National Milk Day: Theme, History, Significance

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National Milk Day is an annual event celebrated in India. Milk is considered as an important source of Calcium. Apart from Calcium, milk is an excellent source of protein, vitamin D, and other essential nutrients. It is important for bones, muscles, and overall growth and development of the body. It provides strength and boosts immunity. India runs a huge dairy industry that contributes approximately 5.3% of the GDP of India. National Milk Day is celebrated on 26 November to acknowledge the contribution of Dr Verghese Kurien to the dairy industry. Stay tuned and read this article to learn more about National Milk Day!

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When is the National Milk Day celebrated in India?

It is celebrated on 26 November 2023. National Milk Day is an annual event celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr Verghese Kurien. It is celebrated to honour him because he brought the White Revolution and made the dairy industry of India, a self-sustained industry. Due to his contribution, he is also referred to as the “Father of White Revolution.”

This day was started by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and the Indian Dairy Association (IDA). The first National Milk Day was celebrated on 26 November 2014. 

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Who was Dr Verghese Kurien?

Dr Verghese Kurien was an Indian born on 26 Novemer 1921. He was born in a Syrian Christian family. We regard him as the Father of the White Revolution because he changed the scenario of the dairy industry as he successfully led the world’s extensive project i.e. Operation Flood. One of the famous dairy brands Amul was established by him. As per the statistics, in 1998 India became the largest milk producer in the world.

Varghese Kurien was awarded many awards like Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan. He was also felicitated with the World Food Prize and Krishi Ratna.

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National Milk Day Theme 2023

Every National and International Day is celebrated around a particular theme. But the National Milk Day does not have any theme. It is celebrated in general to spread awareness about the importance of milk, and changes in the dairy industry and people pay tribute to the father of the Milk Revolution in India. 

Although, there is a theme for World Milk Day. According to its official website, World Milk Day 2023 theme is ‘Showcasing how dairy is reducing its environmental footprint, while also providing nutritious foods and livelihoods.’

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National Milk Day: History and Significance

National Milk Day was started in 2014 and is celebrated every year on the birth anniversary of Dr Verghese Kurian. This day is celebrated to spread awareness about the importance of milk and its health benefits. 

Listed below are some Benefits of the Milk Revolution:

 Benefits of the Milk Revolution?

  • The revolution supported India to increase milk production in the country. 
  • It helped the rural sector of the country to earn more through working in the dairy industry.
  • Due to high production, the operation cost was reduced which made products reasonable for the consumers.
  • In 2016-17, India became the largest producer of milk in the world.

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What is National Milk Day in India?

National Milk Day in India is a day dedicated to acknowledging the work of Dr Verghese Kurian who brought the White Revolution to the country. 

Who invented World Mik Day?

World Milk Day was invented by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on 1 June 2001. 

Which personality is celebrated as National Milk Day?

The birth anniversary of Dr Verghese Kurien is celebrated on National Milk Day.

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