A research team from Animal Science Faculty of UGM is now developing milk tablet, an alternative to overcome the malnutrition in kids. The Dean of Animal Science Faculty Prof. Tri Yuwanta said on Wednesday (5/11) that the milk tablet is made from regular liquid milk that is compressed to a size of a candy.
The milk tablet also has the same quality nutrition as the regular liquid milk. He also added that milk tablet can be consumed at anytime and anywhere compared to liquid milk that last only 2 hours after it is opened. One liter of liquid milk can be processed into 10 to 15 milk tablets, based on the tabletâ€™s size. This means that consuming 3 to 5 milk tablets a day is enough to fulfill the milk nutrition needed by the body.
Yuwanta explained that in the early research of the milk tablets they used â€˜etawaâ€™ goatâ€™s milk that has 15% higher milk albumin and other mineral content than a regular cow milk. However, the etawa goat only produce 3 to 5 liter of milk a day, compared to a cow that can produce 15 to 20 liter of milk. He said that they are planning to produce milk tablets in 2009 from 100 cow and etawa goat.
The production process will involve breeders from villages. However, he admitted that they still have issues on providing tools needed to prevent fresh milk to rotten in shipment. Currently they are negotiating with BPPHP to provide the expensive tool for breeders.
Tri Yuwanta added the milk tablet can be distributed in any region that needs milk without having to sent fresh milk that can be out of date.
(Public Relations of UGM/Gusti Grehenson)