Agro-Food Processing

The programme aimed at demonstrating technology interventions to improve genetic quality of dairy livestock, processing, productivity, quality and value-addition including extending shelf-life of perishable products, post harvest processing and waste utilization, adoption of new technologies etc.

A. Increasing productivity & quality of milk production systems

(In Punjab, Andhra Pradesh & West Bengal)

  • Commissioned and demonstrated clean milk production facilities like bulk milk coolers, automatic milk collection units, steel milking cans etc.
  • Farmer level milking parlour, village level community milking parlour,  & mobile milking machines for remote villages 
  • Demonstrated clean milk production practices along with providing hygiene kits

Based on the above interventions following results accrued to the advantage of farmers

  • Increase in clean milk yield by 9–20% 
  • Reduced bacterial count from over 1 crore cfu/ml to about 1 lakh cfu/ml.
  • Saving of 2-3% milk, from getting acidic
  • Reduction in spillage accruing to saving by 0.25 – 0.5%
  • Premium for clean milk produced: Rs.0.30 – 0.50/ litre

B. Value-added products/ processing

(Bulandshahar, Uttar Pradesh)

Some salient achievements are as follows :

  • Manufacturing vacuum packed paneer with enhanced shelf-life from 7 days to 21 days
  • Commercial production of flavoured whey drink as a probiotic  product having a shelf life of 4 to 7 days, with technology developed by NDRI, Karnal 

C. Genetic improvement of dairy livestock


Some salient achievements are as follows:

  • Established and standardized embryo transfer (ET) technology for Indian dairy livestock; overall conception rate  through ET increased from 24.32% to 32.32%
  •  Performance of calves born through ET (1st Generation ET cow) & ~3,000 litre/year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (2nd generation ET cow)
  • Breeding bulls:  ET bulls produced more than 4 lakh semen doses
  • Bull mothers: Milk yield increased from about 800 litre/year (field cow) to ~ 1,600 litre/year)