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India’s livestock production figures on track to meet yearly target 

Indian Agricultural ministry released its livestock production figures, which includes milk and meat production for the July-October period of last year. The newly released data, based on integrated sample survey, suggest that the country’s major livestock production results were on track to achieve the annual objective of 2016-17.

According to senior ministry officials the country expects to surpass its target of 2016-17 in terms milk, egg and meat production.

Milk output during the July-October period escalated by 4.38 percent to 54.50 MT from 52.21 MT during the previous year. India has produced 105.42 million tonnes (MT) of milk during this year, while the target for the year was to produce 163.74 MT. Total milk output stood at 155.5 MT in 2015-16. With an annual target of 87.05 billion, the total egg production is assessed to be 55.11 billion so far this year. In India, around 75 percent of the total eggs produced are from commercial poultry farms and the remaining comes from households. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana , West Bengal and Haryana were five largest producers of eggs in the country.

Meat production in India has surged to 4.67 MT in this year and is expected to achieve annual target of 7.37 MT. The main meat producing states in India are Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.  About half of the total meat produced in the country comes from poultry while buffaloes accounts for another 20 percent.

The figures released by the ministry, however, revealed that the wool production in the country dropped in 2016 as compared to the previous year.

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