Dairy production provides numerous non-market economic benefits, such as manure for on-farm use as fuel or organic fertiliser (in several farming systems manure is the sole source of nutrients for crop production).
Dairy Farming contributes significantly to farmer income because approximately 70 million farmers are directly involved in dairying. Dairy is the only Agri-product in which farmers receive 70-80 percent of the final market value, accounting for roughly one-third of rural household income in India.
The Directorate of Extension Education, along with the College of Dairy Science & Technology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, conducted two days of residential training on “Innovations in Dairy Farming and Milk Processing” sponsored by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) under the guidance of Dr. Parkash Singh Brar, Director of Extension Education cum Course Director.
A total of 17 trainees from five districts of Punjab attended the training at GADVASU.
The experts of the University conducted lectures to enhance the trainees’ knowledge concerning entrepreneurial opportunities in dairy farming and allied sectors, as well as regarding the FSSAI (Food Safety and Standard Authority of India) guidelines on milk processing.
The hands-on training was provided to evaluate milk quality, making Mozzarella cheese, Milk cake, and Paneer. Special visits of trainees were organized to the Experimental Milk Plant and Integrated Farming System model.
While addressing the trainees, Dr. Parkash Singh Brar motivated them to take up milk processing to maximize the benefits of dairy farming. He stated that dairy farmers should opt for the value addition of milk to obtain higher returns from the dairy industry.
Dr. Y.P.S. Malik, Dean of the College of Dairy Science & Technology, said that dairy farmers must look up to the opportunities in dairy processing to maximize their profits.
The training concluded with the distribution of certificates and literature to the trainees. The training was coordinated by Dr. Inderpreet Kaur, Dr. Jaswinder Singh, and Dr. Amandeep Singh.
First published on: 09 Dec 2022, 08:57 IST
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