Ludhiana 31 July 2020-The Department of Dairy Technology, College of Dairy Science & Technology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana organized two days National Webinar on ‘Pre-Mid-Post Covid-19 Challenges of Dairy Farmers/ Entrepreneurs’ under RKVY Project entitled “Enhancing Profitability of Farmers through Value Addition and Entrepreneurship Development."

Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU congratulated the organizing committee members for selecting an important topic for the benefit of farmers in COVID 19 critical period.

Dr JPS Gill, Director of Research and Dr.S.K.Uppal, Dean, CODST emphasized the opportunities of value addition of milk and milk products for a steady and firm income source to the entrepreneurs during this lockdown period.

The webinar was in concurrent with the National e-Brainstorming session. Dr. S. Sivakumar, Head, DT and Organizing Secretary welcomed the participants and experts. The sessions were coordinated by Co-Organizing Secretary Dr. Sunil Kumar and Rapporteurs Dr. Rekha Chawla and Mr. Venus Bansal. 18 participants from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu attended this National webinar.

During the first day of National Webinar, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, from SGIDT, BASU, Patna delivered an interactive talk on ‘Employment opportunities and enhancing the farmers’ income through value addition of traditional and fermented dairy products.

Dr. Atanu Jana from SMC College of Dairy Science, AAU, Anand discussed the opportunities for value addition to ice cream & frozen desserts. The farmers and entrepreneurs were also made aware about the strategies to overcome recent challenges in dairy animal management by Dr. Sandeep Kaswan, GADVASU and about Women Empowerment strategies in dairying by Dr. K Poonusamy, Principal Scientist, Dairy Extension Division, ICAR-NDRI, Karnal. Two more interactive sessions on FSSAI registration/ licensing need for the dairy entrepreneurs by Mr. Venus Bansal and key points for establishment and management of mini dairy processing unit by Dr. S Sivakumar were also held. The entrepreneurs addressed various problems and were provided instant solutions by the expert panel during the forum. Dr. Sunil Kumar, Co-Organizing Secretary, extended the vote of thanks to Officers, participants, experts and the members of the project team for making this event a success.