September 1, 2011
Milk firms offer technology aid to India
Leading dairy players worldwide have offered Tuesday (Sept 1) to help India boost its production, as the country's milk output drops 20 million tonnes short of the demand.
At a global dairy conference here, representatives from the US, Canada, New Zealand, France and Ireland narrated their success stories in dairy farming and offered to help India boost its milk output.
"India's milk production was 140 million tonnes in 2010, whereas the domestic demand was 160 million tonnes, hence the demand-supply gap was 20 million tonnes," said Sanjay Bhoosreddy, Joint Secretary in the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.
The country would require 180 million tonnes of milk by 2020 to meet its domestic demands, he added.
"The dairy sector needs to grow at 6% per annum to attain the target as against around 4% annually at present," Bhoosreddy said and stressed upon the need to step up research and development (R&D) in the sector.
"We need to map India with the priorities and issues in the areas where dairy development has not yet started," Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Sudip Bandopadhyaya said.
Cherie L Bayer, Director of Development American Jersey Cattle Association, said her country improved its milk output from 117 million billion pounds (about 58.5 billion kg) in 1944 to 186 billion pounds (around 93 billion kg) in 2007.
This was due to greater genetic capacity for production, better nutrition and improved cow health, she added.
New Zealand's Trade Commissioner in India Cliff Fuller offered partnership with India in the dairy sector.
Ireland's Ambassador to India Kenneth Thompson said that India will have to open its doors to foreign inputs on technology to meet the demands of a growing population.
JeevMantra CEO Michele Janezic, while sharing France's experience with dairying, said that milk productivity could be enhanced by paying attention to breeding policy, hygiene, fodder and genetic selection.
She said her organisation in partnership Danone Ecosystem Trust would be conducting a survey to devise a model farm approach to help Indian farmers in increasing dairy output.
Canadian High Commissions Counsellor (Agriculture and Food) Sudha Kshatriya said that her country is already exporting bovine embryos to India and they want to extend this cooperation further.