Farmers returning to Goa Dairy from SUMUL: administrator

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Considering the facilities provided by the Goa Dairy and
the recent hike in purchase prices of buffalo and cow milk, around 60 per cent
milk farmers who had diverted to SUMUL have returned to Goa Dairy, claimed the
dairy’s administrator Vilas Naik.

He expressed confidence that over a period of time, all
farmers from the state who are supplying milk to SUMUL will return back to Goa
Dairy.

As per information, within few months after its entry,
SUMUL had managed to procure around 18,000 to 20,000 litres milk per day from
local farmers. Subsequently, the dairy had taken up a number of initiatives and
also revised rates offered to the farmers as well as improved facilities and
fodder supply.

Goa Dairy’s recent move to increase buffalo milk
procurement price for the farmers by Rs 7 and cow milk procurement price by
around Rs 2 has attracted a lot of farmers back to Goa Dairy due to which SUMUL
milk collection in the state has come down to around 8,000 litres per day from
earlier 20,000 litres as per our present assessment, informed senior officials
from the dairy.

Goa Dairy Administrator Vilas Naik stated that various
schemes initiated by it for the farmers through National Dairy Development
Board Fund are working wonders due to which farmers have started supplying milk
to dairy. Along with steel can initiative, Goa Dairy has also proposed bulk
milk cooler, milko tester and 7 other components for the farmers under NDDB and
soon farmers will benefit from them, informed Naik.

“With all these facilities and initiatives to benefit
milk farmers in best possible way, we are confident that all farmers who had
diverted to SUMUL will return back to Goa Dairy soon,” Dr Naik said.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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