KGF Funded Research Projects
Project Title: Dairy waste management as renewable source: Lessons dissemination in Nepal.
Project Introduction: Whey is a major waste of dairy industry around the world. For the production of 1 kg of cheese, 10 kg of milk is needed resulting in 9 kg of cheese whey as a waste. Cheese whey is an organic waste which primarily comprises of lactose (4-6 %), proteins (0.8-1%) and other components in trace amount. Globally around 108 tons of cheese whey is produced per year. Due to its high Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) (30–60 g/l) and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) (60–80 g /l), such dairy wastes create significant environmental and ecological problems when directly disposed into water bodies.
Therefore, in the country like Nepal where we lack basic infrastructure for science and technology, inception workshop among dairy industries, interaction and awareness to local dairy farmers, conferences among university students about environmental hazard of dairy waste is need of the hour. This project helps to centralize scattered dairy cooperatives, dairy development centers, and dairy industries onto one platform to make concern on management of waste from above mentioned dairy organizations. It also helps make aware local dairy farmers on how to manage such dairy waste and make community eco-friendly through audio visual approach of teaching. Furthermore, this project aims to bring university students to debate more on renewable energy generation from waste through a conference for greener Nepal tomorrow.