GLOBAL - Global milk requirements have been estimated at 1077 million tonnes for 2050, with the current demand at 740 million tonnes.
This is according to a UK dairy figurehead last week who said the 68 per cent rise would need European production to lift in order to be satisfied.
Addressing the Trehane Trust annual dinner, DairyUK chief executive Dr Judith Bryans said there will be no let-up in dairy demand as incomes rise and population grows to an estimated 9.6 billion by 2050.
She stressed that emerging markets will not be self-sufficient in milk, offering ‘tremendous opportunity’ for UK farmers.
And she added: “We are fortunate in the UK to have first class dairy farmers and processors who will play their part in meeting that demand and we have the support of consumer and the devolved Governments.”
However, she cautioned that Europeans are bullish about the post-quota era and said that government assistance would help UK competitiveness.
“We have to be mindful of the fact that the rest of Europe is also setting out its stall and identifying the infrastructure, marketing and new product development needed to compete.
“For the UK to thrive post 2015, it needs to build and sustain globally competitive dairy sector and our Government needs to help us further by reducing the burden of red tape and creating a business environment where the industry can succeed.”
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