Lockdown: After dip in milk sales, Maharashtra govt steps in to help dairy farmers


Written by Parthasarathi Biswas
| Pune |

Published: March 31, 2020 5:50:10 pm





Since the beginning of the nationwide lockdown to include the unfold of COVID-19, dairies throughout the nation have been reporting a pointy dip in milk gross sales
The Maharashtra authorities has determined to procure 10 lakh liters of milk per day to help dairies tide over the steep drop in gross sales reported due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunil Kedar, minister for animal husbandry, fisheries and dairy growth mentioned the state authorities plans to create a buffer inventory of Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) with the milk procured.

Since the beginning of the nationwide lockdown to include the unfold of COVID-19, dairies throughout the nation have been reporting a pointy dip in milk gross sales as institutional patrons in the type of inns, eating places, tea retailers, candy marts remained closed.

Also, ice cream gross sales have dipped as a fallout of social media messages which linked the frozen desert with the illness. Dairies in Mahrashtra claimed that round 10 lakh liters out of the 1 crore liters collected per day remained unsold each day.

For dairies that are primarily into commodities, the sharp correction in SMP costs from Rs 340 per kg to the current Rs 250/- per kg had led to most of the personal dairies to both declare a group vacation or slash procurement value of milk for his or her farmers. Many of the dairies who have been paying Rs 31-32 per liter of milk with 3.5 per cent fats and eight.5 per cent Solid-Not-Fat(SNF) are actually paying nearly Rs 20 to their farmers.

Kedar mentioned the state authorities could be procuring the surplus milk on the government-declared value of Rs 25 per liter. Dairies that are procuring milk from farmers at this or larger value could be eligible for the scheme. ”The extra milk could be transformed into SMP which might be offered on-line at a later date,” he mentioned.

The dip in gross sales hit most of the dairies who’ve began changing their extra milk into SMP. The Kolhapur district cooperative milk union-brand Gokul- has began changing round 3-3.15 lakh liters of their procured 12 lakh liters every day assortment into SMP day by day. Other dairies have additionally adopted swimsuit. The creation of the buffer inventory would, they are saying, help them in bettering their liquidity ranges.

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