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German delegation visits NDDB in Anand

A German delegation visited the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) at Anand this week to explore possible avenues of cooperation in the areas of training and development, genomics and product formulation.

The delegation comprising Otto Lattwesen, head of the supervisory board & head of the supervisory board Masterrind, Cooperative Dairy Farmer, Dagmar Bottenbruch, member of the Advisory Board, Consultant on the India Cooperation Project from DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH, Germany among others, met NDDB chairman T Nanda Kumar to discuss about possible avenues of Indo-German cooperation in the areas of training & development, cooperative governance, genomics, sex semen technology and product formulation.

The visit took place between January 18 to 20.

Nanda Kumar said that cooperative dairying is an instrument for socio-economic change and means to create opportunities for substantial employment, additional incomes and more equitable growth. They were impressed with the innovations introduced by NDDB.

An NDDB release here said, “The delegation took keen interest in IDMC Ltd’s (a wholly owned subsidiary of NDDB) units that manufacture dairy equipment and packaging film.”

The team visited Sabarmati Ashram Gaushala, Bidaj (largest state-of-the-art semen station in the country) and Banas Dairy, Palanpur. They also interacted with the beneficiaries of NDDB’s Ration Balancing Programme at Banaskantha.

The German delegation was briefed about the projects on production of High Genetic Merit Bulls through Progeny Testing and Pedigree Selection programme being implemented by Karnataka Milk Federation, Karnataka and Milkfed, Punjab between January 21 and 23.

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