6th DairyTech India 2016 from 26-28 August 2016 in Bangalore, India.
From practice to lucrative business
An estimated eight crore rural families across India are engaged in dairy production and the rural market consumes over half of the total milk produce. About 75% of milk is consumed at the household level which is not a part of commercial dairying. Loose milk has a larger market in India as it is perceived to be fresh by most consumers. Hence commercialization of dairy farming as a business activity is the need of the hour. Most of the farmers keep 2-3 dairy animals and sell milk locally. Thus, dairying business goes virtually unnoticed and is seen as a subsidiary farming activity.
Owing to conventional dietary habits of Indian households, about 60 percent of milk produced is consumed in the liquid form and the remaining is consumed in the form of butter, clarified butter (desi ghee), cheese, curd, paneer, ice cream, dairy whiteners and traditional sweets. There is enormous scope for the industry in the field of value-added products including desserts, beverages, yoghurt and so on. It is expected that the demand for processed and packaged dairy produce will witness a phenomenal growth in urban centres due to growing population with higher disposable income and greater health consciousness.
Emergence of Commercial Dairy Farming
One emerging trend in Indian dairying is the growing number of the commercial dairy farms in the urban and peri-urban areas of the metros and big cities. These dairies mainly cater to the needs of the urban consumers. Their average herd size ranges from having 10 to 20 milch animals (small size dairy farms), 21 to 50 milch animals ( medium size dairy farms) to more than 50 milch animals (large size dairy farms). Realizing the growing importance of commercialisation, the livestock sector needs to meet the challenges of globalization, in terms of organized production and marketing.
Many States’ Dairy Development Departments, cooperatives like Amul and private sector dairy players are giving an impetus to setting up Hi-tech commercial dairy farms leading to clean milk production.
Since agriculture and dairy sector share a relationship because of the mutually linked inputs and outputs, it is important to promote the two in tandem to move towards holistic growth. It is important to introduce efficient feeding methods and feeds, encourage commercialization and mechanization of dairy farms, develop networks to promote processed food and beverages based on milk, have well managed cold chain facilities to minimize wastage and organize the sector.
In order to promote these and ensure the all-round development of the Indian dairy industry, we invite dairy companies, investors, packaging and processing machinery manufacturers, cold-chain developers, feeds suppliers, livestock healthcare companies to join us at 6th DairyTech India 2016 from 26-28 August 2016 in Bangalore, India. The event will have its co-located shows, 8th AgriTech India and India Foodex as well as 5th International Poultry & Livestock Expo and 3rd MeatTech Asia. This is the best place to become part of the emerging Indian Dairy Industry and promote its further commercialization.
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