Covid-19: Milk supply chain disrupted in Maharashtra

Out of one.19 crore litre everyday milk generation in the State, 47 lakh litre is remaining unsold putting milk producer farmers less than immense distress. Farmer organisations have demanded that the State govt need to deliver money help to milk producers.

The State has about 46 lakh milk producer farmers and milk dairies which acquired milk at ₹33-34 litre have diminished the procurement rate to ₹18-19 for each litre following the Covid-19 outbreak.

“About 86 lakh litre milk is bought in pouches. But owing to lockdown, this provide has appear down to 67 lakh litre for each day. The State govt is paying for 5 lakh litre milk to assistance farmers but nevertheless, there is 47 lakh litre surplus milk. This has affected procurement rate and has extra immense burden on farmers” explained previous MP and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) leader Raju Shetti.

A cow milk producer farmer bears the charge of about ₹27-28 to deliver just one-litre milk and the similar is remaining bought at ₹16-seventeen for each litre following recurrent lockdowns because March. SSS will start a just one-day agitation on Tuesday (July 21) to thrust for the demand trying to get assistance to milk producer farmers. SSS experienced sought a govt grant of ₹5 for each litre for farmers.

Milk producer farmers have also opposed the Centre’s selection allowing for milk powder imports less than Tariff Price Quota (TRQ). According to farmers’ organisation fifty, 000 tonne milk powder quota exists in Maharashtra, and the Centre’s selection would more deteriorate the disaster.

The Union Ministry of Finance not long ago exempted imports of milk and cream in powder, granules or in other stable types into India less than the TRQ amount. The notification will allow 10,000 tonnes of imports for the fiscal with 15 for each cent tariff on imported amount.

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