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Israel to help India set up centre of excellence for dairy

Apr 16, 2015

and today entered into an agreement to set up a centre of excellence to boost the dairy sector in Haryan at an investment of Rs 15 crore.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on this was signed today between the Government and Israel's international development agency MASHAV.

This centre of excellence is aimed at training Haryana farmers about Israel's technology on raising the productivity of dairy sector in India, the world's largest milk producer.

The MoU is part of the joint agreement on agriculture co-operation signed between the two countries.

Already, 9 such centre of excellence are operational in India and 19 others are being set up to promote fruits and vegetables. This is the first time Israel is partnering with India in dairy sector.

"Haryana is aiming to enhance its per capita availability of milk with the help of Israeli techniques. I hope with this collaboration Haryana would emerge as the top milk producing state in the country..," State Agriculture Minister O P Dhankar told reporters after signing of the agreement here.

Haryana is currently at third position in milk production in the country after Gujarat and Punjab.

A feasibility study for the proposed centre has already been conducted by Israeli experts. It would be established in the already existing State Cattle Breeding Project at Hisar.

"Field of agriculture is one of the main fields of cooperation between India and Israel..In Haryana we have our flagship centre of excellence in horticulture and we hope same will be the case in dairy sector..," Israel's Deputy Chief of Mission Yahel Vilan said.

The major objective of the proposed centre would be to establish a model dairy farm with Israel's cost-effective and innovative dairy technologies accustomed to local conditions for achieving an intensive dairy production system of global standards.

"Being a model demonstration unit for the farmers in the country, the centre would help to motivate livestock owners and entrepreneurs to adopt newer, economically beneficial technologies," Dhankar added.

The centre would be 100 per cent sponsored by the Indian government, through Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY). It will have customised modern dairy sheds for 110 cows with a potential of expending it to 300 cows, calves barnes, feed centre, milking parlour, mini dairy plant and waste water treatment plant.

According to the agreement, the centre would import frozen semen and also directly transferable sexed frozen embryos from Israel.

It would also have a mini dairy plant for on-site production of value added products to enhance economic returns, which would be an integral part of the project.

Source: Business Standard

Russia may be open to import of dairy products from India soon

Dec 26, 2014

Faced with a large shortage of dairy items after the European Union's decision not to export to it, is expected to open the doors to Indian imports. A team of Russia’s phytosanitary watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, had visited India between October 27 and November 8 and inspected dairy plants (including those making cheese) interested in exporting their products to Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

The delegation inspected facilities that supply corresponding raw materials and other organisations involved in the production and control of the corresponding regulated goods produced at the inspected plants. According to trade sources, the team showed satisfaction over the manufacturing practices adopted by Indian dairy plants.

“We are still awaiting reports from the Russian authority (Rosselkhoznadzor) for the inspection carried out on Indian plants in November. They were very positive towards India,” said Santosh Sarangi, chairman of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda).

Indian producers indirectly export milk products to Russia through various European countries. That route is closing now as EU nations are now not exporting to Russia due to sanctions imposed by the Western world.

Trade sources say Sergey Dankvert, head of Rosselkhoznadzor, and Chairman Sarangi have agreed to complete the Russian requirements to adhere to quarantine and other certification issues in two months ending December.

Russia’s annual dairy product import requirements are estimated at above 5,000 million tonnes. The country used to purchase around half of its dry milk and cheese requirements from the constituents of former Soviet Republic and Finland. Russia has imposed a one-year ban targeting all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Norway and Australia, in retaliation at western economic sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.

Data compiled by the European Commission show European Union dairy exports to Russia were worth 2.3 billion euros ($3 billion) in 2013. Cheese accounted for almost half.

“This offers a huge opportunity for Indian dairy exporters. If opened, India can get a huge benefit of the supply shortage faced by Russia,” said Ajay Sahai, Director General of the Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO).

Meanwhile, the EU has offered huge incentives to compensate the losses suffered due to the ban on dairy imports from Russia.

The European Commission has announced that it will open private storage aid for butter, powder (SMP) and certain types of cheese in order to alleviate the impact of Russian restrictions on imports of EU and to limit the negative effects on the internal market.

India now has indisputably the world's biggest dairy industry — at least in terms of milk production; last year India produced close to 100 million tonnes of milk, 15 per cent more than the US and three times as much as the much-heralded new growth champion, China.

The dairy sector in India has shown remarkable development in the past decade. India's export of dairy products stood at 159,228.52 tonnes to the world for Rs 3,318.53 crore during the year 2013-14. India’s major dairy product export destinations  include Bangladesh, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Yemen and Pakistan.

Source: Business Standard

Milk powder to drive dairy exports to record this fiscal

Mar 14, 2014

Dairy exports during the current financial year are set to touch a new high, with shipments of skimmed milk powder (SMP) doubling over last year.

A drought in New Zealand early last year had fuelled demand for Indian SMP, mainly from the developing markets.
Rising rupee

Till February-end this fiscal, SMP shipments stood at 1.22 lakh tonnes, nearly twice the 63,762 tonnes exported during the same time a year ago, official sources said.

However, shipments have now slowed down, with Indian SMP turning unviable in the export market due to the recent decline in global prices and the rupee appreciating against the dollar.
The Amul story

“The domestic market is better now, as prices have moved up. We are getting a price of ?280-290 a kg in the local market, against export realisations of about ?260 a kg,” said RS Sodhi, Managing Director of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which owns the Amul brand.

GCMMF has seen a five-fold rise in its SMP shipments in the current financial year, with exports of 20,000 tonnes in the current financial year, the highest so far, Sodhi said.

In the last financial year, Amul shipped out about 4,000 tonnes, after the Government opened up SMP exports in June 2012.

GCMMF, which initially targeted an export turnover of ?350 crore for the current year, expects to close this fiscal with revenue of ?500 crore from overseas, Sodhi added.
Improved prices

RS Khanna, an expert in the sector, feels the value of Indian dairy exports for the current financial year could touch ?5,000 crore. This has been driven by a strong growth in shipments of SMP and improved prices.

Besides, demand from traditional markets, such as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Indian shipments also got a boost from the product contamination scare faced by Fonterra, the world’s largest exporter.

According to APEDA, exports of dairy products during April-December stood at ?2,618.72 crore, up 162 per cent over ?996.86 crore a year ago.

“The party is over for the Indian SMP exports. The surplus stocks that were built up in the past couple of years have been exhausted and the domestic prices are attractive,” said Sandeep Agarwal, Director at SMC Foods, which exported about 1,000 tonnes in the current year.


Egg powder from India to enter Russian market soon as demand increases

Mar 12, 2014

Russia would commence the import of egg powder from India about a month from now (or perhaps sooner), owing to the increase in the demand for it. Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s agricultural watchdog, confirmed the development.

India, the world’s third largest producer of eggs, currently exports table eggs, egg white powder and egg yolk powder to about 30 countries, and had been in talks with the government of Russia to facilitate their export.

However, Russia’s strict animal health norms became a stumbling block for the export of egg powder (which is used by Russian food manufacturers as an ingredient in confectionery, semi-finished meat products and mayonnaise) by India.

Indian products cheaper
Indian egg powder is comparatively cheaper than the product made in Russia - where the rising costs of poultry feed are having an adverse impact on its economy - or imported from countries like Argentina.

The Russian media has, in fact, criticised the decision to open the market to Indian imports, stating that the local makers wouldn’t be able to compete with Indian prices and could be wiped out. Nevertheless, Rosselkhoznador has decided to go ahead with it.

Indian poultry body confident
A K Sharma, a Poultry Federation of India member, stated that India could export high-quality egg powder to Russia, but to do so consistently, they would have to maintain the price line.

“We are confident about exporting our products to any country in the world, as they are of a high quality. We would not only fetch the best price, but also be able to contribute significantly to the growth of the Indian economy,” he added.


On March 13, New Delhi to host seminar on enhancing dairy productivity

Mar 04, 2014

 The National Seminar on Enhancing Productivity and Food Safety of the Dairy Sector is slated to take place at New Delhi’s India International Centre on March 13, 2014. It would be organised by the National Productivity Council (NPC).

The objectives of the one-day seminar are as follows:

    Evaluating productivity and food safety issues confronting the industry to make its products internationally acceptable, and developing sustainable response strategies;
    Reflecting upon the immediate concerns and the imminent challenges faced by the dairy processing sector;
    Enabling the Indian dairy processing industry to set its productivity norms quality agenda and internalise them to promote safety and quality, and
    Generating policy inputs for the government to formulate proactive strategies to enhance competitiveness of the sector
    The deliberations at the seminar would cover the following topics:
    Role of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in ensuring food safety and quality of Indian food products;
    Technological bottlenecks to maintain the quality to ensure food safety;
    Issues impeding the implementation of quality standards in dairy processing sector;
    Consequences of stringent food safety and quality standards for international trade;
    Understanding traceability and its implementation in Indian conditions;
    Role of regulatory and accreditation bodies in building consumer confidence in Indian dairy products in the international market;
    Issues and challenges for export of Indian dairy products;
    Strategies to become globally competitive, and
    International regulatory requirements and challenges for the Indian dairy processing sector

The following people would participate in it: Senior level functionaries of Central/state animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries department, the Ministries of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries; the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB); the National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India; the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI); dairy plants, milk unions and state dairy federations; the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA); the Quality Council of India (QCI); the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI); the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD); the Export Promotion Council; quality standards certification agencies; the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutions; state agricultural universities; dairy science colleges; equipment and machinery manufacturers; testing laboratory financial institutions; cattle feed manufacturers and dairy farmers’ associations.


Dairy sector likely to witness positive growth in FY15: Ind-Ra

Feb 20, 2014

The dairy sector is likely witness positive growth next fiscal, increase in market size and milk production and strong rise in exports, according to India Ratings & Research (Ind-Ra).

Ind-Ra assigned a positive outlook to the dairy sector for FY'15.

There is likely to be reasonable growth in the sector's market size and milk production and strong growth in dairy products exports, Ind-Ra said in a report here.

India's milk sector is regarded as one of the world's fastest growing market and the agency expects it to expand by 16.3 per cent in FY'15.

The positive outlook also stems from increasing the government's initiatives on improving rural income.

The agency also assigned a stable outlook to the dairy cooperatives (DCs) for FY'15 due to their stable financial performance although with some liquidity issues.

On the back of likely favourable monsoons and strengthening farmer base of the cooperative model, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) expects 5.47 per cent year-on- year growth in milk production in FY'15.

Export opportunities, it said, have opened up as milk production is higher than domestic demand.

Milk surplus and low production cost coupled with rupee depreciation augur well for exports.


Dairy product enrichment discussed at agri summit

Feb 18, 2014

How about mixing your staple buffalo milk with milk from cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats and camels to get the right amount of nutrients? Experts at Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit being organized at Chappar Chiri pointed out the need for value addition to milk, eggs and meat.

For example, buffalo milk contains more calcium (58%), more protein (40%), and less cholesterol (43%) as compared to cow milk. There are higher mineral and vitamin content of goat and sheep milk than in cow milk; there is effectiveness of camel milk in diabetes management.

Vice-chancellor V K Taneja of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University, Ludhiana, tried to convince dairy farmers that certain compounds present in camel milk proteins have insulin-like effect and camel milk supplementation reduces insulin requirement in type-1 diabetic patients.

"Substantial research studies and advanced compositional identification of a large number of bioactive compounds in milk from these rare species for beneficial effects on human health are required to be studied scientifically," he said.

For proper processing of these high value dairy products, there is need for development of low cost and energy efficient indigenous machines - mozzarella cheese ball making, low cost indigenous machine development for small scale production of traditional dairy products like paneer, pinni and improved packaging of indigenous dairy products to improve shelf life and quality parameters.

Experts said that the state government takes steps for adopting an extension model in animal husbandry. This would include introduction of contract farming which involves providing services and inputs and collecting produce has demonstrated its strength and should be replicated in all parts of the state and country, group of villages should be adopted for transfer of knowledge, technologies, inputs and services for optimum exploitation of resources and helping in creation of self-help groups, especially women groups.

Source: timesofindia

Despite high procurement, milk prices set to rise

Sep 07, 2012

It’s a problem of plenty for companies in the milk and milk products segment. As export of skimmed milk powder is losing sheen, they now have excess supply. As a result, private milk powder exporters have cut capacity, and milk procurement for dairies is rising.

However, higher costs of fodder and animal feed are weighing heavy, and some dairy majors are considering a rise in milk prices.

While the Centre lifted the ban on exporting skimmed milk powder (SMP) in June, low prices in the global market are acting as a deterrent for exporters.

Price change of various animal feed products in comparison to milk
Ingredient Jul-11
Deoiled rice polish 600 1,050 75.0
Sarson cake 1,050 2,000 90.5
Deoiled mustard cake 825 1,800 118.2
Soybean 2,100 4,200 100.0
Milk procurement 
price (Rs/kg fat)
395 405 2.5

Experts say the industry has skimmed milk powder inventory of about 1,50,000 tonnes. Speaking to Business Standard, a senior official at MILKFED Punjab, the cooperative milk producers’ federation in Punjab, said, “International export prices are not conducive to exports. The prevailing rate is Rs 135-140 per kg($ 2.7 a kg). This is quite low, compared with the input cost of Rs 160-170 per kg. He added, “Yet, we are not able to export the material at a stretch.”

MILKFED processes about 9,00,000 litres of its popular brand Verka a day. In August, Verka’s price was raised by Re 1 a litre in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Several dairies such as Mother Dairy and Amul, have seen a 15-25 per cent rise in milk procurement, as private SMP companies are operating below their capacity levels to clear inventories. Also, an increase of about 20 per cent in fodder costs in the last few months, owing to a drought-like situation in various parts of the country, and the rising animal feed cost are exerting pressure on milk producers.

Mother Dairy, a prominent company in the National Capital Region (NCR), is reviewing the situation.

A Mother Dairy spokesperson said, “ In NCR, which accounts for a significant portion of our sales, we have not carried out a price increase for the last twelve months. We have been absorbing various cost pushes. We will review the situation and take a decision soon.” The company had last revised prices on September 11, 2011.

Experts said on an average, last year, milk federations and private companies increased milk prices by Rs 5-6 a litre. The increase in prices led to farmers undertaking dairy farming, making it a remunerative business. As a result, every milk federation is recording a rise of 15-25 per cent in procurement. However, farmers feel “they should be paid at least Rs 3-4 per litre more, owing to high fodder and feed costs,” said Progressive Dairy Farmers Association President Daljit Singh Sadarpura.

Amul, the largest company in the segment, is, however, in a comfortable position. “The domestic market is better than the export market (for us). We command brand premium. In the last one week, export prices have risen six to seven per cent ($3000 last week, compared with $3,200 now). However, it still has a long way to go. I am optimistic about exports in the coming months,” said R S Sodhi, managing director, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, which markets the Amul brand of products. Amul is considered India’s largest SMP exporter.

Sodhi said despite the rise in milk procurement, the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation didn’t plan to raise milk prices. It had last raised prices in April. He added the availability of fodder had improved, owing to good rains in Gujarat last week.

A senior official of the Karnataka Milk Federation agreed. “Last year, there was scarcity of milk, and SMP prices in February 2011 stood at Rs 200 a kg. Due to the paucity of milk, several federations like those in Bihar, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh bought SMP…Now, SMP prices have come down drastically compared to last year. We have about 10,000 tonnes of SMP in our inventory. We floated the tender for sale thrice, but could not get attractive price. So, we cancelled it. With a ban on export, inventories piled up and every player wished to generate cash revenue by selling SMP. Even private players have stopped accepting milk, which has resulted in an increase of 15-25 per cent in milk procurement by state cooperatives and federations.”

In Karnataka, milk cooperatives increased price by Rs 3 a litre across all categories in January. They don’t have any immediate plan to raise prices this year, said a senior official of the Karnataka Milk Federation.


Sangam Dairy plans ghee exports to Gulf

Aug 16, 2012

Sangam Dairy run by the milk producers’ cooperative in Guntur, has sought the Government’s permission to export its value-added products to the Gulf countries. The dairy, which registered a turnover of Rs 320 crore in 2011-12, said it is planning to come out with an ice cream product this year.

The co-operative has appointed a consultant to help it prepare a plan for this expansion in business, Dhulipalla Narendra Kumar, Chairman of the cooperative dairy, said.

Addressing reporters here on Wednesday, he said the co-operative had formed groups with some farmers and supplied them quality animals from Haryana. “These animals would give them additional yields. We will bear the cost and deduct from the monthly payments,” he said.

The dairy has 600 milk co-operative societies with a combined capacity of three lakh litres day.

On Monday, N. Chandrababu Naidu, former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party President, has launched ‘Sangam Extra Life’ in 200 ml Tetra Pak pouches. The dairy built a production capacity of 40,000 litres a day for this initiative.

Currently restricted to Guntur, Hyderabad and a few other districts, the dairy is hoping to expand its presence across the State. “With the new value-added products and expanded reach, we are targeting to achieve a turnover of Rs 600 crore in the next three years,” Narendra said.


Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister inaugurates Milk Plant at Duttnagar

Jul 31, 2012

Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister today inaugurated Rs. 8 crore Milk Powder Plant having capacity of 5 metric tonne at Duttnagar in Shimla district. This will benefit more than 50,000 milk producers of Shimla, Kullu and Mandi district and will play significant role to bring white revolution in Himachal Pradesh.

Reiterating his Government’s resolve for balanced and speedy development of all areas of the State, Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal said that Rampur area and adjoining areas were producing milk but were not getting remunerative prices so far. He said that keeping in view this, the present State Government had started work on this plant in the year 2009 and completed in a record time by taking up its construction work on war footing. He had a dig on those who become benefactor of people of the area but had not done anything for them. He said that during Congress regime procurement price of milk had been increased Rs. 2 only whereas the present State Government during last four years had increased upto Rs. 7 per litre.

Chief Minister said that Rs. 300 crore ambitious Doodh Ganga Scheme aimed at strengthening the economy of the milk producers in the State and added that for purchase of milch cattle and milk related activities subsidy upto 33 percent was being given to those interested in it.

Prof. Dhumal said that emphasis had also been given to strengthen the infrastructure in the State. He said that all villages were being connected by road. Referring to Rampur area, he said that Rs. 60.50 crore were being spent on construction of roads and bridges in the area. He said that out of 48 panchayats 44 had been provided facility of roads besides 109 villages out of 136. He said that remaining panchayats and villages in the areas would also be provided this facility soon.

Chief Minister said that to benefit the farmers of the State, Government had started various schemes like Rs. 353 crore Pandit Deen Dayal Kisan Baagwan Samridhi Yojna, Rs. 300 crore Doodha Ganga Scheme, Rs. 321 crore, Crop Diversification and Organic Farming Scheme, Rs. 85 crore Apple Replantation Scheme.

Prof. Dhumal said that Government had made sincere efforts to ensure better health care facilities at their door steps of the people and counted various schemes such as Atal Swashya Sewa Yojna, Matri Shakti Sewa Yojna, Mukhyamantri Vidyarthi Swasthya Yojna. He said that every ration card holder of the State were being provided ration on subsidized rates for which a provision of Rs. 130 crore had been made during this year.

Chief Minister announced starting of classes in ITI Kharahan and deployment of Naib Tehsildar or Tehsildar for one week in a month at Taklech so that people of the area do not face any difficulty in getting their revenue and administrative works done.

Prof. Dhumal was presented a bank draft of Rs. 31,000 towards Chief Minister Relief Fund by Shri Chander Shekhar Vaidya on behalf of offices and officials of Milk Federation.

Chief Minister also performed foundation stone laying ceremony of Rs. 3.26 crore Bagwani Lift Irrigation Scheme at Rattanpur Gaura.

Shri Narender Bragta, Horticulture Minister thanked the Chief Minister for safeguarding the interests of fruit growers and farmers in the State. He also thanked for installing Anti Hail Gun at Kharapattar.

Shri Sher Singh Chauhan, Chairman, Agriculture and Rural Development Bank and President, District Shimla BJP, Shri Mohan Joshi, Chairman, Milk Fed., Shri Brij Lal, Chairman, Kailash Federation, Shri Bhupender Tarel, President, BJP Mandal also spoke on the occasion.

Shri Raj Kumar, Pradhan, local Gram Panchyat proposed vote of thanks.

Shri Kishori Lal, MLA, Shri Gian Chandel, Chairman, APMC, Shri Sandeepani Bhardwaj, Member, National Kisan Morcha BJP Executive Committee, Smt. Veena Sharma, Member, BJP Executive Committee and other prominent persons were present on the occasion.


Now, peanut milk to tickle tastebuds

Jul 25, 2012

If soya milk does not suit your tastebuds, you may soon have an alternative to satiate your craving for milk.

Scientists at Junagadh Agricultural University (JAU) have developed peanut milk that may soon be available in the market. Although the commercially viable process for peanut milk has been developed, the consumers would have to wait a bit long.

"We have developed the process and technology has been transferred to a Junagadh-based entrepreneur to bring it out in the market,'' vice-chancellor, JAU, Dr N C Patel said.

According to an associate with education extension unit of the university professor Virendra Bhatt, peanut milk is expected to be with acceptable in the market as a chocolate and vanilla flavored beverage.

A jeweller-based in Junagadh Shailesh Patel is the entrepreneur who has decided to launch peanut milk, peanut paneer, peanut buttermilk, peanut ice-cream and peanut sweets in a phased manner.

"In the first phase, we will launch flavored peanut milk under Dugdhamrut brand. We are hopeful of entering the market within a month. The research and development work is on to ensure that it becomes popular among the people of the state. Since there is no cholesterol in peanut milk, it is bound to find acceptance among a large number of consumers," Patel said.

Another factor that goes in favor of peanut milk is that unlike soya milk, there is no bean odor in it. Patel claimed, "Many people do not like the flavor of soya milk, but peanut milk with its high protein constituent will be an option for them." He has recently sent samples of peanut milk for testing at Food Testing Laboratory at JAU.

Aiming to introduce the beverage in 200ml pouches in the market, he plans to get the health conscious consumers to take to his product as an option to the animal and soya milk.


Source: timesofindia

Mother Dairy's daily milk procurement increases by 12 pc

Feb 14, 2012

Capitalising on the flush season, Mother Dairy's daily procurement of milk has increased by around 12 per cent, which has helped the dairy major to pile up stock for the lean summer season. "Mother Dairy is collecting about 60 lakh litres of milk daily. Out of this 38 lakh litres is sold daily and the rest gets converted for the lean season," Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Managing Director Shiva Nagarajan said. Collection in 2011-12 fiscal compared to the last fiscal has increased by about 12 per cent, the MD said. "We have secured the upcoming summers requirement and will be able to meet the lean season demand without relying on import of SMP (Skimmed Milk Powder)," Nagarajan said. Due to flush in milk production, the procurement cost of milk has been lowered, he said. "But, farmers have not lost because despite the slash price is still higher by about 10-12 per cent compared to last financial year," Nagarajan added.     

No exotic cheese names for Amul if India accepts EU demand

Feb 10, 2012

Amul, the country’s best-known milk products maker, may have to soon erase several exotic words such as Gouda and Emmental from its cheese labels, if the European Union (EU) succeeds in its demands made to India as part of ongoing negotiations between the two sides on free trade agreement (FTA). The same will be the fate of Feta, Parmesan and Mascarpone, the popular brands sold by Kodai Dairy, a family-owned dairy in Kodaikanal, a well known hill station in down-country Tamil Nadu. All this will happen if India accepts an EU demand for high-level geographical indication (GI) protection for about 130 products that fall in the agriculture, wine and spirit categories. GI of goods in simple terms means that a particular name or a brand conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness essentially attributable to a specific locality, region or country.     

Mother Dairy's daily milk procurement increases by 12 pc

Feb 09, 2012

Capitalising on the flush season, Mother Dairy's daily procurement of milk has increased by around 12 per cent, which has helped the dairy major to pile up stock for the lean summer season. "Mother Dairy is collecting about 60 lakh litres of milk daily. Out of this 38 lakh litres is sold daily and the rest gets converted for the lean season," Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Managing Director Shiva Nagarajan said. Collection in 2011-12 fiscal compared to the last fiscal has increased by about 12 per cent, the MD said.     

Amul churns Rs 3,000-cr investment plans

Feb 07, 2012

The Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF) that owns the Amul brand plans to invest $600 million (Rs 3,000 crore) in doubling its processing capacity for milk and milk products over the next six years. The co-operative is also enhancing its retail presence to widen market reach by opening more distribution outlets, parlours and cafes, apart from strengthening backward linkages to enhance milk production. “We are setting up five new dairies in Saurashtra, two in Delhi and one in Mumbai, besides expanding the existing plants. This will double our processing capacity to 22 million litres per day,” said Mr R.S. Sodhi, Managing Director, GCMMF. Amul, which commands a 25 per cent market share in the pouch milk segment, has a processing capacity of 14 million litres per day.     

Better technology vital to increase milk output

Feb 02, 2012

The demand for milk in the country will surge to 150 million tonnes in the next five years due to rising population, the Indian Dairy Association has said. The Association, which will host a five-day conference here from Thursday, said that being the largest producer of milk in the world the country faces no shortages. They attributed the frequent rise in milk prices to inflation and higher prices being paid to farmers. President of the Indian Dairy Association N.R. Bhasin said India produced an estimated 116 million tonnes of milk in 2011 compared to 113 million tonnes in 2010.     

Amul to hot up frozen yogurt market

Jan 23, 2012

Dairy major Amul is now eyeing the growing frozen yogurt market in the country. The Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) that markets brand Amul has launched frozen yogurt - a first-of-its-kind product offering from Amul's basket. Frozen yogurt, a tangy combination of ice-cream with probiotic yogurt, is a globally established category. Amul's move comes at a time when a string of frozen yogurt chains are entering the country riding on the healthier, guilt-free dessert plank creating a space within the traditional ice-cream market.     

Gaur stresses on tighter vigil on milk and newer standards at AFSTI meet

Jan 23, 2012

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued advisories to food safety commissioners in the country on increasing vigil on milk adulteration cases in their respective states. This was also part of the agenda of the last CAC (central advisory committee) meeting of the body. Elaborating on the issue, V N Gaur, CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), pointed out that though milk adulteration had majorly to do with adulteration of milk with water, it could not be ignored. He was addressing a press conference held on Friday on the sidelines of the XXI Indian Convention of Food Scientists and Technologists organised by the Pune chapter of Association of Food Scientists and Technologists of India (AFSTI).     

Azerbaijan imports mainly dairy and meat products from Belarus

Jan 19, 2012

Organizations of the Belarus Agriculture and Food Ministry exported goods worth $2,281,7bn in January-November 2011.During this period, they realized the export to 46 countries of the world. Major countries importing agricultural and food products from Belarus are Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Moldova, the United States and China. Azerbaijan mainly imports dairy and meet products from Belarus.     

National Dairy Plan for milch ones

Jan 16, 2012

The Government will launch a National Dairy Plan (NDP) with an outlay of Rs 1,760 crore, Rs 1,584 crore International Development Association credit and Rs 176 core GOI share, in the 12th Plan (2012-17). NDP envisages increasing productivity of milch animals through provision of good quality semen, scientific feeding and other services. The programme has already been approved by the Planning Commission. NDP will be implemented in almost all districts and the quantum of funds will be allocated based on the current situation (high or low potential) of dairying in the district, says a Working Group headed by Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Science University, Ludhiana. The report will form basis of structuring of Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in the 12th Plan.     

Mandatory bacteria test for milk for sale from February

Jan 13, 2012

Come February, milk sold in India will have to be tested for harmful bacteria like E Coli. According to the new food safety rules that come into effect six months from August, 2011, the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made it mandatory for milk manufacturers to test it for organisms such as E Coli, staphaureus and listeria monocytogenes before bringing it into the market. FSSAI CEO V N Gaur said, "We have introduced for the first time microbiological standards for milk. It was decided on August 5. The regulation will come into force in February since we gave the manufacturers and the industry six months' timeframe to put in place processes to test for deadly micro-organisms like E Coli."     

White Revolution-II: NDDB to invest Rs 2,040 cr in first phase, import 400 bulls

Jan 09, 2012

Rolling out the ambitious Rs 17,300 crore National Dairy Plan (NDP), that will run for the next 15 years, the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) is all set to launch the first phase, NDP-I, involving an investment of nearly Rs 2,000 crore in the next five years. The first phase of NDP (October 2011-September 2017) is expected to commence in full force in the next couple of months across 14 States of India, possibly heralding a new White Revolution in the next decade. NDP-I aims at a multi-State, multi-pronged, and long-term strategy to increase milk production. Around 400 bulls or equivalent embryos or semen doses of high-fertility pure and jersey pure breeds are being imported into India for nearly Rs 46 crore. Besides, NDDB will also strengthen the existing semen stations and set up new ones at a cost of Rs 237 crore, Dr Amrita Patel, Chairperson, told Business Line here.     

Philippines partners with international dairy institute to improve industry competitiveness

Jan 06, 2012

The Philippines has partnered with the Babcock Institute for International Dairy Research and Development (IDRD) to upgrade farmers’ global competitiveness even as the country now produces Dutch-origin Gouda Cheese under a two-pronged livelihood creation and import substitution program. Filipino dairy farmers linked with the Dairy Confederation of the Philippines have started collaborating for a training program with the IDRD in the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison to be able to acquire any global best practices in dairying. The program, supported with financing by the United States Department of Agriculture and US dairy cooperative Land O’Lakes, sent in the second semester of 2011 eight dairy industry leaders to the IDRD.     

Koreans Rank 10th in the World in Egg Consumption

Dec 28, 2011

The average Korean consumed 283 eggs last year, the world's 10th largest amount, according to data from the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The number includes those used as ingredients or food making as well. In a survey of 1,020 people released on Wednesday by the Korean Egg Board, 33 percent of respondents ate one to three eggs a week, and 32 percent consumed four to six. According to the promotional organization, 65 percent of those surveyed consumed one to six eggs a week, followed by seven to nine (14 percent), 10 to 13 eggs (11 percent) and 14 or more (9 percent). Some 1 percent ate no eggs at all.     

India extends ban on milk imports from Chinese

Dec 27, 2011

India has extended ban on import of milk and its products from China for another six months, according to the foreign trade office. The ban was in effect till December 24. "Prohibition on import of milk and milk products (including chocolates and chocolate products and candies/ confectionery/ food preparations with milk or milk solids as an ingredient) from China is further extended till 24.6.2012 or until further orders, whichever is earlier," Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.     

KMF seeks Rs 5 hike in milk price

Dec 22, 2011

The decision has been taken at a KMF board meeting on December 17 and the federation is likely to place its request to the government on Tuesday. Despite being an autonomous body, the KMF usually sticks by the government’s decision on price hike. Speaking to reporters, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda has said he would take a decision keeping the interests of farmers and the consumers in mind once the KMF proposal reaches him. The hike, if accepted by the government, would increase the price of commonly used toned Nandini milk from Rs 21 to Rs 26.     

India remains world leader in milk production: NDDB

Dec 21, 2011

India continues to be the largest milk producing nation in the world in 2010-11, the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) said here on Tuesday. NDDB's Annual Report for 2010-11 said the country's estimated milk production for 2010-11 is 121 million tonnes (mt), close to 17 per cent of world milk production. During the year, dairy cooperatives collected 9.6 mt, a growth of around one per cent over last year. Liquid milk marketing by cooperatives increased by around 4 per cent over the previous year and was about 8.2 mt in 2010-11, according to an NDDB statement.     

Hopes wane for growth in Chinese milk imports

Dec 20, 2011

US officials have slashed expectations for purchases of whole milk powder by China, by far the biggest importer, warning that higher prices have made the product unaffordable for many buyers. China will this year import 350,000 tonnes of whole milk powder, used largely in making chocolates, ice cream and yoghurt, nearly 50,000 tonnes fewer than previously expected, US Department of Agriculture officials in Beijing said. For 2012, the import estimate was cut by 75,000 tonnes to 375,000 tonnes. The figures, while still enough to leave China as by far the top buyer of the product, ahead of Algeria, follow trade data showing imports tailing off in the second half of 2011, coming in in October at half the levels of the same month last year.     

Tirumala Milk to set up organic dairy farm

Dec 16, 2011

Plant to come up in Guntur with Rs 6,000 crore investment. Guntur-based Tirumala Milk Products Private Limited is set to establish a 20,000-milching animal farm to produce premium organic milk and milk products with an investment of up to Rs 6,000 crore in the next five years. Tirumala is now a Rs 1,100-crore dairy company from a Rs 25-lakh chilling centre operator 12 years ago. Private equity player The Carlyle Group, which had invested over Rs 100 crore in the company a couple of years ago, is advising the management on its proposed expansion plans, including fund raising options and a likely public issue at a later date.     

Cooperatives doing wonderful on dairy front:Pawar

Dec 14, 2011

In a written reply to Parliament on Tuesday Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said that country has achieved significant success in milk production and cooperatives have played an important role in this. The compound annual growth rate of milk production in India is higher than the average annual growth of human population during past one decade; Parliament was informed by the Minister. The country is estimated to produce 116.20 million tones of milk during the year 2010-11, he said. India is the world’s largest producer as well consumer of milk.     

India to produce 121.7 mt milk in 2011, says FAO

Dec 01, 2011

India’s milk production is expected to rise by 4% to 121.7 million tonne in 2011 on the back of rising domestic consumption, United Nation’s body Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report. The country produced about 116 million tonne of milk in 2010, FAO data said. Rising domestic demand for milk and dairy products is stimulating growth in the country as India is largely absent from the international market for dairy products, the FAO report said.     

India's milk production pegged at 121.7 mn tonnes in 2011: FAO

Nov 28, 2011

India's milk production is expected to rise by 4 percent to 121.7 million tonnes in 2011 on the back of rising domestic consumption, United Nation's body Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report. The country produced about 116 million tonnes of milk in 2010, FAO data said. Rising domestic demand for milk and dairy products is stimulating growth in the country as India is largely absent from the international market for dairy products, the FAO report said.     

Argentina to lead 2012 rise in world dairy output

Nov 25, 2011

Argentina is to lead dairy exporters on another round of rising world milk production next year, boosted by good weather and high profitability, adding to the competition for import orders – notably from China. The South American country's dairy sector is next year to continue its recovery from the 2009-10 drought, when 30% of calves died, with farmers attracted by profitability better than that obtained by many arable growers. "Current returns on soybeans are significantly lower compared to dairy," US Department of Agriculture staff in Buenos Aires said.     

'Wholesale milk price up 34% in 3 yrs'

Nov 23, 2011

The wholesale price of milk has increased 34 per cent in the last three years because of spike in cost of production, Parliament was told today. The wholesale price index (WPI) (base year 2004-05=100) of milk has increased from 146.9 on November 7, 2009 to 196.9 on November 5, 2011, Minister of State for Agriculture Charan Das Mahant said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. The hike is mainly due to increase in cost of production, he added.     

Iffco to set up integrated dairy firm in Andhra Pradesh

Nov 22, 2011

Iffco will kick-start dairy by end of this financial year. With rapid increase in domestic demand for milk and milk-based products, the dairy industry in India is likely to reach about Rs 5,00,000 crore in four years. “We are awaiting a few clearances. We expect them to come shortly and start our business by end of this (financial) year. Then it would be stabilised over the next financial year,” Rakesh Kapur, joint managing director at Iffco told Financial Chronicle on Monday.     

Dairy industry to reach Rs 5 lakh crore by 2015: Assocham

Nov 21, 2011

Industry body Assocham today said the domestic dairy industry is likely to reach an annual turnover of around Rs 5 lakh crore by 2015, on the back of increased demand for milk and milk based products. "Milk production is likely to reach 190 million tonnes by 2015 from current level of about 123 million tonnes," the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) said in its report' Indian Dairy Industry: The Way Ahead'. The report noted that about 60% of milk produced is consumed in the liquid form, while the rest is in the form of butter, clarified butter (desi ghee), cheese, curd, paneer, ice cream, dairy whiteners and traditional sweets.     

National dairy plan to be launched within 6 months

Nov 16, 2011

The Rs 1,584-crore World Bank-funded National Dairy Plan aimed at empowering the dairy farmers is likely to be launched within next six months, a Planning Commission official said today. “The National Dairy Plan will be launched by the National Dairy Development Board. It will try to empower the farmers through producer companies and various co-operatives. May be within six months or so, it will take a shape,” the Planning Commission Advisor (Agriculture), Mr V.V. Sadamate, told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.     

National dairy plan to be launched within 6 months

Nov 14, 2011

The Rs 1,584-crore World Bank-funded National Dairy Plan aimed at empowering the dairy farmers is likely to be launched within next six months, a Planning Commission official said today. “The National Dairy Plan will be launched by the National Dairy Development Board. It will try to empower the farmers through producer companies and various co-operatives. May be within six months or so, it will take a shape,” the Planning Commission Advisor (Agriculture), Mr V.V. Sadamate, told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.     

Govt may allow more duty-free import of skimmed milk powder, fat

Nov 11, 2011

The Government is considering allowing further duty free import of skimmed milk powder (SMP) and fat (butter oil) under the tariff rate quota (TRQ) regime. This is even as when the domestic dairies are seeking preference over imports in supply of SMP. On Friday, the Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying is convening a meeting with representatives of private dairies, including Parag Milk Foods, Dynamix Dairy Industries, Sterling Agro Industries, VRS Foods and Bhole Baba Dairy Industries, and Mother Dairy to gauge the overall milk availability and SMF/fat stock position ahead of the winter season, which is the peak period for procurement. Last week, the Department held a similar exercise with the cooperative dairies.     

Milk production has slowed down in last two years, says Pranab

Nov 08, 2011

India is the largest producer of liquid milk, but there is a demand-supply mismatch as production has slowed down in the last two years, the Union Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, has said. Inaugurating the Mumbai office of Dwarka Milk, a private sector milk procuring and processing company on Monday, Mr Mukherjee said that over the last decade, global milk production has gone up by 2.1 per cent to about 710 million tonnes in 2010. The year-on-year increase has been in the range of 0.9 per cent to 2.9 per cent. However, there has been a decrease in the growth rate since 2006.     

Milk output may rise 6-7%

Nov 04, 2011

A good monsoon, stable cattle-feed cost and better price to farmers are expected to increase domestic milk production by six-seven per cent and ensure stable prices to consumers. The production growth rate will be higher than three-four per cent increase achieved in recent years. R S Sodhi, managing director, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, which sells milk and milk products under the Amul brand across most domestic markets, said, “A series of price increase has been taken up. However, the uptrend seen in the past one year will not continue and prices will be stable now, on better availability.” Leading milk retailers like Amul and Mother Dairy have taken a series of price increases in the current calendar year. Over a year, the retail milk price has increased by nearly 20 per cent. In September, Mother Dairy raised the price of full cream milk by Rs 2 to Rs 37 per litre and the price of double-toned milk from Rs 24 to Rs 25 per litre.     

Milkfed Punjab to tap new export markets for desi ghee

Nov 01, 2011

The Punjab State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation Ltd, popularly known as Milkfed Punjab, is looking at increasing the quantum of export of desi ghee (clarified butter) so as to rake in additional moolah. The state milk cooperative will now be tapping new markets besides increasing its total exports to the areas it is servicing now. This year, the state run milk cooperative is looking at tapping the markets of The Philippines and Australia — two countries that have a sizeable Punjabi population.     

World dairy product prices dip for eighth straight sale, falling 1.6pc

Oct 05, 2011

Average prices of dairy products fell for an eighth straight sale at Fonterra's latest online auction, tracking global commodities lower as Europe's debt woes stoked concern the world economy is stumbling. The GDT-TWI Price Index fell 1.6 per cent, according to results posted on the globalDairyTrade auction website. The average winning price fell to US$3,449 a metric tonne, the lowest since August last year, when prices reached US$3,080 a tonne.     

Milk, meat prices to continue to rise

Sep 27, 2011

Prices for milk and meat will continue to go higher, following increased worldwide demand since 2009, a national farmers' group said today. "Global demand for meat and dairy products remains strong and continues to influence retail prices here in the U.S.," said American Farm Bureau Federation economist John Anderson. "Many nations around the world rely on America to provide the food they need to improve their standard of living, particularly through the addition of protein to the diet. Strengthened demand for meats began in 2009, continued through 2010 and remains important as we look ahead to the close of 2011.     

GCMMF to augment milk supply in Mah by 6-lakh ltr from next-yr

Sep 16, 2011

Ahmedabad, Sep 15 (PTI) Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which markets its dairy products under the brand 'Amul', today said it is likely to augment milk supply in Maharasthra by six lakh litres from next year with the setting up of a plant by its affiliate Kaira Cooperative.An affiliate of GCMMF, Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers Union, is in the process of setting up a greenfield dairy at Virar in Mumbai, having initial milk processing capacity of close to six lakh litres per day."The plant in Virar being set up by Kaira will have milk processing capacity of six lakh litres expandable to over eight lakh litres, and it shall augment our milk supply in Maharasthra," GCMMF Managing Director R S Sodhi told PTI.     

China's milk powder imports jump

Sep 16, 2011

China's milk powder imports are soaring, with imports in the first half of this year already exceeding the total amount of milk powder imported in 2009, an official with the China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce said Sept 15. China has imported larger quantities of milk powder since 2008, when hundreds of children were sickened after drinking tainted milk produced the Sanlu Group, a domestic dairy company. Imports of milk powder more than doubled to reach 310,000 metric tons in 2009, while imports in 2010 rose 55 percent year-on-year to hit 480,000 metric tons, the official said.     

IDFA’s International Dairy Show to highlight innovative dairy ingredients

Sep 13, 2011

From the latest in lower-calorie flavoured milk to reduced-sodium cheeses and frozen novelties, the Dairy and Beverage Bar at the 2011 International Dairy Show will showcase new and reformulated “good for you” products. The International Dairy Show, presented by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), will take place from September 19-21, at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, USA. “To meet the demands of health-conscious consumers, dairy companies have reduced sodium in cheeses, reformulated flavoured milk, expanded selections in the rapidly growing Greek yogurt market and developed other innovations,” said Cary Frye, vice-president for regulatory and scientific affairs, IDFA. “Dairy companies will have the opportunity to showcase the latest in healthier dairy products for attendees to sample at the Dairy Show.”     

Global milk producers offer technology support to India

Sep 01, 2011

As India's milk production falls 20 million tonnes short of the demand, leading global dairy players on Tuesday offered to help the country increase its output. At a global dairy conference here, representatives from 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.     

Agriculture ministry: milk prices in Armenia climb 50% in recent months

Sep 01, 2011

In recent months, milk price in Armenia leapt 50% from 100 drams per one liter to 150 to 180 drams, depending on quality, Gagik Khachatryan, director of the bureau for implementation of the Armenian agriculture ministry’s programs, said Wednesday at a news conference. He refrained from pointing out this price hike reason and limited himself to mentioning just that very often price rise is due to costs of forage. “There are also many faults in this area, particularly in production and sale of dairy products,” he said. “Milk purity, quality and marking leave much to be desired. These faults need to be removed.”     

Minister stresses on need to map India with dairy priorities and issues

Sep 01, 2011

There was a need to map India with the priorities and issues in the areas where dairy development had not yet started, according to Sudip Bandopadhyaya, union minister of state for health & family welfare. He was speaking at the International Conference on Dairy – Raising Productivity: Sharing International Experiences, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Tuesday. Bandopadhyaya urged the Indian industry to come forward in a big way so that development could be commenced at a faster rate. He suggested, “We should take help of the expertise of international players in order to start the real growth in this sector.”     

Milk consumption to hit 350 billion litres by 2020

Aug 12, 2011

An emerging middle class, mainly in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, is set to fuel demand for consumption of milk and other liquid dairy products (LDP) by 30% to 350 billion litres by 2020 from 270 billion litres last year. Demand for LDP would rise in every region of the world during the decade, with the exception of Western Europe, which already had the world highest per capita consumption of milk, it was revealed in the Tetra Pak Dairy Index.     

Free Trade pact will grossly impact Indian dairy sector: Dairy players

Aug 09, 2011

The Indian dairy sector will be grossly impacted by the Union government's effort to include milk products within the domain of the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and New Zealand, feels a section of the Indian dairy industry. New Zealand, known as a dairy country, accounts for 95 per cent of milk exports and has a 35 per cent global market share in the space. The country's dominant dairy player Fonterra has been part of the FTA discussions with the Indian government and is now looking to offload much of its milk products to the country. It is against this background that the dairy industry is expressing concern over the government move.     

Indian Dairy: Biggest contributor to agri GDP; milk is largest agri. Commodity

Aug 05, 2011

The Indian dairy sector is the largest contributor to the agriculture Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In terms of output, milk is now the single largest agricultural commodity in India. Currently, around 46 per cent of the milk is consumed in the form of liquid milk, 47 per cent as traditional dairy products and 7per cent as Western dairy products. The value-added versions like ghee, butter, yogurt, paneer, cheese, along with a cornucopia of flavoured milks, ice creams, UHT processed milk and shredded and liquid cheese is making the sector an attractive for growth.     

Israel reduces barriers to cheese imports

Aug 04, 2011

Israel will reduce barriers to imports of hard cheese, its finance minister said on Wednesday, a first step to opening the dairy market after a boycott of cottage cheese over high prices sparked a wave of social unrest. "The opening of the dairy products market to imports will stimulate competition and lead to a reduction in prices for the end consumer," Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said in a statement after signing an order.     

ITC plans dairy forays with milk, skimmed milk powder, cheese, chocolate

Aug 02, 2011

ITC has now firmed up its plans to enter the dairy sector. At the 100th annual general body meeting of the company held at Kolkata recently, Y C Deveshwar, chairman, ITC, said that plans were afoot to enter into the dairy business. "With ITC in the umbrella of food business and with India as the largest milk producer in the world, there was every effort to capitalise on the opportunities generated from this sector. The company has set up the first project at Munger in Bihar where an animal husbandry programme has been launched, informed the ITC chairman. According to him, pasteurised milk, skimmed milk powder, cheese and chocolate were some of the items that were explored for research and development.     

Phl lifts ban on Japanese dairy, feed products

Jul 21, 2011

The Philippine government lifted the temporary ban it imposed against dairy and feed products imported from four prefectures affected by radiation in Japan. Agriculture officials said Wednesday they lifted the ban on imported dairy products and animal feeds from Japan after Tokyo's continuous monitoring indicated that products coming from the prefectures of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Gunma showed no signs of increase of radionuclides in their products.The Memorandum Order (MO) no. 14 issued by Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, however, laid down conditions before dairy products and animal feed products from the prefectures of Fukushima and Ibaraki would be allowed to enter the Philippines.     

DATCP: Suppliers invited to Asian feed buyers mission during World Dairy Expo

Jul 19, 2011

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) invites Midwest suppliers of feed and feed ingredients to participate in the 2011 Asian Feed Ingredients Buyers Mission during World Dairy Expo. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with multiple Asian buyers from Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan and China. Buyers are interested in a wide variety of products such as: anti-microbials, dairy and animal nutritional supplements, dried distillers grains, feed grains, hay, milk replacers, pre-mix feeds, probiotics, supplements, yeast and cultures, whey and other feed products. Meetings will be held at the Concourse Hotel in Madison from October 3 – 7, 2011. In addition to establishing new relationships and initiating new export sales, these meetings provide an excellent opportunity for companies to gain valuable feedback on their products in these countries.     

India and China to drive the global dairy boom

Jul 15, 2011

New research from Tetra Pak forecasts China and India to drive the global dairy boom. According to the study, a continuing population growth in India and the increasing popularity of milk and other liquid dairy products in China indicate that by the end of this decade, the two countries are expected to account for more than a third of the world's milk consumption. Tetra Pak president and CEO Dennis Jönsson said, “Economic growth in emerging markets has lifted many millions out of poverty. They have more money, are better educated and have new aspirations. It’s clear that meeting the world’s growing thirst for milk will be both a challenge and an opportunity for dairy producers.     

Dairy industry welcomes approval of amended EU food labelling regulation

Jul 11, 2011

The EU Parliament approval in second reading of a compromise proposal on food labelling has been welcomed by the European Dairy Association (EDA). “EDA remains strongly in favour of a simplification and harmonization of European labelling rules,” said Joop Kleibeuker, secretary general of the EDA. “We are therefore pleased with this approval of the European Parliament.” Kleibeuker had been critical of the legislative proposals as they stood in May having come from the ENVI committee of the EU Parliament.     

ITC Infotech keen to expand presence in F&B, dairy with software solutions

Jul 01, 2011

ITC Infotech is now gearing up to increase its presence in the food, beverage and dairy space with its range of software solutions for the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) practice. The company focusses on Trade Marketing and Distribution domain based on Oracle Siebel technology in the Consumer Goods vertical. One of the solutions encompasses the entire range of planning, execution and evaluation backed by a joint governance framework to address challenges around a global platform. It enables sales representatives to sell and perform a gamut of trade marketing activities aligned to the overall company plan.     

Chinese dairy standards under fire

Jun 29, 2011

The issue gained new momentum when Wang Dingmian, chairman of the Guangzhou Dairy Association, said at an industry meeting that the country's standards on fresh milk are the loosest in the world and a national "shame." Dingmian's comments, which have been quoted by official Chinese news agencies, pointed to China's new dairy standards, which took effect on June 1 this year. These standards set the maximum limit for bacteria in raw milk at 2 million cells per millilitre, four times higher than the amount allowed under previous regulations.     

Russia to expand food ban to include meat and dairy

Jun 23, 2011

Russia announced Wednesday it would bar the importation of some German meat and dairy products just as the European Union said it had struck a deal to allow the resumption of EU vegetable shipments, blocked since early this month. EU officials said they had an agreement with Moscow to allow the resumption of vegetable imports to Russia, possibly as early as Thursday. But Russian cast doubt on that assertion, saying key conditions still had to be fulfilled.     

UK - Meat labeling

Jun 22, 2011

The majority of meat and dairy products now feature information on where their ingredients came from or where they were produced, according to research announced by Food Minister Jim Paice. The survey looked at labels on over 500 meat and dairy products purchased from the major retailers and a number of independent shops. It is the first evaluation of country of origin labelling since the food industry put in place voluntary standards to provide clearer country of origin information to consumers last November. All butter in the survey was labelled with either the origin of the milk or the place where it was manufactured, or both, while 77 per cent of cheese showed the origin of the milk or the place it was manufactured.     

Milk product prices to increase at least 5%

Jun 22, 2011

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service, consumers can expect a five to six percent increase in dairy products such as milk, cheese, butter or ice cream over the course of 2011. The spike is expected to occur as a result of a growing demand in foreign markets, mainly Southeast Asia, for U.S. dairy products. “When demand in other countries is growing the demand is moving faster than the supply side of the supply and demand equation, driving up the price,” explained Michael Marsh, the chief executive officer of the Western United Dairyman in Modesto.     

India to challenge EU as top milk producer

Jun 20, 2011

China and India are to mushroom as forces in dairy over the next decade, accounting for more than one-third of world growth in output, and witnessing large growth in consumption too. India will by 2020 challenge the European Union for top rank among world dairy producers, with growth of nearly 3% a year over this decade taking its output to some 150m tonnes, the United Nations food agency and the OECD said in a joint report.     

Steinitz to permit parallel imports of dairy products : Israel

Jun 16, 2011

Sources inform "Globes" that, in the next few days, Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz will permit parallel imports of dairy products, in order to bring about a fall in prices of such products, which have soared recently. The minister is also expected to announce today that he will not approve the removal of products from price supervision in the coming months, and that if any such move does take place, it will only be after thorough investigation, and where there is certainty that it will lead to lower prices. A meeting on the matter is due to be held with Ministry of Agriculture representatives tomorrow.     

Drop in Dairy, Red Meat Imports - South Africa

May 27, 2011

South Africa is relying less on imports of dairy products and red meat, while maize stocks were up 33 percent, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Wednesdsay.Responding to a parliamentary question raised in the National Assembly on food security, Joemat-Pettersson said imports of milk and milk products had decreased by 3.4 percent, from 37 664 tons in 2008 to 36 389 tons during 2009.     

CIAA Hopes to Use Funds to Promote Imported Cheeses

May 26, 2011

Today, the Cheese Importers Association of America received designation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a qualified importer program. Under the order implementing the Dairy Import Assessment, importers are permitted to form their own qualified import program and request certification of their program from USDA. The CIAA qualified program will be eligible to receive up to 2.5 cents of the fee paid by importers of dairy products subject to the assessment.     

Imports raise food security flag in UAE

May 23, 2011

It is a box of chicken nuggets; enough for a delicious family meal once removed from the freezer and placed in a pan of hot cooking oil for the recommended four minutes.The box reassures Muslim customers that its contents are "the real halal". In Arabic and English, it lists the expiration date, nutritional facts (fibre 0.1 per 100 gm, calories from fat 29.2 per 100g) and the ingredients: 14 in all. And there is one more piece of information that might reassure those concerned about food miles and the effect on the environment or looking for a local stamp of quality. Produced and packaged by Al Islami, United Arab Emirates.     

DairyTech India 2011 Meet discusses scope for Indo-Dutch cooperation in dairy industry

May 18, 2011

S Jafar Naqvi, chief coordinator, DairyTech India 2011, in his address, 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 (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) in augmenting export of various agri & food products. S S Nayyar, DGM, APEDA complimented the organisers for their timely initiative of holding the seminar. The seminar was a prelude to the upcoming Dairy Tech India 2011 Expo to be held in Bangalore. Beginning from September 9, the three-day international exhibition on dairy products and technologies is being visualised as a gateway to the largest dairy market - India.     

Ice cream companies hike prices as milk producers increase costs again

May 09, 2011

Another increase in milk prices in just two months has come as a major shock and growth impediment for the dairy industry. In fact, the recent hike has affected major ice cream players such that most of them are increasing the prices of a number of their products. A source stated, “This has happened following the recent increase in prices, in spite of the 9-10 per cent increase in milk output in many states this year.” Another official from Havmor, a leading ice cream brand, told FnB News, “We have increased the prices for various products in February and now there is again a price hike in some of our varieties.” The official confirmed that this would have a huge impact on their turnover as companies were totally dependent on pure milk processing.     

European dairy industry rejects ‘complex’ labelling proposals

May 05, 2011

In their current form new EU food labelling proposals would make regulatory requirements for the dairy industry more complex and burdensome, claims the European Dairy Association (EDA). Agreed upon last month by the ENVI committee at the EU parliament, the proposals are now on their way to a second reading by the Council of Ministers. Ahead of that reading, the EDA has weighed in with its verdict. Joop Kleibeuker, secretary general of the EDA, said: “The European Dairy Association is in favour of a simplification and harmonisation of European labelling rules. In this respect we can only regret that the proposed regulation is making the requirements even more complex.”     

Dairy product prices expected to rise by up to 4 percent – Indonesia

Apr 28, 2011

Dairy producers have announced plans to increase the prices of milk products by between 2 and 4 percent this year.The increases are expected to be applied to all dairy products, including powdered milk, formula milk and fresh milk.Indonesian Milk Processing Industry Association (AIPS) executive director Syahlan Siregar said the prices of raw materials used in dairy products had also gone up recently.     

Set up ICAR research station in Punjab: CM

Apr 27, 2011

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to establish regional research stations in the state to boost agricultural, dairy and fisheries sectors. The CM was presiding over a high-level meeting of ICAR to discuss issues concerning Punjab’s agriculture, dairy and fishery sectors. Expressing deep concern over the present status of depletion of soil fertility and decline of groundwater level in the state, he said the state needs strong research support for small and marginal farmers and the ICAR should establish research stations in the state.     

Viet Nam tightens controls on imported milk

Apr 14, 2011

Only milk and dairy products that meet hygiene standards will be allowed to be sold in Viet Nam, the Food Hygiene and Safety Department said.The announcement follows the latest milk scandal to hit China that resulted in the deaths of three new-born babies. More than 500 dairy firms in China were reportedly forced to close down due to poor hygiene standards.The department said it had been in close contact with the Vietnamese embassy in China about the matter.The department also said it was conducting regular inspections of imported milk.     

Dairy product prices to rise despite milk freeze

Apr 12, 2011

Another round of dairy product price rises is about to hit Kiwi pockets. Australasian food manufacturer Goodman Fielder has told its retail customers there will be price rises, including a 12 per cent jump in the price of "everyday" cheeses and a rise of up to 10.2 per cent in butter, from next week. A company spokesman said the increases were a result of the latest wholesale milk price rise from national milk price setter Fonterra. Fonterra, which controls more than 90 per cent of the country's raw milk supply, attributes rising dairy prices to strong international commodity prices.     

Maharashtra to give incentives for increasing milk production

Apr 11, 2011

In its effort to increase milk production in Maharashtra, the state government has made a provision of Rs 50 crore, the legislative council was informed. "A provision of Rs 50 crore has been made under a new policy to increase milk production in the state. Also, the farmers in the areas having inadequate milk production would get 40 per cent subsidy on buying upto six cows and buffaloes," dairy development minister Madhukar Chavan said. Chavan admitted that out of the four state units for production of milk powder at Miraj, Akola, Udgir and Nagpur, two had closed and the other two were not functioning well.     

45% of China’s Dairy Producers Shut Down

Apr 05, 2011

Approximately 45 percent of China’s 1,176 dairy producers were shut down March 31 after they failed to obtain new production licenses aimed at preventing a repeat of the 2008 melamine scandal that sickened thousands, killed at least six children and nearly destroyed China’s domestic dairy industry, reported the state-run Xinhua news agency.     

Saudi Arabia To Stock Top Quality Dairy Products From Victoria, Australia

Apr 04, 2011

Quality dairy products from the State of Victoria, Australia, will soon be available in Saudi Arabia following a series of business agreements reached between Tatura Milk Industries and Saudi food buyers and distributors. Representatives from Tatura visited the Kingdom last month as part of an official Victorian food trade mission to Riyadh and Jeddah, which was organised and led by the Victorian Government Business Office (VGBO) and the Department of Business and Innovation in Dubai.     

Codex endorses joint ISO/IDF guidelines for detecting melamine in milk

Mar 30, 2011

Guidelines developed by ISO and the International Dairy Federation (IDF) to help prevent a recurrence of the crisis caused by milk adulterated with melamine that affected thousands of children have been endorsed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the United Nations body responsible for food safety that protects the health of consumers and helps to ensure fair trade practices in the food trade.     

Dairy prices expected to rise – Malaysia

Mar 29, 2011

The increases in dairy raw material prices may potentially drive up prices of dairy products if the high commodity bill continues.An analyst said there had been significant increases in raw material prices in the past six months and, based on the current outlook, he expected commodity prices to stay high this year.He said the high prices could potentially be passed on to consumers but did not give a threshold of commodity prices before milk prices would be increased.     

Kingdom highest consumer of dairy products in region

Mar 28, 2011

Saudi Arabia's dairy industry has been transformed over the past decade, with production rising dramatically. The Kingdom is now home to some of the most advanced dairy farms in the world. Fresh milk output in 1998 stood at 581,000 tons, yet just 10 years later this had grown by almost 75 percent to 1.01 million tons. However, with a growing population, rising incomes and agricultural deficit neighbors, Saudi Arabia will remain vulnerable to higher import costs over the short term, which the country will be able to finance due to its massive current account surplus, "Saudi Arabia Agribusiness Report Q2 2011" by said.     

Rs 17,000 cr boost to dairy industry

Mar 25, 2011

After the first white revolution ushered in by the Anand experiment, the country will see another gigantic project to raise milk production.Called the National Dairy Plan, the project that will cost Rs 17,000 crore, is aimed at raising milk output by 50 per cent in 10 years. Once again the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) will be at the helm of the project, which will be part of the 12th five-year plan.     

Hong Kong bans Japanese food imports as concerns over radiation mount

Mar 24, 2011

Hong Kong suspended food and milk imports from five prefectures in Japan on Wednesday after radiation was detected in vegetable imports at the city's international airport.The government banned products that include milk, milk powder, vegetables and fruits produced and harvested from Chiba, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma and Fukushima Prefectures, according to the Hong Kong Food and Health Department.     

Genetically modified dairy products in Chinese markets soon

Mar 24, 2011

People in China may soon find genetically modified (GM) dairy products, which are similar to human milk, being available in the Chinese markets, a biotechnology expert has predicted.These are hoped to be available in the market within the next two years.Chinese scientists have created a herd of over 200 cows, who can produce milk that contains the characteristics of human milk. The technology is at the cutting edge worldwide and will ensure "healthy protein contained in human milk is affordable for ordinary consumers", China Daily quoted Li Ning, a scientist at the Chinese Academy of Engineering as saying.     

Tainted milk more harmful than contaminated vegetables: AEC

Mar 23, 2011

Taiwan's Atomic Energy Council (AEC) said Monday that consuming milk tainted by radioactive substances would be more harmful to people's health than eating contaminated fruit or vegetables.The announcement came after Japan's government announced that radioactive substances released from its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have found their way into Japan's food supply, with milk and spinach testing positive for substances such as iodine-131.     

Brazil's switch to imports turns milk market screw

Mar 22, 2011

Weakness in global dairy markets looks likely to prove short-lived, as high feed costs keep a lid on production growth, while a shortage of Brazilian supplies scuppers its hopes of exports. Dairy prices, which slid 8.2% at Fonterra's latest internet auction last week, should receive "strong support" in the April-to-June quarter from a continuation of the squeeze which has seen them more than double from a low two years ago, Rabobank said.     

Milk prices to rise despite export ban: Report

Mar 22, 2011

Rating agency CRISIL believes that milk prices will continue to rise over the medium term on sustained demand-supply mismatch and increasing input costs. With milk products exports forming around 5% of India's total milk production, and domestic demand for dairy products remaining strong, the demand-supply gap is expected to continue to widen over the medium term.     

U.S. set to enact fee on dairy importers

Mar 21, 2011

The federal government announced this week that it soon will start charging importers of dairy products a fee to support dairy-promotion programs, a move long sought by farm groups but opposed by U.S. companies that import dairy ingredients for various foods.     

Govt taking steps to boost dairy industry

Mar 21, 2011

The per capita consumption of milk in Bihar is around half of what is the national average. This despite the fact that milk production in the state has increased manifold in the last five years. "The government is taking suitable steps to promote dairy industry so that milk produced by farmers is properly marketed to help them get adequate returns on their milk produce," Animal husbandry and fisheries resources department minister Giriraj Singh said , adding: "The aim of the government is to facilitate fair return on milk produce of every farmer."     

CCMAS endorses IDF/ISO Guidelines for melamine determination in milk products, infant formula

Mar 17, 2011

In response to the crisis caused by milk adulterated with melamine that affected thousands of children in 2008, the International Dairy Federation (IDF) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed a technical specification (TS)/reviewed method (RM): ISO/TS 15495 | IDF/RM 230:2010, Milk, milk products and infant formulae - Guidelines for the quantitative determination of melamine and cyanuric acid by LC-MS/MS.     

Pawar not happy with ban on milk powder export

Mar 14, 2011

Expressing discontent over ban on export of milk powder, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today said the policy would be changed once availability improves. "Export restrictions have been made (on milk products) and import has been opened. The Ministry is not happy with it...," Pawar said replying to supplementaries in the Rajya Sabha.     

India - Joint dairy farm venture

Sep 06, 2010

The Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative (IFFCO) is close to setting up a dairy project jointly with an overseas partner to cash in on the growing demand of milk, says a senior official. The company is likely to finalize a JV partner, either an American company or a New Zealand firm, within a couple of months, managing director US Awasthi told a press conference earlier in the week. The foreign firm will be an equity partner in the project that will require an investment of `1,000 crore and will be set up in the forthcoming SEZ in Andhra Pradesh. “We will begin with 6,000 high-breed cattle stocks and a processing capacity of one million litre of milk a day,” said Mr Awasthi.     

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra exports at a high

Sep 06, 2010

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra exported a record amount of product last financial year. Fonterra chief executive Andrew Ferrier said the company exported 2.1 million tones of dairy product in 2009-10 - the most in its nine-year history. Mr Ferrier said demand was consistent throughout the year, with exports up 60,000 tones on 2008-09. Russia eyes Belarus RUSSIA may have to import potatoes from Belarus to cater for winter demand in Moscow. Russia's worst drought in decades, which is estimated to have already cost $15 billion, has threatened almost a third of the nation's potato harvest. As a result, Moscow will import about 50,000 tones of potatoes from Belarus, or about 25 per cent of its requirements.