As a relief to the dengue patients, the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) here has started selling goat milk at affordable price from its campus counter.
"Following suggestions by the medical fraternity that goat milk is beneficial for those diagnosed with dengue, we decided to sell it on the NDRI campus for public cause. It is believed that goat milk helps in increasing platelet count but there is no scientific evidence to establish the belief," AK Srivastava, NDRI director, told Hindustan Times on Monday.
"Under a special initiative, goat milk is available for `100 per litre on the NDRI campus. But in the open market, it is available for as high as `1,000 per litre. Our initiative is to offer milk at affordable price," he said.
The premier institute has a large stock of goat breeds - Black Bengal, Beetal and Jamuna Pari - that produces about 400 liters of milk per day.
Srivastava said that till now, the institute used goat milk for research activities. "In view of requests from doctors and patients, the NDRI decided to sell a limited quantity for the dengue patients," he said.
Srivastava, however, said the NDRI did not claim that goat milk should be given to the dengue patients but there was no denying the fact that it was good for human consumption. "The NDRI has decided to test the benefits of goat milk to the dengue patients."
The director said goat milk would be sold on the specific prescription of a doctor to ensure that there was no black marketing.
"Milk of goat and camel is considered to have nutritional properties. Goat milk, which is rich in calcium and phosphorus, is on a par with milk of cow or buffalo. But goat milk is believed to have a smoothening effect on intestines. In any case, patients should consume goat milk as per the prescription of doctors," the director added.
FIGURES THAT MATTER
Rs 100 per litre - Price of goat milk available on the NDRI campus
RS 1,000 per litre - Price of goat milk available in the open market
400 liters of milk per day - the volume of goat milk produced from NDRI's large stock of goat breeds - Black Bengal, Beetal and Jamuna Pari.
MILK OF VALUE
Milk of goat and camel is considered to have nutritional properties.
Goat milk, which is rich in calcium and phosphorus, is on a par with milk of cow or buffalo.
Goat milk is believed to have a smoothening impact on intestines.