Mumbai : Owing to the poor procurement of milk in the state, the Maharashtra Rajya Sahakari Dudh Mahasangh Maryadit (MRSDMM) which runs the Mahanand dairy has decided to increase the purchase rate of milk from Rs 18.50 to Rs 20 per litre, payable to the milk producers spread across the state.
Chairperson of MRSDMM Vaishali Nagwade and Deputy Chairman Rajendra Jadhav announced this in a press conference. Though initially, Mahanand took a stand that due to flood they are getting less milk , after long period of lack of milk, they have finally admitted that they are getting milk from producers.
The milk producers prefer to sell the milk to private bodies rather than Mahanand at a higher rate that caused Mahanand major losses. The decision to increase the prices of milk is a direct result of this problem, it has been found. This forced Mahanand to increase purchase rate.
Mahanand and other milk dairies in state are facing a daily shortfall of 1.25 lakh litres per day that is directly affecting the costs of packaging and the sale of milk also.
Another major reason for this increase is the lack of rainfall in various districts like Marathwada, Sangli etc MRSDMM is an apex Federation of District / Taluka milk producers unions established to implement the Operation Flood programme in the state.
The main objective of MRSDMM is to procure milk from the member milk unions at remunerative rates and distribute the same to the consumers at reasonable rates.