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.