Training on Advances in processing and value addition of milk by KVK, N & M Andaman

Mayabunder, Oct 07: : The dairy farmers in remote rural areas of North and Middle Andaman can add value to raw milk by producing a wide variety of processed products, which can reap higher returns to milk producers. In this connection, ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, CIARI, North & Middle Andaman organised a three days training programme on “Recent technological advances in processing and value addition of milk” at Community Hall, Gram Panchayat Pahalgaon w.e.f. 04.10.18 to 06.10.18. Mr. Shibanand Bairagi, Pradhan, Gram Panchayat Pahelgaon inaugurated the programme in the presence of Member, Village Cooperative Society, and Dr. B. L. Kasinath, Senior Scientist & Head/ Course Director, KVK, N & M Andaman. In the inaugural session, Mr. Shibanand Bairagi informed that over the period of three years the dairy cattle population has significantly increased in the villages under Gram Panchayat Pahalgaon. He told that presently the farmers in the area are disposing raw milk by supplying the raw milk at lower rate to ANIIDCO. Thus, the farmers are not achieving desired returns. He appreciated the KVK for organising a much needed programme on value addition of milk, which can help the farmers to reap more benefit and urged the participants to make use of the programme for their benefit. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. B. L. Kasinath, Head/Course Director said that the farmers can double their income easily by adding value to their agriculture produce. He highlighted the need for the farmers to adopt integrated farming system for achieving higher income, and explained the need of value addition in agriculture and allied sector especially dairying. Dr. Shardul Vikram Lal, SMS (Animal Science)/ Course coordinator briefly outlined the course content of the three days training programme. In the technical session, which continued for three days, numbers of topics were discussed and demonstrated such as care and management of dairy cattle, clean milk production, preparation of Dahi, Mishti Doi, chakka, Shrikhand, Panner, Lassi, and Khoa. Er. Manoj Kumar, SMS (Agril. Engg.) discussed on the equipments required for commercial processing and value addition of milk. A film show on clean milk production was also organised for the participants. The programme was concluded in the presence of Pradhan. In the concluding session, the participants provided their feedbacks and the Pradhan thanked KVK, Nimbudera for the organising the programme for villagers. A total of 28 participants including 20 females and 08 males were benefitted from the programme. This programme was conducted under the supervision and guidance of Dr. B. L. Kashinath, Senior scientist and Head, ICAR-KVK and Dr. A. Kundu, Director, ICAR-CIARI.

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