Hope the colors of Holi have made both your dreams and aspirations colorful.
Last fortnight Indian Government showed a soft and hard approach. On one hand it got too hard on trade of oxytocin in India while on the other hand it relaxed the norms of cattle trade in India by making it convenient for farmers to bring animals to be disposed off for non agricultural purpose.
Immediately after the news on oxytocin got flashed, I received a call from one of my good friend and revered member of dairy fraternity on implication of this new law on milk production in India. I just did not have any answer. I never looked at role of hormones in growth in milk production in India. We are not living in a country where high productivity in milk production might be attributed to use of some regulator's approved hormones.
The question bothered me and I looked back at the way Oxytocin is being used in Indian context. It all started with a medicinal value for this injection and farmers used it for problem animals or to ease out calving and placenta removal.
Milking animals are not the only consumer of Oxytocin, fruits and vegetable traders and farmers also uses it with lots of enthusiasm for gaining large sizes of their produce in short time. Even in prostitution trade this hormone is used for
In the same context in some parts of our hilly terrain areas of Uttranchal it was seen that the girl child were attaining adolescence at a tender age of less than 10 years due to excessive use of this hormone by farmers. A few years back some NGOs took notice of this and ran some awareness program.
2-3 years back the trade was restricted and government put a ban but still under disguised names of peptides and certain amino compound these hormones were imported and traded in India. Once the government banned the sale of this hormone in standard vials as injections, the middle man started to provide it to farmers in an unregulated manner and quantities . This actually aggravated the problem and situation got worsened even more than the pre-ban period.
In current context of dairy industry , I find the major use of this hormone in urban and peri urban milk supplies. In around 5000 small towns , metros and mini metros in India, it was found that this hormone had made it convenient for peri urban farmers to convert their animals into ATM ( Any time Milking ) Machines .
They used to carry their animals from apartments to apartments and locality to locality to milk their animal and deliver it in front of consumers. For each milking some dose of this hormone is used.
So with current notification I feel that the era of this Any Time Milking is getting over. But the question remains that would it have any impact on milk production in India ? I feel that the total percentage of milk produced using this hormone is more skewed towards urban and peri urban area than the core of rural India at cooperative levels.
However I feel that such ban would see an upsurge in milk adulteration so as to meet the demand- supply gap which might occur in absence of this drug.
It is high time for regulator to gear up with its system to look at the possible incidents of synthetic milk and off late a few hot spots have been identified in state of Haryana also.
Safe mIlk mission is every one's responsibility and let us all contribute our bit to provide safe milk to every one latest by 2025 in India.
with best regards
Chief Thinking Officer
Suruchi Consultants (ISO 9001:2008 Company)