India recorded peak production of milk at 132.43 million tonnes in 2012-13, becoming the top milk producer globally, a pre-budget Economic Survey revealed. Milk production in 2011-12 was 127.9 million tonnes, according to the National Dairy Development Board data. The BJP government’s first economic survey stated that India accounts for 17% of world production of milk. “The average year-on-year growth rate of milk at 4.04% vis-a-vis the world average of 2.2% shows sustained growth in availability of milk and milk products for the growing population,” the survey said. Milk has also become an important secondary source of income for 70 million rural households engaged in dairying, it highlighted.