Australian delegation meets dairy farmers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 15, 2015 22:13 IST

A 25-member dairy delegation from Australia met the members of Progressive Dairy Farmers' Association (PDFA) to explore business ties with Progressive Dairy Solutions, a company formed by the PDFA farmers, on Thursday.

The delegation focuses on dairy cattle breeds and genetics; fodder grass and animal nutrition; vocational education and training in dairy farming; research and development in milk products; dairy farm consultancy and IT-enabled services.

Speaking about the possibility of association, Daljit Singh, president, PDFA, said, "PDFA has been working relentlessly to uplift Punjab's dairy farmers. For that we have a keen focus on exploring associations with international partners. This helps make way for innovative technologies and best practices in the Indian dairy system. It's interesting to learn about newer technologies in the dairy industry from the Australian dairy industry and we are keen to adopt innovative technologies from them for the benefit of our farmers."

Speaking about the association, Mark Moley, trade commissioner and leader of agriculture equipment, technology and services, dairy delegation, said, "Australia has a diverse dairy manufacturing sector and is world's fourth largest exporter of processed dairy products. The dairy industry is Australia's third largest agriculture food industry, with farm gate value of production valued at $4 billion."

Speaking about the business possibilities, Munish Sharma, general manager, Progressive Dairy Solutions, said, "We are exploring tie-ups with companies like Dairy Innovation Australia Limited and Innovative Farm Services Pvt Ltd for dairy manufacturing, especially with a focus in integrated, responsive and cost-effective dairy manufacturing R&D and support services."

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