24-03-2014 01:55 AM | India

Officialdom killing Indian dairy industry?

The Indian government's tightened norms on importing high milk yielding cattle breeds have forced many large businesses to either shelve, defer or scale down their large integrated dairy farm projects.

Several dairy industry players said animal husbandry officials who encourage dairy farmers to go for indigenous milch breeds, are holding back clearances to import high-yielding livestock, hurting the sector's growth plans. India has close to 30 domestic cow types, including Gir, Ongole, Red Sindhi and Sahiwal. But most big players prefer foreign breeds like Jersey and Holstein Friesian. Imported cow breeds give 1.5-3 times more milk at 25-40 litres a day than the average 10 litres from Indian cows.
Full Story : Economic Times