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Raising awareness against adulteration
Saturday, 31/05/2014


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KATHMANDU: Nepal is set to mark World Milk Day tomorrow by raising awareness on the quality of milk. This, especially, in the backdrop of the government’s failure to check rampant sale and distribution of adulterated milk in the market. 

The theme for this year’s World Milk Day is ‘Milk is the First Food for Human’.

The National Dairy Development Board, Department of Livestock Services, Department of Food Technology and Quality Control, Dairy Development Corporation, Nepal Dairy Association, Central Dairy Cooperative Association Limited and Dairy Industries’ Association said the day is expected to be significant to make healthy and safe milk available for all consumers, to help maintain the quality of milk and to ensure nutritional value of the product. 

At a press meet organised in the capital to inform about the day, the organisers laid emphasis on consuming better quality milk. It is also honouring various organisations and personalities working for the quality of milk with awards tomorrow. 

Since 2001, after the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations proposed, June 1 is marked as World Milk Day. According to FAO, the target groups are elderly, women, children, youth and sport professionals and people vulnerable to health problems due to lack of milk in their daily diet.

Nepal has already enacted National Agriculture Policy, Dairy Development Policy, Agribusiness Promotion Policy and Livestock Insurance Policy for the development and promotion of dairy sector. However, poor implementation of the existing laws were not able to attract more investment in the production of milk, the entrepreneurs said. 

According to the organisers, around 12,515,000 cows and buffaloes are reared across the country. Of them, only 2,394,000 cows and buffaloes give milk and 1,680,812 metric tonnes of white stuff is produced annually.

There is a yawning gap between the demand and supply. Only 875,000 litres of milk is supplied per day against its demand of 1,100,000 litres. DDC and private entrepreneurs have been supplying 200,000 litres and 675,000 litres, respectively. 

The status of milk consumption is also not satisfactory in Nepal. On an average, a person consumes 52 litres of milk per annum compared to 57 litres (as per the standard set by the government in Nepal).

Lactic facts

1,680,812 metric tonnes of milk is produced in Nepal annually

There is a yawning gap between the demand and supply of milk. Only 875,000 litres of milk is supplied per day against its demand of 1,100,000 litres

Dairy Developing Corporation and private entrepreneurs have been supplying 200,000 litres and 675,000 litres, respectively

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