India’s Dairy Industry Potential
The Australian dairy sector aims to create “a long-term engagement plan” with the Indian dairy industry counterparts. It is predicted that for the latter, demand for dairy products will outpace the supply until 2035. It surely creates many opportunities for cooperation and business relationships.
Australian Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud says that there are “significant opportunities” to expand trade relations with India. The country is projected to be the third-largest economy in the world by 2035 with a population of 1.6 billion citizens. “Consumer demand in India for dairy milk products is expected to outpace supply until 2035 and there will also be enormous demand for value-added milk products,” Mr. Littleproud said.
In 2019 India produced more than 187 million MT of milk in the fiscal year 2019. It was a 6.5% rise over the previous year. The number of milk cows was almost thrice of the entire EU’s cattle. However, the market is highly fragmented and there is a lack of technologies that would allow to efficiently use the raw material. Moreover, recurring floods and droughts make the process of feeding the cattle challenging.