Dedicated to World Milk Day and Mongolia – 50th Anniversary of Admission to FAO, Dairy Asia, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia, GASL, IDF, ICAR-Central Institute on Goats in India, Department of Livestock Services of Bangladesh, (BRIN) National Research and Innovation Agency of Indonesia, China Animal Agriculture Association, Dairy School, Israel Experience jointly organized the Dairy Asia dialogue: goat husbandry and milk production on 30th May 2023.
In the opening, Mr. T.Jambaltseren, State Secretary, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia, and Dr. Vinod Ahuja UN FAO representative, Dr. Manish Kumar Chatli, Director General, Central Institute for Research on Goats in India delivered the speeches.
Moderated by Mr. Batbaatar Bayarmagnai, CEO & coordinator, Dairy Asia secretariat, the joint Dairy Asia dialogue had the following presentations:
-Goat husbandry and milk production in India – Dr. Manish Kumar Chatli, Director General, Central Institute for Research on Goats in India
– Goat husbandry and milk production in China – Dr. Song Yuxuan, Expert, Goat Branch, China Animal Agriculture Association, Professor, Northwest A&F University
– Goat husbandry and milk production in Bangladesh – Dr. Md. Golam Azam, Principal Scientific Officer, Animal Breeding, Department of Livestock Services, Bangladesh
– Goat husbandry and milk production in Indonesia – Dr. Lisa Praharani, (BRIN) National Research and Innovation Agency
– Goat husbandry & milk production, challenges and opportunities in Mongolia – Dr. Ts.Munkhnasan, Head of Division, Department of Livestock production policy implementation and coordination, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia
– Dairy goat farming: knowledge, best experience and good practices in Israel – Dr. Haim Leibovich, Farm advisor, Dairy Consultant, Dairy School, Israel Experience
In the dialogue participated +40 representatives from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Mongolia, China, India, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Kenya, the US, and Italy.
Please kindly see the following presentations:
Goat husbandry plays a crucial role in the rural livelihood, nutrition, food security and local development. Goat is a great animal and raised for its milk, meat, cashmere, and leather. The goat milk accounts for about 2 percent of the world’s total milk production, and Asian countries produce 56 percent of the world’s goat milk supply. Goats are also known as “little cow” or “the poor man’s cow” in some countries in Asia.
The goat milk is considered to be as one of the most nutritious food, and it can be mostly processed are cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream and other products. The goat milk consumption positively impacts public health, and the goat milk market was valued at USD 8.5 billion in 2018, and it is expected to reach USD 11.4 billion by 2026. It will give a great development opportunity to goat husbandry countries in Asia.
Asian countries in goat husbandry and milk production are facing the common challenges with an extreme climate conditions, inefficient production, poor performance of dairy goat, animal diseases, inadequate knowledge and skills of farmers and herders, commercialization, limited market access, lack of extension services, infrastructure and facilities for value addition, financial interventions, poor quality of milk, hygiene and safety.
As a result of the dialogue, a new initiative has been proposed to build a joint working group of Dairy Asia that will be aiming to strengthen a collaborative cooperation of research and development in the Asian countries with a goat husbandry and milk production.