The Bhagwant Mann government of Punjab has given permission to the dairy farmers (Dairy FarmersA big decision has been taken in favor of The state government has increased the price of milk procurement by Rs 55. For the past few days, the cattle owners have been continuously demanding an increase in the price of milk purchase. He said that the prices of all the products from fodder to animal use have increased significantly in the recent past. In such a situation, selling milk at the current rate is incurring a loss. On Tuesday, the state government increased the price of milk purchase on the demands of the cattle owners.
Punjab Cooperation Minister Harpal Singh Seema announced an increase of Rs 55 in milk procurement price for dairy farmers based on per kg of milk fat. The decision was taken after a meeting with a delegation of dairy farmers. The minister said that the increase in the purchase price of milk will not affect its retail prices.
were demanding an increase of Rs 100
Dairy farmers under the aegis of Progressive Dairy Farmers’ Association (PDFA) staged a protest in Mohali on May 21, demanding an increase in the price of milk procurement at public sector milk plants. The farmers were demanding an increase of Rs 100 per kg in the purchase price on the basis of milk fat. However, the government has increased the price of milk procurement by Rs 55 per kg of fat.
PDFA President Daljit Singh Sadarpura said that the prices of milk have not increased in the last two years while the cost of milk production has almost doubled. He said that the price of soybean has increased from Rs 3,200 per quintal a year ago to Rs 7,200 per quintal. Similarly, the prices of other commodities have also gone up, causing huge losses to the dairy sector. Frustrated by not getting proper returns, many dairy farmers have started selling their cattle. He said that the Kovid-19 epidemic badly affected the dairy sector as well.
Milkfed has also increased the price
Earlier, Milkfed had announced to increase the milk purchase price being paid to farmers by Rs 20 per kg fat from May 21. Milkfed has already increased by Rs 50 per kg in March this year. Milkfed’s Managing Director Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said that milk production is the main business of the rural population after agriculture to improve their economic condition by giving better prices to the milk producers. He claimed that Milkfed is already paying higher milk purchase price to its milk producers than other neighboring states.