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India 39 s dairy exports projected to remain flat in 2016 USDA

Due to high domestic consumption India s dairy exports are expected to remain flat at 30 000 tonnes nextrn

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India's dairy products (non-fat dry milk) exports are projected to remain flat at 30,000 tonnes next year on expectations of high global supplies and low prices, according to a latest USDA report.

The country's milk output may increase by 4.8 percent to 154 million tonnes assuming a normal monsoon in 2016, while domestic consumption of milk is forecast to rise by 5 percent to 62.75 million tonnes in the same period, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.

"Overall dairy exports (from India) are minimal due to high domestic consumption. Due to rising incomes, urbanisation and other demographic shifts, demand has increased for more value-added dairy products," it added.

Due to slow export pace, the country's non-fat dry milk (NFDM) export are revised down to 30,000 tonnes for 2015.

India's fluid milk production is estimated to increase by 4.8 percent to 154 million tonnes next year assuming a normal monsoon. The combined buffer and ghee output is estimated to rise by 3 percent to 5.2 million tonnes in 2016 on rising domestic demand due to population growth and demographic shifts.

The domestic milk consumption is also estimated to rise by 5 percent to 62.75 million tonnes on population growth in the said period, it added.  

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