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The Bright Future of the Indian Dairy Industry: Analysis and Perspectives

India has the opportunity to emerge as a global dairy producer if it can improve quality and productivity.

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Global Demand Surge and India as a Key Supplier: Navigating the Dairy Landscape

Already bullish forecasts for India's dairy sector have been further bolstered by a recent authoritative report that raises expectations even higher.

In an interview with Harvir Singh, Editorial Director of Rural World, Dr. Piercristiano Brazzale (1), President of the International Dairy Federation (IDF), stated firmly: "I am confident that India will emerge in the future as a major player in the international dairy market."

India's domestic milk production is not yet sufficient to meet domestic demand, which in itself is a strong reason to invest confidently in the sector. However, Dr. Brazzale's analysis extends to the global dairy production landscape, adding another element of great interest.

Global milk demand is estimated to increase by 33 million tonnes over the next 20 years, and Dr. Brazzale believes that India is the only global player capable of meeting this huge increase. Europe, the United States and New Zealand, in fact, will not be able to increase their production for mainly political and environmental sustainability reasons.

(1) Brazzale S.p.A. is an Italian company based in Zanè (Vicenza), founded in 1784, specializing in the production of milk, butter, and cheeses. With over 240 years of experience, Brazzale is the oldest Italian company in the dairy industry. Brazzale combines tradition and innovation, constantly investing in new technologies to improve the quality of its products and its production efficiency. The company is also present on international markets, with subsidiaries in Europe, Brazil, and China.

Key factors for India's success

Dr. Brazzale's analysis is supported by long-term trends and concrete data. In developed countries, environmental constraints limit the increase in the number of livestock, while the sophistication of feeding has already reached a level that makes future productivity improvements modest.

India finds itself in a unique and advantageous position globally:

Culture and tradition: India has a strong culture and tradition of milk production, a factor absent in many other countries.

Livestock resources: India possesses the largest livestock resources in the world.

Productivity per animal: Productivity per animal is still very low, offering ample room for improvement.

This combination of factors creates an exceptional opportunity to achieve a significant increase in milk production in India in a short period of time.

Technologies and practices to increase productivity

The path to achieving this goal is well-defined and does not require the development of new theories, but rather the simple application of best practices in animal feeding. These include:

Use of silage and TMR: These feeding methods can rapidly increase per capita production.

NIR technologies for precision feeding: Allow for more precise and targeted feeding, optimizing nutrient intake for each animal.

The adoption of these practices will also lead to:

Higher milk quality and safety: Essential requirements for access to the international market.

Reduced cost per liter of milk produced: A key factor for the economic well-being of Indian farmers.

NIR analysis of silage in India

The fundamental role of animal husbandry for Indian society

Moreover, the increase in dairy productivity represents a unique opportunity for the country to strengthen its economy, improve the well-being of farmers, and establish itself as a key player in the global dairy market.

As pointed out by Dr. RS Sodhi, President of the Indian Dairy Association: “If better feeding and breeding practices are adopted, it will be possible to increase productivity per animal and provide better income for future generations.”

Dr RS Sodhi, President IDA

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Stefano Marini - I4D Consulting Mantova

Stefano Marini

Former Guardia di Finanza officer turned private sector as CEO and manager; in 2010 he founded I4D Consulting, focusing on strategic consulting for SMEs. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Passionate about IT related to business organization and the Asian world.

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