Vegetable prices may have slowly started decreasing, but other food products, including cereals, pulses, spices and milk may only give comfort for a while. The expectation is that August inflation could be in the range of 6.5 to 7.2 per cent. Data from Consumer Affairs Ministry tabled in Parliament showed divergent price trends for various food products in different States. The North Eastern States are seeing higher prices for many of the products. The Southern States follow close behind. The sowing of Kharif, the impact of fodder prices, and the spice price situation not looking so good.
Dairy prices crashed to their lowest levels in nearly five years at the Global Dairy Trade auction overnight, led by a 10.9 per cent fall in the price of whole milk powder. The average price fell 7.4 per cent to US$2875 a tonne. Prices for skim milk powder and butter also fell 5.2 per cent and 3 per cent respectively. From a macroeconomic perspective, there isn’t any indication that supply is easing anytime soon, and with less confidence in Chinese buying power, there’s very little to indicate a lift in commodity prices in the near future.
India is making strides towards achieving the target of net zero carbon emissions by 2070 through many initiatives. These include areas like solar energy, Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE), green hydrogen, electric vehicles (EVs), waste-to-wealth, organic and natural farming. India is also launching a domestic compliance carbon market to facilitate the trading of carbon credits. The animal husbandry sector contributes to global warming due to the emission of greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide. Methane, produced through enteric fermentation and animal waste storage, has a global warming potential 28 times more than carbon dioxide. Nitrous oxide has a global warming potential 265 times more than carbon dioxide. In India, enteric fermentation accounts for 28% of the total food system emissions. India must prioritise producing more milk per unit of methane emitted. Animals should get high-quality and enough feed and methane emission mitigation strategies should be implemented.
The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has instructed the Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Ltd., which owns the Aavin brand, to remove 150 tonnes of plastic waste that accumulated on the premises of its Ambattur dairy. It comprises used crates, butter cartons, milk sachets, damaged plastic bottles and ice cream containers. The milk federation was asked to provide details on the quantity of waste generated and disposed of in the past three years, details of plastic waste collector, plastic material supplier, action plans to remove the accumulated plastic and to handle waste in a closed shed. The TNPCB asked the federation to apply and obtain Extended Producers’ Responsibility registration.
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), along with Milkfed Punjab and National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) Anand, will conduct a collaborative study on the utilisation of paddy straw silage in the ration of dairy animals to overcome the problem of paddy straw burning in the state. Enzymes and lactobacillus culture can be used to conserve green paddy stubbles just after combined harvesting.
The Maharashtra government has admitted that Mahanand Dairy, once a profitable state government undertaking, is facing an existential crisis, while the cooperative milk sector is in a tight spot as a fallout of aggressive marketing undertaken by private players. The private sector’s share in the State’s milk business has risen sharply, with the use of modern marketing techniques. In 2021-22, the average daily milk collection by the government and co-operative dairies in Maharashtra were 0.39 lakh litres and 40.25 lakh litres respectively, compared to 0.50 lakh litres and 40.43 lakh litres respectively in 2020-21. Private dairies in Maharashtra collect over 123-127 lakh kg of milk per day (LKPD). The government has constituted a committee to ensure qualitative growth in the cooperative milk sector.
If you add ghee to your daily milk, you can get benefits like improved nutrient digestion and absorption. It will also benefit your joint health and cognitive support. It will also bring the glow to your skin.