The dairy farmers in Maharashtra have made a decision to observe a one particular-working day strike on August 1, by not sending their milk to the village level milk collection centres. The protest is versus lower procurement costs of cooperative and private dairies.

Framer leaders major the agitation want at least ₹30 per litre level for cow milk and ₹40/litre for buffalo milk, which was remaining compensated in advance of the lockdown.

The strike is a indication of even more escalation of the agitation. About ten times back, dairy farmers in the districts of Ahmednagar, Sangli and Kolhapur had protested by dumping milk on the streets.

Ajit Navale, Standard Secretary ( Maharashtra) of All India Kisan Sabha, explained to BusinessLine that the farmers these days are finding costs as lower as ₹16 in some districts. The private and cooperative dairies are getting milk at lower costs but they are not passing the lower costs to the end people. A large volume of milk by these dairies is remaining transformed into milk powder, which they will finally provide at massive margins, he claimed.

Navale, who is also the convenor of 11 farmers organisations, claimed that variation among the procured level of the dairies and ₹30/litre, which is the demand from customers of the farmers need to be borne by the Condition Governing administration. “For example, if a dairy buys milk at ₹20 then the variation of ₹10 in the sort of subsidy need to go straight to the lender account of the farmers,” he claimed.

Navale claimed that earlier the Maharashtra Governing administration had announced that it would be procuring ten lakh litres per working day but it only procured six lakh litres that too for a constrained time. Soon after August 1, depending on the reaction of the Sena Governing administration, the farmers’ organisations would even more formulate their system.

In Maharashtra, the prolonged lockdown, closure of eating places, tea stalls and confectionery retailers has led to a significant reduction in the usage of milk. On an average, 1.twenty five crore litres of milk is manufactured each and every working day in the Condition.