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National Dialogue at DUVASU Inspires Hope and Progress for Dairy Farmers

On April 9th, 2024, the National Academy of Dairy Science (Indian) orchestrated a momentous gathering during the VIII Convocation at U.P. Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwa Vidhyalaya Evam Gau Anusandhan Sansthan, Mathura. The event, themed “Bringing Smiles to Dairy Farmers,” served as a platform for profound discussions and visionary insights aimed at uplifting the dairy farming community.


Dr. A K Srivastava, President of NADSI and VC of DUVASU, led the proceedings, accompanied by esteemed figures including Dr. Meenesh Shah, Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board, and Dr. R S Sodhi, President of the Indian Dairy Association. Noteworthy members of the NADSI governing council, such as Dr. M S Chauhan and Dr. J B Prajapati, lent their expertise to the dialogue.

The convocation ceremony saw the conferment of 18 NADSI fellowships and 22 Associate fellowships to exemplary practitioners and scientists in the field of Dairy Science. Dr. Meenesh Shah and Dr. R S Sodhi were honored with NADSI fellowships, highlighting their contributions to the sector.

Dr. Shah shared insights into NDDB’s initiatives for farmer betterment, emphasizing seven key challenges that demand attention. Dr. Sodhi illuminated the significance of dairy sector growth, linking it to women empowerment. Dr. Chauhan stressed the need for enhanced productivity and technological integration, while Dr. Prajapati advocated for holistic well-being through health and wealth.


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Distinguished speakers illuminated the path forward, with Dr. Tarun Shridhar, former Secretary of Animal Husbandry, delivering a keynote address that chronicled India’s dairy evolution and underscored global challenges. Mr. Kuldeep Sharma, founder of Suruchi Consultants, eloquently addressed the destiny orientation of farmers, weaving narratives of resilience and empowerment.

Dr. Srivastava’s presidential address extolled the nutritional virtues of milk and its components, emphasizing its role as a superfood. He concluded by reaffirming the collective responsibility of stakeholders in bringing smiles to dairy farmers.

The event culminated with a resounding call to action, echoing the sentiment that the prosperity and happiness of dairy farmers are intertwined with the collective efforts of the dairy community. As attendees departed, they carried with them a renewed sense of purpose and a commitment to fostering sustainable growth in the dairy sector.


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