Pune hit with milk shortage as dairies stop milk collection.
Milk is a basic necessity in every house. What happens if the dairies stop collecting milk for a day? The city’s milk supply drops by 30%.
The recent drop in milk supply was due to Swabhimani Shetkari Saghtana’s (SSS) agitation to demand higher support price for the milk they collect. The two main dairies Chitale and Gokul stopped collecting milk for two consecutive days.
Farmers get Rs 17 per litre as the milk cost, while the customer buys the milk at Rs 42 per Litre. The difference has been lost in transit as transportation, processing and dealer cost. (Thinking to move to the village after hearing the cost difference) The Farmer organisations have decided to suspend supply as they are demanding a hike of Rs 5 per litre in its procurement price.
People in Pune began facing shortage during the evening as SSS activists and farmers participating in the agitation stopped milk tankers proceeding to Pune from Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli and Ahmednagar, the main milk producing districts of western Maharashtra.
They speculate that the agitation would intensify further if the government does not take any actions. However, we recommend you store some milk boxes and make sure you get your daily supply of milk and milk products including Chai.
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