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Milk price hiked

Nov. 28: The Brihattar Gauhati Go-Palak Sanstha today decided to increase the price of milk by Rs 6 from the current Rs 33 per litre at the site of production. The new price will come into effect from December 1.

The Sanstha claimed to have taken this step to meet increased production costs and cut losses.

It had contemplated on effecting the hike in the middle of this month and had even submitted a memorandum to the state government through the Kamrup (metro) district administration, demanding measures to provide cattle feed to dairy farmers at a subsidised rate through the public distribution system.

There are about 6,000 household dairy farms in and around the city that produce around 1 lakh litres of milk every day. Each farm has around 20 cows.

“In the past month, the price of wheat bran, which is used as cattle feed, has gone up by Rs 100 for every 40kg. The prices of maize and broken rice, too, are increasing. Since the sudden rise in milk price will affect the consumers, we had submitted a memorandum before the deputy commissioner asking the state government to provide us with subsidised cattle feed. But on receiving no response, we have no other option than to increase the price of milk by Rs 6 to cut losses,” said Mridupaban Baishya, adviser to the Sanstha.

“As milk retailers have already increased the price from Rs 35 to Rs 40 per litre early this month, they will not increase the price from December 1,” Baishya added.