Stirring Indian milk with Australian technology for production of value-added items. This was the key theme discussed between Indian dairy players and an Australian dairy team at a joint meeting here today.

The Australian team, led by Michael-Carter, Trade Commissioner, expressed interest in exploring India-Australian tie ups in the areas of animal husbandry, dairy development and livestock research.

It was observed at the meeting that while the Indian dairy sector is witnessing phenomenal growth in terms of milk production, it is facing challenges in the form of export growth and development of value- added products.

On the other hand, Australia has lesser production of milk, but significant expertise in the areas of processing and livestock development.

“Australia is currently the third largest exporter of dairy products in the world and our strength in accessing export markets can be leveraged by India companies through tie-ups with Australian dairy firms and co-operatives,” Carter said.

M.V. Reddy, Andhra Pradesh Director of Animal Husbandry, pointed out that the Indian dairy sector could explore imbibing Australian technology to increase average milk production and fodder management.

In a follow-up to the meeting, another Australian dairy delegation will visit Hyderabad in March during the second edition of the Dairy Show and meet with dairy entrepreneurs and farmers from Andhra Pradesh and other parts of the country.

Andhra Pradesh produces 11.6 million litres of milk, but only about 13 per cent was being procured by the organised sector, leaving farmers with surplus production. Also, the procurement price here is the lowest compared with other milk producing centres at Rs 17 a litre, compared with Rs 19.50 in Maharashtra and Rs 22 in Gujarat.

amitmitra@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on December 4, 2012)
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