Ahead of the festival, Amul has increased the price of full-cream milk and buffalo milk by Rs 2 per litre in all states except Gujarat. This has dampened the festive mood.
While prices of other essential items are already soaring, the rise in milk prices will only add to the woes of common people. This is the third hike by Amul this year.
The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) which markets milk and other dairy products under the Amul brand, announced the third hike on October 15. With this, the prices of full-cream milk increased from Rs 61 per litre to Rs 63 per litre. Earlier, it had increased the price in August and March this year.
Following a hike in prices of Amul milk, Mother Dairy also announced a hike in prices of full cream milk and cow milk by Rs 2 per litre in Delhi-NCR and some parts of north India.
According to the Milk Distribution Association, Thane, the rising cost of transportation, and cattle foods among others are pushing the price. Ram Patil, a senior member of the association said that in the last year, the cost of transportation has increased due to the rise in diesel prices. In addition, the special nutritious supplements given to cattle for more milk have become costly. “A number of factors are responsible for the price rise. A part of the price also goes to farmers. But there is a need to check the cooperatives with which farmers are attached and whether they are passing the benefits of price rise to the farmers or not,” said Patil.
However, the rise in milk prices has certainly dampened the mood ahead of the festival. Sushmitha Rajan, a resident of Nerul says that she is still buying vegetables that have become out of reach for middle-class families. “There is no respite for housemakers. It has become difficult managing the budget with the rising prices,” she said.
Here's what people had to say on the price rise:
Sheetal Ajay Kamble, Railway Colony, Juinagar, Navi Mumbai
The constant rise in milk prices is impacting the household budget. Since there is no corresponding increase in salary, the constant rise of essential commodities is eating out the budget reserved for other purposes. Surprisingly, the well-known brand spared Gujarat from the hike.
Akshay Kalbag, a residence of Majiwada, Thane
My personal consumption of milk is very low. However, I believe that the constant increases in the price of milk will affect the common man, and particularly families with children, who consume large quantities of milk. Even the timing of this price hike is not ok, because we are just days away from the festive season, which is when large quantities of dairy products will be used to make sweets.
Anurag More, a residence of Badlapur
If there is a constant rise in packaged milk prices, I am sure, customers will switch to other brands or milk from local dairies. An increase in any basic commodities price impacts the life of the common person.