May, 3 20011- New Delhi -Eyeing the huge growth opportunity in Indian dairy sector, especially with cooperation and technical assistance from developed countries like Holland, Media Today Group and Dutch Embassy in India organised a one-day Seminar cum workshop on Scope of Indo-Dutch Cooperation in Dairy Industry to augment production, processing, marketing and exports on 3rd May 2011 at NCUI Building, New Delhi.
The one-day seminar cum workshop was attended by over fifty people from government organisations, private companies, research institutions and the like.
Presenting the theme, Henk van Duijn, Counsellor for Agriculture & Food Quality in the Netherlands Embassy, expressed his country's interest in working with institutions like National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) to improve productivity of buffalo milk. “We want to be Indian”, he said, adding that Dutch companies in India are working on cheese production from buffalo milk, using available technology.
In his special address, NDRI Director Dr A K Srivastava pointed out the quantum jump in milk production achieved in India since 1964-65, almost coinciding with the Green Revolution.
The production during this period jumped from 17 million tonnes to 112 million tonnes, making India the world's largest milk producer. “The current growth rate of the Indian dairy sector is nearly 4 per cent, which is almost four times the growth rate of the world dairy industry.” The need of the hour in India, he said, was to enhance the milk processing system and value addition, which is less than 10 per cent now.
The biggest challenge now for Indian dairy industry, he said, was to improve the supply chain, which was now weak. Another problem was that almost 80 per cent of the milk was being produced in the unorganised sector.
S Jafar Naqvi, Chief Coordinator, Dairy Tech India 2011, in his address of welcome, thanked the Dutch Counsellor for the help his country has extended to promote dairy as well as horticulture production in India. He also appreciated the efforts of APEDA in augmenting export of various horticulture products.
S S Nayyar, DGM, APEDA complimented the organisers for its timely initiative of holding the Seminar.
The seminar is a prelude to upcoming Dairy Tech India 2011 Expo to be held from 9 11 September 2011 at Palace Ground, Bangalore. The three-day International Exhibition on dairy products and technologies is being visualized as the gateway to the largest dairy market that is India.
The inaugural session was followed by two technical sessions. In the first session, chaired by Henk van Duijn, and Frank van Amelsvoort, MD Asia for FrieslandCampina, the Netherlands, was the main speaker. He elaborated on the activities of his company in this region.
This was followed by a panel discussion. Participants in the discussion were Dr. Krishan Bir Chaudhary, president of Bharatiya Krishak Samaj and Vijay Juneja, MD of Dairy Craft India Pvt Ltd.
Dr. Krishan Bir Chaudhary expressed his concern about the Genetic Improvement in Cows and Buffalos suitable for Indian climate. He raised the issue of Weak Immunity, Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Sterility problems in HF cross-breed cows in India. availability of good quality fodder that plays the important role in improving cattle immunity.
Juneja noted that dairy farmers should test various available technologies for the best output.
Dr A K Srivastava was the chairman of the second technical session in which the speakers were Jan Veeneman, Director International Projects, CRV Holding BV, the Netherlands and Paresh Chaudhary, Director, Global Dairy Health Ltd.
Veeneman said his company is looking for an agent in India to sell high quality semen to produce cattle free from various diseases.
Dr. Chaudhary said it was “extremely important” for the private companies to get involved in the development of dairy sector.
Both the technical sessions were followed by thought provoking question-answer sessions.
In his closing remarks, Henk van, confirming Holland's participation in the upcoming DairyTech India Expo, invited all the participants and other dairy sector professionals to attend the Expo and join the seminar there to explore more possibilities for Indo-Dutch cooperation.