considering banning export of skimmed milk powder
22 January 2007
Delhi: The Central government is considering banning
exports of skimmed milk powder (SMP).
Agriculture Ministry has already sought information
from all State co-operative dairy federations on their
existing export commitments and stock position of SMP
as well as whole milk powder (WMP).
SMP prices in Delhi are currently ruling at Rs125-126
a kg, against around Rs90 at this time last year. Since
2001-02, prices have doubled to converge towards world
prices in Western Europe are quoting at $3,050-3,200
per tonne free on board, a $950 per tonne jump over
last year. The prices have risen mainly due to drought
conditions in Australia and lower-than-projected milk
volumes in New Zealand, coupled with the phased reduction
in farm subsidies by the EU.
global prices have given a boost to domestic dairies
and farmers and during 2005-06, 47,334 tonnes of SMP
worth Rs420 crore were exported and another 10,903 tonnes
(Rs282 crore) of casein - a milk protein powder concentrate
- was exported.
major SMP/casein exporters include the Delhi-based Sterling
Agro Industries, VRS Foods and Mahaan Proteins, Dynamix
Dairy Industries at Baramati and Cepham Milk Specialities,
Patiala. The co-operative federations in Tamil Nadu
(Aavin), Karnataka (Nandini) and Rajasthan (Saras) also
exports limited quantities of SMP.
country annually produces roughly 1.5 lakh tonnes of
bulk SMP/WMP, with Amul alone accounting for some 40,000
reports on foods/beverages