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Amul Milk To Get Dearer By Rs 2 Per Litre In A Few States From Tomorrow

Dairy major Amul said it will increase milk prices by Rs 2 per litre in Delhi NCR, Maharashtra and other states from Tuesday due to an increase in production cost.

Milk prices were last revised in March 2017, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, which sells milk and milk products under the Amul brand, said in a statement.

The new price will come into effect from May 21 and will be applicable on all six brands being sold in major markets of Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, West Bengal, Kolkata, Uttaranchal, Maharashtra and other states, Amul said.

The revised price of 500 millilitre pack of 'Amul Gold' in Ahmedabad will be Rs 27, 'Amul Shakti' at Rs 25, 'Amul Taaza' at Rs 21 and 'Amul Diamond' at Rs 28, it said.

There has been no change in cow milk prices in Gujarat, the cooperative added.

“This increase in milk prices by Rs 2 per litre has happened after a gap of two years with an aim to provide remunerative milk purchase price to our milk producers owing to drop in milk production and increase in cost of production,” GCMMF said.

Considering increase in the cost of milk production, all member milk unions of Gujarat have increased milk purchase price by a minimum of Rs 30-50 per kilogram fat (5-8 percent) over the last few months, it said.

This will motivate milk producers to keep inducting new animals and to keep producing milk and support their livelihood, it added.

Stating that national and international dairy markets have witnessed adverse conditions in the last two years, GCMMF said there has been a steep decline in prices of commodities such as skimmed milk produce and butter oil. This has resulted in a decline in producer prices of milk across India, leading to adverse impact on milk producers.

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“However, the milk cooperatives of Gujarat continued to pay remunerative prices of milk to its producers and the average final price of milk paid to our producers has increased to Rs 710 per kg fat in 2017-18 to Rs 730 per kg fat in 2018-19,” it said.

Over the last one year there has been a major increase in prices of major cattle feed ingredients such as de-oiled rice bran by 61 percent, rice polish fine by 22 percent, molasses by 82 percent, maize by 63 percent etc, which has resulted in increase in the cattle feed price by over 15 percent, GCMMF said.

Similarly, the rate green fodder has seen hike of more than 100 percent in this summer.

Amul, as a cooperative, passes on almost 80 paise of every rupee paid by consumers to the milk producers, the cooperative added.