Shillong: People from different walks of life took part in the National Milk Day, 2019 celebrations,organised by the state animal husbandry and veterinary department along with the directorate of dairy development, at State Central Library in Shillong on Tuesday.
Participants in large numbers also took part in Shillong Milk Marathon held on Tuesday. The theme of the celebration was “Drink Milk Today and Everyday”.
With several participants from all walks of life and various age groups, the celebration kicked off with the marathon, wherein a 12-year-old girl from South West Khasi Hills, Lyntijingkyrmen Kharjahrin, was awarded the most promising athlete after completing the marathon.
The inaugural function was attended by Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong, principal secretary of the animal husbandry & veterinary department P Shakil Ahmed, and senior officials of the department.
Awards were distributed to outstanding dairy farmers and winners of various competitions at the function.
Addressing the gathering, Sangma said that “National Milk Day” is an appropriate celebration to honour the contributions of Dr Verghese Kurien, he Father of the White Revolution, in transforming the dairy sector and rural livelihood across the country.
Stating that the per capita consumption of milk in Meghalaya is only 83 grams against the national average of 200 grams, the CM expressed hope that the various initiatives and programmes of the government to ramp up milk production in the state will transform the dairy sector further adding that increased production and consumption of milk will help secure the nutritional security of children.
‘Milk is a very important source of vitamins and protein and it could be one of the answers to combat malnutrition and improve the overall health of our children.’ he said.
In his address deputy chief minister, Prestone Tynsong said that the National Milk Day is celebrated annually in India to make people aware of the nutritional and health benefits of milk.
Stating that the government is committed to improve the dairy sector through various programs and initiatives to increase production, Tynsong informed that the Milk Production Centre at Mawiong has been upgraded to increase production capacity from current 12,000 litre to 52,000 litre per day and similar upgrades are being planned for dairy plants in Tura and Jowai respectively.