The Indian Dairy Association recently organized a virtual meeting on World Milk Day to highlight the importance of milk and dairy products as global food. It focused on milk is a global foodstuff, discussing emerging opportunities in the dairy industry, increasing consumer demand for safe and healthy dairy products and dairy tools to combat livelihoods and malnutrition.

At the event, Dr. RS Sodhi, General Manager of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), also known as Amul, on common supply chain constraints required by the dairy industry to further increase supply chain efficiency throughout the supply chain from milk sourcing to Consumer.

“Until we start giving more to farmers and then the consumer will grow. So I think the dairy industry needs to look for areas where we can increase the efficiency of the supply chain, which leads to more sourcing when we have the small sourcing sector or the transportation sector, or especially in retail and distribution. We shouldn’t be adopting this marketing strategy from large multinational FMCG companies by bringing in more supply chain partners, „he added.

Professor GS Rajhoria, President of the Indian Dairy Association, said: “The United Nations has made this year’s World Milk Day a theme to promote the socio-economic status of milk producers, recognize the importance of milk as a whole food, and promote environmental degradation around the world prevent.”

He went on to say, „We celebrate today’s event at a difficult time as the whole world faces the challenges of Covid-19 leading to prolonged lockdowns.”

„The country has seen demand for liquid milk, butter, cheese, ghee, and paneer decline by about 15% as hotels, restaurants, catering units, tea shops, university hostels, and candy stores closed,” added.

He concluded by saying, „Dairies have lowered their raw milk procurement prices.” The IDA President mentioned that every dark cloud has a silver lining and dairies are now looking to introduce new products to boost immunity and wellbeing the GST Council to consider the dairy stakeholders’ call to lower the GST rate uniformly to 5% for all products in order to help the industry overcome liquidity problems and stimulate the growth of the dairy sector „.

He was followed by many other speakers who shed light on the problems of the dairy sector.


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