Covid-19: As milk prices fall in Maharashtra, dairy farmers feel the squeeze

Dairy farmers in Maharashtra have started to feel the pinch of the lockdown with procurement rates of milk dipping by twenty to 50 per cent. Decline in their earnings also usually means decreased total of feed becoming given to cattle.

Owing to deficiency of need, farmers who utilized to make processed milk solutions these as curd, butter, ghee and khoya as a cottage sector, now sell milk at decreased charges in the industry. Khoya is an intermediary milk item, which is utilized as a uncooked substance for producing classic sweets.

Farmer chief and Basic Secretary (Maharashtra) of All India Kisan Sabha, Ajit Navale, reported that due to the lockdown, milk need from eating places, tea stalls and sweet outlets has occur to a standstill. The Point out Governing administration has confident that 11 lakh litres of excess milk will be procured per working day from farmers by the cooperative dairies for which money would be furnished by the Point out Governing administration. Having said that, it has not translated into extra earnings for the farmers.

Navale reported that right before the lockdown, cow milk was sold by farmers at ₹30 to ₹35 now, it has dipped to ₹20 to ₹22. In some locations, it has even dipped to ₹12 per litre. This milk is becoming procured by private dairies. On the other hand, due to logistics difficulties, animal feed provides have become irregular, main to a significant leap in rates.

Dairy farmer Shankar Dandge from Matola village near Nandura city in Buldhana district sells milk to local clients and dairies, as the renowned Nandura khoya industry has been shut down due to the fact of the pandemic. Right before lockdown, the amount close to Nandura was ₹35 per litre for cow milk now, he is compelled to sell milk at ₹25 per litre.

Dandge reported that daily milk creation from his cows is one hundred litres. The ₹10 dip in rates has translated in per working day losses of ₹1,000 for him. And considering that earnings has declined, the animals too are receiving lesser feed.

Farmer Arpan Sontakke from village Takarkheda Much more, Anjangaon Surji taluk in Amravati district, is also in the similar boat. Milk was becoming procured close to Anjangaon Surji at ₹38 per litre this has now slid to ₹27 per litre. Owing to the losses, he has presently sold 1 cow to another farmer.

Sontakke laments that he just are unable to find the money for to feed the similar quantity of fodder and cattle cake to his cows. Earlier, he utilized to feed a three-kg cattle feed cake, which has now been slashed to one.5 kg due to the fact of decreased earnings from the sale of milk.

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