| A vendor sells milk on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Dec. 3: City residents today heaved a sigh of relief that a glass of milk is not going to burn holes in their pockets.
The price of loose milk that was supposed to rise to Rs 42 a litre in the market has gone down after the Brihattar Guwahati Go-Palak Sanstha reduced the price at the site of production by Rs 3 — from Rs 39 a litre to Rs 36 .
The Sanstha decided to cut the price of milk at the site of production following a discussion with the All Guwahati Milk Traders’ Association last evening.
The milk traders refused to pay Rs 39 for a litre of milk to dairy farmers after they increased the price from Rs 33 as consumers were not ready to buy milk from the traders at a higher price.
The milk traders had even gone on strike refusing to distribute milk on Saturday. After the price was reduced to Rs 36 a litre, they decided to resume their duties.
While the milk traders will sell milk to the public at Rs 40 a litre now, those buying milk directly from the dairy farmers will be charged Rs 39 a litre.
“We had a discussion with the All Guwahati Milk Traders’ Association on Sunday. The milk traders told us about the problems they faced in selling milk if the price was hiked. We also took into consideration the opinion of the consumers and decided to decrease the price of milk at the site of production by Rs 3. Today, the dairy farmers sold milk to the traders charging Rs 36 a litre. However, we will also be selling loose milk directly to the public and will charge Rs 39 a litre. This will include the cost of transporting the milk from the dairy farms to the city,” the adviser to the Brihattar Guwahati Go-Palak Sanstha, Mridupaban Baishya, said.
“We will also issue identity cards to our members who will be distributing milk and we will ensure that our product is of superior quality. But we cannot ensure the quality of milk that will be distributed by milk traders after buying from us,” Baishya said.
The general secretary of the All Guwahati Milk Traders’ Association, Ganga Sarma, said: “If we have to pay Rs 39 a litre to them, we will have to charge more from our customers, who in turn directly refuse to buy milk from us at a higher price. This way we will incur huge losses. But we are ready to pay Rs 36 per litre of milk to the dairy farmers. We will sell milk to our customers for Rs 40 a litre from today, but restaurants and sweet shops which purchase milk from us in large quantities will be charged the wholesale price of Rs 38 a litre.”