How tradition constrains progress towards the development of the dairy industries of southern Asia
Abstract, Broadening Horizons, 2017 June
With increasing per capita consumption of milk and other dairy products throughout developing countries, virtually every country in southern Asia is seeking to increase its domestic production of raw milk. This task seems easier in certain countries as smallholder dairy (SHD) farmers understand that improved farming practices are the key to increasing per cow and per herd daily milk yields and per farm profitability. The dairy industries in southern Asia can be split up into two types, namely those that have been established for many centuries and those that are relatively new. Examples of established dairy industries can be found in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh whereas newer dairy industries are becoming more prominent in many South East Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand.