November 26th every year is celebrated as National Milk Day in India. This day has been held since the year 2014 to commemorate the birthday of Dr Varghese Kurien, the father of the White Revolution in India.
Dr Varghese Kurien is also known as Milkman of India. On 25th and 26th November 2021 Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) and College of Dairy Science & Technology (CODST) has organized “Milk Adulteration Testing Camp” to celebrate this day.
Significance of National Milk Day
National Milk Day is celebrated with the purpose of providing information on the importance and need of milk in the lives of people. The first food that a child consumes after birth is milk and is probably a food that is consumed throughout ones’ life.
Historical background of the day
In the year 2014, all major dairy companies in India and the Indian Dairy Association have decided to celebrate National Milk Day on 26th November to honour the doctor.
About Dr. Varghese Kurien
He is known as the “Father of the White Revolution in India” and was also a social entrepreneur. Dr. Kurien led Operation Flood, the largest dairy development program of the world. This operation has transformed India from a milk-deficient country to the world’s largest milk-producing country. This move has doubled the milk available per capita and quadrupled milk yields in about 30 years.
He also played an important role in the formation of Amul which 65 years ago broke the local trade cartel. This paved way for the formation of the dairy cooperative sector in the state of Gujarat. From the year 1973 to 2006, he worked for the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF).