Covid-19: Milk supply chain disrupted in Maharashtra

Out of one.19 crore litre day by day milk production in the Condition, 47 lakh litre is remaining unsold putting milk producer farmers below enormous distress. Farmer organisations have demanded that the Condition federal government need to provide economical guidance to milk producers.

The Condition has about forty six lakh milk producer farmers and milk dairies which obtained milk at ₹33-34 litre have decreased the procurement cost to ₹18-19 for every litre just after the Covid-19 outbreak.

“About 86 lakh litre milk is bought in pouches. But because of to lockdown, this offer has come down to 67 lakh litre for every day. The Condition federal government is buying five lakh litre milk to support farmers but continue to, there is 47 lakh litre extra milk. This has afflicted procurement cost and has extra enormous load on farmers” reported previous MP and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) leader Raju Shetti.

A cow milk producer farmer bears the expense of about ₹27-28 to produce one-litre milk and the same is being bought at ₹16-17 for every litre just after recurrent lockdowns since March. SSS will start a one-day agitation on Tuesday (July 21) to drive for the demand seeking support to milk producer farmers. SSS experienced sought a federal government grant of ₹5 for every litre for farmers.

Milk producer farmers have also opposed the Centre’s final decision enabling milk powder imports below Tariff Price Quota (TRQ). According to farmers’ organisation 50, 000 tonne milk powder quota exists in Maharashtra, and the Centre’s final decision would even further deteriorate the disaster.

The Union Ministry of Finance recently exempted imports of milk and product in powder, granules or in other reliable types into India below the TRQ amount. The notification enables 10,000 tonnes of imports for the fiscal with 15 for every cent tariff on imported amount.