Govt should develop dairy map of India: Dr Sharma

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Feb 2019 09:27:30


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Dairy industry’s value chain starts from feed-fodder, cattle shed, milking process, collection centers, chilling plants, packaging plants and finally it goes to consumers

Dr Kuldeep Sharma, an expert in dairy farming and founder of Suruchi Consultants, Noida shared his views about over all scenario of dairy industry in our country. Sharma who was speaking at a technical session organised by Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) and Chirag Agri Ventrures Pvt Ltd at the Food Show India.  He pointed out three major problems of this eco-system which are finance, market linkage and constantly changing targets. He said, “Quality is one of most important aspects in dairy industry as it is a single raw product sector.”

He shared some facts and figures of dairy industry. In India, dairy work is never considered as full time occupation, nearly 7.5 crore women working in farm level dairy work having average 3 to 4 cattle with capacity approximately 4 litres day.  India’s daily production is around 48 crore litres a day in which is about 50 per cent milk is being consumed in household and remaining 50 per cent is handled by organised and unorganised segment.

Dairy industry’s value chain starts from feed-fodder, cattle shed, milking process, collection centers, chilling plants, packaging plants and finally it goes to consumers. “One important fact that there is no regulations over feed and fodder, cattle, medicines, water, etc., used in dairy farms which plays vital role in quality of milk,” he said.
He also stressed on challenges of bacterial load in milk. He said, farmers should be trained to understand the bacterial growth in their produced milk which also affects the value added products at end of dairy plant. Shelf life in European country is about 10 to 12 days where as in India it is not more than 3 days.

Another major issue, he focused was on adulteration in milk and milk products. He said, some adulterants are added in milk to improve shelf life such as sugar, baking soda, glucose, starch and urea; up to  specific limit these adulterants are not harmful.  At present, the big companies such as Amul & Mother Dairy are equipped with best testing and R&D facilities and they are maintaining quality standards up to the mark. He also suggested ways to sensitizing milk  production process.

He said dairy farmers should have separate milking area from common cattle shed. There should be proper facility store milk in controlled atmosphere and proper hygiene to be maintained during milking process. Such practices help to control the bacterial load in milk.

Government should work to develop dairy map of India on the lines of milk production from different cattle and consumption of milk in districts and State- wise with different FAT and SNF values. “Farm level training is required in our country to control various quality parameters of raw milk. Testing kits should be provides at farmers as well as consumers level to check presence of any adulterants. VIA should encourage such companies and startups to strengthen the culture of food safety.”  he added.

Atul Pande, President of VIA, Dr Suhas Buddhe, Secretary of VIA, Arun Khobragade, Chairman of VIA Agro Cell, Girdhari Mantri, Pankaj Bakshi, milk processors and milk producers of the region were present during the session.