Buoyed by rising milk production in India, global milk output is expected to rise by almost 3 per cent to 750.1 million tonnes (mt) in the current calender year, United Nation's body FAO has said.
World production of milk is estimated at 730.1 mt in 2011, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in its latest Food outlook report.
"World milk production in 2012 is forecast to grow by 2.7 per cent to 750 mt. Asia is expected to account for most of the increase, with output in India, the world's largest milk producing country, forecast to rise by 5.2 million tonnes to 127 million tonnes," FAO noted.
Dynamic domestic demand is the main engine stimulating growth in India, which is largely absent from the international market for dairy products, it added.
As per India's National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), the country produced 121 mt of milk in 2010-11 fiscal, which comprised about 17 per cent of global production.
According to the government data, the per capita milk availability rose to 281 gm per day in 2010-11 against 278 gram per day in 2009-10 on account of growing output.
"Increased output is also anticipated in China, Pakistan and Turkey, as consumer demand continues to rise," FAO said.
FAO expects global per capita milk consumption to rise by 1.6 per cent to 106.1 kg per year in 2012 from an estimated 104.5 kg per year in 2011.
On global milk trade, demand for dairy products is pegged to grow by 4 per cent to 52.7 mt in 2012 from 50.7 mt in 2011, FAO said.
Asia will continue to be the main market, with additional demand expected to come from countries such as China, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea and Singapore, it added.