Ludhiana, July 20
A five-day training course on value addition of milk, organised by the College of Dairy Science and Technology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), concluded.
The training programme was attended by 16 trainees, including three women farmers. The chief guest of the training programme, HK Verma, director extension education, GADVASU, said dairy processing with value addition could help to enhance the economic well-being of large number of farmers in Punjab. He appreciated the faculty for providing excellent training to farmers. The training would be of great help to dairy farmers interested to start their own dairy processing business, he added.
The dean of College of Dairy Science and Technology, AK Puniya, laid emphasis on shifting small milk producers to milk processors through value addition. He also stressed the need for better marketing of products manufactured by small dairy processors through selection of good market place, obtaining value price through improvement of quality by value addition.
Sandeep Sodhi, course coordinator of the training programme, provided an overview of the activities carried out for the participants during the training course. She said the five-day training programme was technically designed and provided practical training on manufacture of seven milk products such as milk cake, paneer, whey drink, flavoured dahi, lassi, mozzarella cheese and sterilised flavoured milk. The training also covered the microbiological, chemical and economical aspects for proper handling of milk and milk products. Farmers also shared their experiences about technical sessions of the training and mentioned that they had excellent practical experience of manufacturing the milk products and other technical know-how from learned faculty.
The valedictory session concluded with distribution of certificates. The college plans to conduct more specialised trainings to benefit dairy farmers and entrepreneurs in the future. —TNS