The milk prices will soar in all major markets of the country including Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, West Bengal, Kolkata, Uttaranchal, Maharashtra among others from Tuesday onwards.
The revised MRP of 500 ml pack of Amul Gold in Ahmedabad market will be Rs 27, Amul Shakti Rs 25, Amul Taaza Rs 21 and Amul Diamond Rs 28.
“There has been no change in cow milk prices in Gujarat. It may be noted that the consumer prices of milk were revised 2 years back in March 2017,” a release issued by GCMMF stated.
According to GCMMF officials, the national and international dairy markets have witnessed adverse conditions since the last two years. Due to this, there has been a steep decline in the prices of commodities such as skimmed milk powder and butter oil which had resulted into decline in producer prices of milk across India leading to adverse impact on milk producers.
“The milk cooperatives of Gujarat however continued to pay remunerative prices of milk to its producers and the average final price of milk paid to our producers has increased from Rs 710 per kg fat in 2017-18 to Rs 730 per kg fat in 2018-19,” the release states.
The milk prices are being hiked due to increase in price of major cattle feed ingredients such as de-oiled rice bran, rice polish fine, molasses, maize which has resulted in increase in the cattle feed price by over 15%.
“Similarly, the rate of green fodder has seen hike of more than 100% in this summer,” GCMMF’s chairman Ramsinh Parmar told TOI.
“For the milk producers, the milk purchase prices paid must cover various input costs such as feed and fodder cost, labourer cost, cost of veterinary treatment and profits for running livelihood of their family,” he said.
“Considering increase in the cost of milk production, all member milk unions of Gujarat have increased milk purchase price by a minimum of Rs 30-50 per kg fat over the last few months. This will motivate our milk producers to keep inducting new animals and to keep producing milk and support their livelihood,” he said.
“As a cooperative, we (Amul), pass on almost 80 paise of every rupee paid by consumers to the milk producers. This increase in milk prices by Rs 2 per liter has happened after a gap of two years with an aim to provide remunerative milk purchase price to our milk producers owing to drop in milk production and increase in the cost of production,” said GCMMF’s managing director R S Sodhi.