Farmers to get Rs. 3 more per ltr of milk

Sakal Times
Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Mumbai: The milk prices may get affected as the State government increased the purchase rate of milk by Rs 3 for farmers. Due to the increase in purchase rate the retail prices of milk may rise in the coming days.

Mumbai: The milk prices may get affected as the State government increased the purchase rate of milk by Rs 3 for farmers. Due to the increase in purchase rate the retail prices of milk may rise in the coming days.

The Maharashtra government on Monday announced a hike in the procurement price of cow and buffalo milk. The government has also decided to link the milk purchase rates with the dearness index for farmers. Most of the supply of milk to cities like Mumbai and Pune comes from cooperative dairies that source it from farmers in the western, north and central Maharashtra.

Mahadeo Jankar, Dairy Development Minister said the government decided to increase the milk rate for farmers by Rs 3. The cow milk will be purchased at Rs 27 instead of Rs 24 and buffalo milk at Rs 36 instead of Rs 33.  “The dairies procuring milk from farmers have to pay the rate decided by the government or the government will take action against them,” Jankar said. He said d the hike in procurement rates will not affect retail prices.

“The payment of the milk will be credited to the farmer’s account through the Direct Beneficiary Transfer (DBT),” he added. Increasing the procurement price of milk was one of the demands of the farmers’ outfits that went on strike recently.

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