Researchers from Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and GEA Milking & Dairy Farming visit India between April 2 and April 9 to collaborate with Indian family-dairy farmers, entrepreneurs and researchers to develop innovative concepts for the Indian dairy sector. In the project, ten Dutch companies and eight Indian farmers collaborate with Van Hall Larenstein and Saxion Universities of Applied Sciences and the Agricultural College of Agricultural Development Trust, Baramati, India. The goal of the project is to adapt Dutch technology and knowledge to the circumstances of Indian family farmers. During the trip the project members will have a full program with Indian stakeholders and experts.

Background of the project
Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences is working since 2011 with the college and the information Centre KVK of Agricultural Development Trust Baramati in Pune district. With this project KVK will help family farmers to scale up from 10-40 cows to 80-100 cows, with a higher production and quality. Van Hall Larenstein and Saxion Universities of Applied Sciences and several Dutch companies want, to develop in this innovative project: integrated solutions for the expanding dairy farms in the state of Maharashtra, Pune district in India.

In the same time, the project will create new opportunities for exporting knowledge and technology for the participating Dutch companies. Both Dutch and Indian students and researchers of the participating universities are involved in the project. The project is funded by the Dutch organization for Applied research, SIA-RAAK.