Lahore, September 21, 2017 (PPI-OT): Dairy Farms may increase their milk production up to 50% by housing the Cows in environment controlled Sheds. It was observed by the experts while speaking at a one day Seminar organized by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) on “Environment Controlled Dairy Sheds”. The speakers included Dr. Aleem Bhatti, a renowned expert on Dairy Development, Dr. Adnan Ali, Manager SMEDA on Dairy and Live Stock Services, Dr. Naveed-ul-Haque, Assistant Professor Nutrition, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Ms. Naureen Anjum, Manager SMEDA for Livestock Feasibility Studies and Mr. Yahya Wahla, Financing Expert of Bank al Falah.
The seminar was attended by a large number of representatives from academia, industry and dairy sector. Dr. Adnan Ali said that the dairy farmers, in Pakistan, have to face a hard challenge due to a drastic decline in milk production in the summer season, which some time make their business unviable. He told that the neighbouring countries have overcome this challenge by maintaining environmentally controlled sheds. He advised the local dairy farmers to create an animal friendly controlled environment in the sheds by installing tunnel ventilation system along with insulation of walls and roofs.
The maintenance of such sheds furnished with the storm fans costs very nominal investment, but it increases the milk production from 40% to 50%, he said adding that the dairy sector in Pakistan can enhance the total milk production from 5 crore liters to 10 crores of Liters, thus raising the total income of this sector from US Dollar 12 Billion to US Dollar 24 billion by adopting the concept of environment controlled sheds.
Dr. Aleem Bhatti, in his address, emphasized to maintain the Sheds’ temperature between 25-28 Degree Centigrade to overcome the breeding problems as well as having increased milk from the cows. He also suggested to synchronize the breeding of the cows housed in a shed so as to get them pregnant in a single group.
Dr. Naveedul Haque of UVAS said that the farmers should arrange dense food bearing 24% ingredients of protein with at least 3500 kilo calories, which will help them have at least 40 liters of milk per animal in the summer’s heat season provided the cows are kept in the controlled environment. Ms. Naureen Anjum of SMEDA observed that dairy sector was a high potential area for investment. Having an average of 30 liters milk per animal and selling it at the rate of Rs. 60 per liter, an investor can get the total investment back within a period of 4 years only, she said.
It is notable that currently, the number of environment controlled sheds in Pakistan can be counted on finger tips. But, SMEDA Dairy Experts claim that by promoting this concept, the dairy sector can double the milk production in next 5 to 10 years, as a result of which the milk prices will go down and dairy industry’s revenues would raise from US Dollar 12 billion to US Dollar 24 billion by also generating employments for about one million people in Pakistan. The participants highly applauded SMEDA initiative to hold a seminar on such an important subject, which has vital significance for an agricultural country like Pakistan.
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