New Delhi, January 04, 2018: Dairy cooperatives increased milk procurement by 20.4% in November from a year earlier, the agriculture ministry said. The price of milk procured in that month was 4.7% higher, the ministry said.
Stocks of skimmed milk powder were at 1.16 lakh tonnes and are expected to touch 2 lakh tonnes by the end of March. Domestic prices of skimmed milk powder and ghee rose by about 9% and 19%, respectively, in November according to economictimes.indiatimes.com.
Gujarat (Amul), Karnataka (Nandini), Bihar (Sudha), Haryana (Vita), Punjab (Verka) and Uttar Pradesh (PCDF-Parag) have some of the largest dairy cooperatives in the country.
The government has set a target of 255 million tonnes of milk production by 2022 as part of efforts to double the income of farmers, the ministry said. The share of milk procurement by cooperatives is to be doubled to 20% of milk production by 2022.
The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries has advised states to include milk in their mid-day meal and anganwadi schemes. The Department of Food and Public Distribution was requested to consider the inclusion of milk in the public distribution system.