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JK produces 70 lac litres Milk per day, less than 5% marketted through organised sector

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir produces around 70 Lac litres of milk per day, less than 5 % of total milk produced is routed and marketed through organised sector while rest of the milk is marketed through unorganized sector which compromises its quality as there are is little, if any, regulation enforcement in this sector.

This was stated by Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon in a meeting regarding payment of remunerative prices to dairy farmers by buyers in Cooperative and Private sector.

“Dairy farmers of different districts complained that milk processing companies are paying procurement price of Rs 23 per litre of milk (3.5% fat and 7% SNF) as a result, the farmers are not able to compensate feeding/ management cost of their dairy animals let alone make profits,” he said.

The meeting decided that milk processing companies,cooperative sector,milk vendors shall pay Rs. 30 to 32 per litre of milk (3.5% fat & 7% SNF) to dairy farmers and CAPD shall accordingly fix the rates of processed milk and loose milk.

Animal Husbandry Departments J&K was advised to establish/revive at least 4 dairy cooperatives in each district of the State.

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