The 2021 China Dairy Top 20 (D20) Summit was held in Hefei, Anhui Province on July 18, 2021. Vice Minister Ma Youxiang attended the summit and delivered the keynote speech.
Taking “Focusing on Domestic Circulation, Promoting Dual Circulation, and Advancing High-quality Development of the Dairy Industry” as the theme, the summit focused on the innovation and development and upgrading of the dairy industrial chain. The 2021 Quality Report on the China Dairy Industry and the D20 standards for raw milk were released at the summit.
The summit emphasized that, with the overriding goal of securing supply and safety and promoting dual circulation, supply-side structural reform is vital for lifting Chinese dairy industry to a new height during the 14th Five-year Plan period. The D20 summit called for measures to be taken as below:
● strengthening the development of a high-quality milk supply base by genetic improvement of dairy cows and supply of high-quality fodder and hay;
● enhancing comprehensive and broad supervision along the entire chain to further improve the quality and safety of dairy products;
● supporting companies to increase the proportion of milk supplied from their own bases, and encouraging dairy farming-related recreation and sightseeing and other value-added services; and
●further optimizing dairy supply structure by accelerating the development of cheese and other dried dairy products adapted to the taste of Chinese consumers, and improving compatibility between the supply and demand of dairy products, and intensifying international cooperation and exchanges in diary industry.
In 2020, China’s dairy industry production was 35.3 million tons, up 7.0% year on year. The milk production registered 34.4 million tons with a 7.5% year-on-year increase. All large-scale dairy farms have automated milking system in place and account for 67% of dairy farms.