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KMF to sell Deoni cow milk, but at a higher cost

Health freaks can soon expect indigenous cow milk from the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) stable. Around 3,000 litres of milk from Deoni cows of four villages in Bhalki taluk in Bidar district will be collected and marketed as a premium brand, and at a higher cost.

The Deoni cow milk is called A2 milk that has health benefits for easy digestion due to the presence of A2 type of beta caesin protein rather than the A1 protein found in the popular Nandini brand of milk.

Deoni cows such as Saigon and Lakhangaon are grazed naturally and are not fed with compounds/ mixtures, and have local germplasm that suits the local environment, sources said and added that the National Dairy Research Institute had suggested popularising A2 milk for its digestible properties.

The sources said that the pilot project is being implemented in Bhalki, coming under the Gulbarga Milk Union, under a Rs. 2-crore Centrally-sponsored project. “We want this to be a model that can be popularised elsewhere as there is a demand for A2 milk for its health benefits. Procurement centres for collection of such milk will be opened,” the source added.

Deoni cows, reared in parts of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Telangana, are at present more of a sentimental value for farmers than for their commercial viability as milk yield is low. “A2 milk fetches a minimum of Rs. 50 a litre in market, which can go up to Rs. 80 a litre that can provide sustainability to farmers,” sources said and added that the proposal before the government is to provide Rs. 10 as support price to these farmers as against a support price of Rs. 4 per litre that the farmer gets now.

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