Published:  01:07 AM, 29 June 2019

Increase capacity of Milk Vita to be self-sufficient in dairy sector

Increase capacity of Milk Vita to be self-sufficient in dairy sector

Kanij Fatema

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman established the state-owned milk production company Milk Vita in 1974, aiming to help farmers by collecting their locally produced milk and selling them to urban people. Although the company is now occupying 70 percent of the local dairy market, the purpose was not served very well as we are not self-sufficient in dairy production. In this situation, we have to depend on imported milk power.

But the government has proposed to increase the import duty on milk power. If the proposal is approved in the parliament, the price of powder milk will naturally increase. To cope up with the situation, capacity and quality of Milk Vita should be raised. Milk Vita should sign more MoUs with different renowned dairy farms from developed countries as they did with Arla Food from Denmark, aiming to improve Quality of Bangladeshi dairy products to European standard, throughout the value chain from raw milk production to the end consumer.

They also aim to provide training of the dairy farmers and industry personnel. By signing MoUs, delegation of the state-run entity can visit different foreign farms to know more about their respective technologiesas they visited the Arla Food's farm in Denmark. They can exchange knowledge to improve the co-operative dairy model and to increase the yield per cow in Bangladesh. If Milk Vita can fulfill their establishment purposes, we will be self-efficientin dairy production.

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