Brazilian market ready to welcome Indian dairy products

New Delhi: India and Brazil are discussing a proposal to open the Brazilian market to Indian dairy products, including camel milk and specialty cheeses, two senior officials from the two countries said.

The two governments are collaborating on this initiative, following Brazil’s recent opening to Indian millet exports.

The proposed partnership also envisages the establishment of a center of excellence at Amreli, Gujarat, to boost milk production and improve herd quality.

“There is a sector in Brazil that wants to import camel milk and we are discussing this trade from India to Brazil in terms of camel milk. Some people in Brazil want to import other dairy products like Cazain and some special cheeses, especially yellow cheese,” Brazilian agricultural attaché Angelo de Queiroz Mauricio said in an interview with Mint.

“There is a discussion about the creation of two twinned cities. One is in Uberaba, Brazil, which is the very center of dairy cytogenetics in Brazil, and Amberli, Gujarat, a joint project to establish a zebu research institute in both countries to promote milk production and improve the quality of the herd,” Mauricio added.

Other plans include the creation of a research institute in India, with cooperation from Brazil. This project will involve the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), the Indian Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) and the embassy, ​​with a committee overseeing its progress, he added.

Questions sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commerce, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Departments remained unanswered at press time.

India and Brazil share close and multifaceted relations, both bilaterally and in plurilateral forums such as BRICS, BASIC, G-20, G-4, IBSA, International Solar Alliance, alongside the UN, the WTO and UNESCO. The two countries have been strategic partners since 2006 with several memorandums of understanding, including an agreement on the development of livestock, particularly dairy products.

Trade relations between the two countries have been growing steadily with the aim of increasing bilateral trade to $50 billion by 2030, Commerce Secretary Sunil Barthwal said last October.

In 2023, bilateral trade in major products, including agricultural products, between India and Brazil amounted to $11.5 billion compared to $15.1 billion a year ago, according to embassy data from Brazil. In 2021-22, India imported nearly $1.5 billion worth of agricultural products from Brazil, but exported only $71 million.

Indian imports of vegetable oil, sugar and pulses have largely contributed to this trade imbalance. India exports spices and processed vegetables in much smaller quantities to Brazil. This proposed initiative in dairy trade is seen as a step towards correcting this trade imbalance and strengthening bilateral cooperation.

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Published: January 29, 2024, 5:17 PM IST

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