National Seminar organized at SMC College, Anand

A NATIONAL SEMINAR on “Vision 2030 for Dairy Industry” and Alumni Convention was organized jointly by SMC College of Dairy Science and Alumni Association on 4-5 January, 2019 at SMC College of Dairy Science, AAU, Anand.

Our country possesses the unique distinction of being the largest producer and consumer of milk in the world. Contribution of the dairy industry, to the growth of agriculture sector in India is tremendous. People working for the dairy industry need to equip themselves with ideas to manage the exponential growth forecasted for this sector in the coming years.

The Seminar was inaugurated by customary lamp lighting. Dr. J.B. Prajapati, Principal and Dean, SMC College of Dairy Science, welcomed the delegates from India and abroad. He briefed about importance of Anand for dairy development and explained about the contribution of SMC College of Dairy Science in dairy education and research in the country. He also informed about the first Dairy Vigyan Kendra of the country at Anand and role of dairy professionals for the welfare of farmers of India.

Professor Hitesh Bhatt, Director, IRMA, Anand, highlighted the major transformative role dairy industry would be playing by 2030 namely increasing the productivity of the milch animal as well as ensuring the value of dairy commodity for the consumers. He suggested involvement of trained and experienced dairy managerial profession in teaching of basics of dairy management to under graduate students. He also spoke on the proposed five year integrated MBA program in dairy management with B.Tech. (DT) under agreement with AAU, IRMA and NDRI, Karnal.

Dr. R.R.B. Singh, Director, ICAR-NDRI, Karnal also graced the inaugural function as Guest of Honour. He pointed out that since last decade, bovine and buffalo population has increased by 0.8% and 1.8% respectively. He stressed on the need to address issues related to non-productivity, semen sexing and reproductivity of milch animals. He expressed his concern about malnutrition in the country. He concluded his talk by urging young students to engage in entrepreneurship as a career choice. He was hopeful that the proposed integrated five year course with IRMA would improve the prospects of dairy technology students opting to initiate their own business.

Dr. R.S. Sodhi, Managing Director, GCMMF, Anand, began his address by acclaiming that dairy industry can play a major de-stressing role for farmers, by providing them an alternative yet lucrative source of income. He said for the changing dietary habits of people with more inclusion of protein and fat dairy products offer a good option.

He figured out that the population of our country is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by 2030 while the projected growth of dairy industry would be 280 million tons by 2030 at a CAGR of 4.8%. Dr. Sodhi added that India would be the only nation in the world that will be investing ₹ 3000 crore specifically in dairy development. He believed that such a huge growth would require skilled and competent technocrats. He remarked that every lakh litre of milk provide livelihood to 6000 people, which accounts that dairy sector will create job for about 70 million families by 2030. He listed various challenges that dairy professionals have to counter in the future, viz., improving productivity of milch animals, managing the malice of adulteration and aflatoxins, improving energy efficiency, convenient packaging of products, usage of renewable sources of energy, high speed packaging lines for faster product packaging, packaging and shelf life extension of traditional sweets and control of environmental pollution including greenhouse gas emission. He concluded his speech by saying that a bright future depends upon the satisfaction of all persons involved in dairy sector from farmer to consumer.

Dr. N.C. Patel, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, presided over the function. He emphasized the need to modernize the Indian dairy industry by using latest techniques like artificial intelligence. He suggested that the unorganized dairy sector needs to be tapped by professionals by providing them technical, educational and marketing support. He urged the technocrats to come up with ideas for mechanization and marketing of traditional milk delicacies. He expressed his concern over pollution control and suggested that decentralization of dairy industry by establishing local processing facilities would lower the transportation and marketing cost, and yield high returns to milk producers. He advised the scientists to develop rapid and cost effective methods to detect adulteration of milk and milk products.

A souvenir on “Vision 2030 for Dairy Industry” was released on this occasion. The seminar was attended by about 400 delegates from India and abroad.

Shri Sangram Chaudhary, Executive Director, NDDB was the Guest of honour. He sensitized the audience towards the issue of poverty and hunger eradication. He reminded that it is a moral duty of all concerned with dairy profession to help India tackle the problem of malnutrition. He shared the fact that almost 15% of the total population of our country is undernourished and it is the responsibility of all food and dairy professionals to work towards eliminating malnutrition. He projected the dairy industry as a secured source of income for rural people. He added that NDDB works for small holders towards removing inequality of income and improving quality of their life. He concluded his talk by declaring dairy technocrats as assets to the country, who must add value to the nation's progress.