Directorate of Extension Education and College of Dairy Science and Technology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, organised a training on value addition of milk for members of Farmers Producer Organisation (FPO) from different districts of Punjab.
P S Brar, director of Extension Education, GADVASU, said the training was sponsored by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) to train the members of FPOs in processing of milk to value-added products.
He said farmers must think beyond production for profitability in dairy farming. Value addition and smart marketing of milk products have a huge opportunity to boost the income of the farmers.
Sanjeev Kumar, district development managers , Nabard, said farmers must organise themselves into FPOs to realise the full benefits of marketing of milk and milk products.
Ramneek, dean, College of Dairy Science and Technology urged the farmers to stay in contact with the scientists of the college and benefit from their expertise.
Scientists from the College of Dairy Science and Technology discussed important aspects related with manufacturing and marketing of milk products. Different technologies developed by the university for the preparation of these products were demonstrated. A visit to the dairy plant was also organised. The training was coordinated by Inderpreet Kaur and Arunbeer Singh.
Inderpreet Kaur said the training was specifically designed to promote skill development of the farmers in manufacturing and marketing of different milk products. Farmers from FPOs of six districts attended the training and engaged in discussions and practicals in six sessions during the training.
Arunbeer Singh said a training manual has been developed for the trainees that will be made available through the university website www.gadvasu.in.