Friday, December 1, 2017

Farmer is free to decide fate of his animals (50th Dairy Pulse, 16 to 30 Nov, 2017)

Dear friends,

Firstly I would like to thank all of you along with the complete dairy fraternity while presenting this 50th edition of Dairy Pulse (a fortnightly news letter on Indian and foreign dairy news). We respect your commitment to the industry and therefore we collate all these information so that you could review it once every fortnight in one go. I really can not believe that almost two years have passed since we began this journey. Next year we have plans to not only give this newsletter a new shape but to begin a separate newsletter with a focus on Dairy start ups, their success stories and investments in dairysector. I am sure that we will keep on receiving patronage from all of you for the same.

Finally the government rolled back its decision on stopping sale of animals for slaughtering purpose. This policy since beginning got a lots of criticism and resistance from almost all stakeholders from the dairy industry. Now the farmer is free to decide fate of his animals and carry out his dairy business in a more scientifically managed manner. I am happy that during last few months at least the think tank and other farmer groups discussed this issue openly which was being lying under the carpet for so many years. I find it to be good move by the policy maker for creating an opportunity for constructive criticism and the way forward. I also think that now this policy would be redesigned to suit the industry and farmers alike.

On 28th and 29th November IFCN organized its 4th regional conference at Chennai and was attended by dairy stalwarts from government, Amul, Aavin, Lactalis, Tirumala, Jersey, ABT foods, Kemin, Tetrapack, Promethane , Rabo Bank to name a few. 

This year the workshop was focussed on family dairy farms ( from 10-50) and emphasis was given to identifying the focus areas and challenges so as to make them sustainable to begin with.

The key findings of the conference will be shared with you along with our next newsletter but the key questions being discussed in the workshop remains as follows :

a. How to define a sustainable family dairy farms in India-what criteria need to be covered ?
b. How to improve farm management skills in India and waht need to be done for substantial improvements.
c. How to have better milking animals and how to improve their availability ?
d. What could be possible solutions for unproductive animals in 2020 besides Gaushalas?
e. What could be done better for mobilizing finances for Family dairy farms?
f. How would a sustainable family dairy farm model look like in 2020 in progressive states (e.g Number of cows, yield, land, feed, technology, etc)
g. How to attract youth of India to be enrolled for family dairy farm business in India ?
h. How to ensure Animal feed/water availability through out the year as per requirements in family dairy farms considering vast diversity in agro climatic conditions of India ?

A whole day was spent finding the answers but that is not sufficient. There is a great requirements of inventorizing the best practices and Indigeneous technical knowledge(ITK as used in agriculture) of dairy farmers and developing strategies at Block level if not village level. Looking at the size of the country even state level single policy may not do well. However what we have been facing is problem of National Policy for almost all issues in the country.

Slowly and steadily we will have to listen to the farmers and create solutions at micro level if we really wish to double their income by 2022.

To me a farmer's sustainability is nothing but a nation's sustainability in miniature. 

Happy e reading.

with warm regards

Kuldeep Sharma
Chief Thinking Officer
Suruchi Consultants (ISO 9001:2008 Company)
C-49 Sector-65
Noida 201307

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