Dairy farmers in Maharashtra have started to experience the pinch of the lockdown with procurement prices of milk dipping by twenty to 50 per cent. Decline in their earnings also usually means decrease quantity of feed currently being supplied to cattle.

Because of to absence of demand, farmers who made use of to make processed milk merchandise this kind of as curd, butter, ghee and khoya as a cottage marketplace, now promote milk at decrease rates in the sector. Khoya is an middleman milk products, which is made use of as a raw content for generating regular sweets.

Farmer leader and Normal Secretary (Maharashtra) of All India Kisan Sabha, Ajit Navale, mentioned that owing to the lockdown, milk demand from eating places, tea stalls and sweet stores has come to a standstill. The Condition Federal government has certain that eleven lakh litres of surplus milk will be procured per day from farmers by the cooperative dairies for which funds would be presented by the Condition Federal government. Having said that, it has not translated into additional earnings for the farmers.

Navale mentioned that right before the lockdown, cow milk was offered by farmers at ₹30 to ₹35 currently, it has dipped to ₹20 to ₹22. In some spots, it has even dipped to ₹12 per litre. This milk is currently being procured by personal dairies. On the other hand, owing to logistics troubles, animal feed materials have become irregular, major to a sizeable jump in prices.

Dairy farmer Shankar Dandge from Matola village near Nandura town in Buldhana district sells milk to community clients and dairies, as the well known Nandura khoya sector has been closed down since of the pandemic. Prior to lockdown, the charge about Nandura was ₹35 per litre for cow milk currently, he is forced to promote milk at ₹25 per litre.

Dandge mentioned that day by day milk generation from his cows is a hundred litres. The ₹10 dip in prices has translated in per day losses of ₹1,000 for him. And since earnings has declined, the animals also are receiving lesser feed.

Farmer Arpan Sontakke from village Takarkheda Far more, Anjangaon Surji taluk in Amravati district, is also in the similar boat. Milk was currently being procured about Anjangaon Surji at ₹38 per litre this has now slid to ₹27 per litre. Because of to the losses, he has now offered one particular cow to an additional farmer.

Sontakke laments that he just simply cannot afford to feed the similar amount of fodder and cattle cake to his cows. Earlier, he made use of to feed a a few-kg cattle feed cake, which has now been slashed to 1.5 kg since of decrease earnings from the sale of milk.

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