Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ ‘Dairy Asia Perspective’ consultative meeting was held on October 7 to mark the 60th anniversary of Mongolia’s accession to the United Nations.
Activities and objectives of the Dairy Asia Secretariat, and the current state of Mongolia’s dairy industry and projects underway were discussed at the meeting co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Dairy Asia Secretariat.
Mongolia has a capacity to produce over 900 million liters of milk per year.
Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry Z.Mendsaikhan emphasized in his remarks during the meeting, “Milk and dairy products are crucial to the growth and development of children. As children under 18 years old make up 40 percent of Mongolia’s population, we need to develop intensive dairy production, protect public health, and ensure food security,”
The Minister also noted that though domestic dairy producers have been introducing international standards and advanced technologies, there are stell pressing issues including leveraging the industry’s capacity, removing the seasonality of milk supply, increasing milk yields, certifying the milk quality, and ensuring product safety event .
The Agriculture Ministry is focusing on long-term development of the industry, stabilizing the income of herders and farmers and improving their quality of life, strengthening the dairy value chain, creating a raw material supply system, and increasing the production of export and import replacement products.
During the consultative meeting, the Dairy Council at the Mongolian Food Producers’ Association organized an event to promote the dairy industry of Mongolia and local dairy products. The meeting brought together representatives from the diplomatic missions in Mongolia including Ambassadors, international and regional organizations, and ministries, agencies and dairy associations of Mongolia.
Dairy Asia currently has 13 member countries including Mongolia, Thailand, China, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Philippines, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Vietnam.