. “Many factors including the permanent presence of seven to eight lakh forces personnel are responsible for this dependency.”
“The average daily consumption of milk by a military or paramilitary man is more than that of a civilian,” he said. “A civilian consumes between 180ml to 225ml of milk daily in various forms while as a military or a paramilitary man consumes about 300ml,” he added.
Publish Date: 7-01-13 9:54 PM
Mon, 07 January 2013