INDIA - Looking for opportunities in the dairy sector, a 25-member Australian delegation visited Gujarat's dairy farm, Dudhsagar Dairy in Mehsana district.
The delegation is part of 450 member Australian delegation touring India for business prospects.
Australian companies are looking for opportunities in areas of dairy breeds, genetics, increasing productivity of cattle, animal nutrition, dairy farm consultancy, research and development in dairy products, fodder grass, others.
Speaking on the visit, Mark Morley, trade commissioner and leader of the agricultural & equipment, technology and services - dairy delegation said, Australia has a diverse dairy manufacturing sector and is the world's fourth largest exporter of processed dairy products.
Tough Australia has a cattle population of about 1.6 million milch animals, which is far less than India, but its productivity per animal is close to 25-30 litres a day, as compared to India's 5-6 litres a day productivity per animal, Morley said.
The Australian dairy industry is the third largest agricultural food industry, with farm gate value of production valued at $4 billion.
"Australian technology, expertise, products and services can improve India's productivity, particularly in drought and water management, agricultural research and development, sustainable agricultural practices, agricultural robotics and machinery, plant genetics and pathology, and animal husbandry," Morley said.
The delegation members included firms like Selected Seeds, Enduro Tags, Dairy Innovation Australia, Goodman Fielder, Agritechnology Pty Ltd, Austrex Flavourtech, The Vet Group, Innovative Farm Solutions, Export Finance Insurance Corp., Goulburn Ovens TAFE, Chamberlain Veterinary Services among others.
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