January 13: Whey is a byproduct formed while manufacturing cheese or cottage cheese. Very few might be aware that this liquid substance has a huge commercial market. In fact, whey worth US$ 4.28 billion (Rs 452.58 billion) was traded worldwide in 2018, according to the ITC Trademap. China alone imported whey worth US$ 633.4 million (Rs 72.83 billion) in the review period.
With its dairy output steadily increasing, Nepal also holds great potential for export of whey. So, it should seriously start devising an export strategy and support the milk and cheese manufacturers with various schemes, grants and subsidies.