Mumbai’s milk supply may take a hit from July 16
Mumbai, July 7: Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader and Swabhimani Paksha MP Raju Shetti on Saturday warned that milk supply to Mumbai would be halted from July 16 if the state government failed to meet their demands.
Shetti has been demanding subsidy on milk for dairy farmers and settlement of arrears for sugarcane farmers.
Speaking to reporters, Shetti demanded Rs 5 per litre as subsidy for dairy farmers to help them tide over the present spate of low procurement prices.
"In case the government failed to adhere to our request, we would stop the supply of milk to Mumbai from July 16," he announced.
Most dairies are paying farmers between Rs 17 and Rs 22 per litre for milk with 3.5 per cent fat and 8.5 per cent solid not fat. Recently, Gokul - the Kolhapur Cooperative Milk Union - had reduced its procurement price from Rs 25 to Rs 23 per litre in view of the mounting losses.
Mumbai gets its milk supply from Kolhapur and Sangli districts, where Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana has a strong presence, so if the state government doesn't take the warning seriously then Mumbaikar will have to wake up every morning without milk.