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Thai dairy industry moves forward
The Chiangmai Freshmilk Farm in Lamphun has been a local success story, using biotechnology to increase its ratio of female calves to 70 percent.
The club believes the local industry will be threatened increasingly by cheaper imported dairy products including raw milk and milk powder as free trade agreements expand.
"If Thai dairy farmers lack proper support from the government or fail to adjust themselves, I think the dairy farming occupation might disappear from the country," said Mr. Veerasak. Thai dairy farmers' problems include high production costs, lack of management knowledge, and low prices for their raw milk.
Mr. Veerasak said that better consumer awareness of foods for health would help not only the local dairy industry but other agricultural fields.
Consumers should be educated to the fact that agricultural products are good for their health, he said. When they have sufficient knowledge, they will naturally force agricultural producers to improve their product quality.
"Higher product quality will finally lead to an increase in the purchase prices that consumers are willing to pay," he added.
In order to achieve better farming management, dairy farmers also need to adopt best practices to reduce farm operating costs.
The Thai dairy industry had more room to grow as demand for raw milk was increasing. About 400,000 tons of raw milk are imported yearly
Demand for Thai parent breeding stock is also high from Asean countries as Thai-bred dairy cattle are strong and can survive tropical weather.
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