PUNE: The Panjabrao Deshmukh Agricultural University in Akola, one of the prominent agriculture institutions in the country, will install a modern and high-tech dairy farm for the processing of milk collected from indigenous species of cow. The move, according to the university, is to promote breeding of the indigenous variants and to promote self-reliance in farmers.
The university plans to domesticate 200 cows in a specially designed area in the varsity. The milk from the cows will be collected and processed in the new processing unit which will include high-end milk processing machinery and practices. The processed products from the milk will then be sold under a new brand that will be used as the retail identity. The dairy development department of the university will handle the whole project.
The current stock of 200 cows in the university, produce 125 litres of milk. This milk is consumed by the students and staff on the campus and surplus milk is sold to the citizens of Akola. But this dairy farm project will streamline the milk produce and create a proper retail ready product from the milk. And 200 more cows will be purchased for the project.
Vice Chancellor Vilas Bhale said, “The indigenous cows which will be bought and conserved include varieties like the Pakistani Tharparkar, Gir, Sahiwal and others. The brand planning and creation for the retailing of the milk are currently in progress and soon will be finalised. Also, the modern cowshed required to achieve the quality for the branding is being constructed.”