MeraNews Network, Gandhinagar: Anand Milk Producers Union Limited (Amul) on Monday announced a reduction in prices of milk that is paid to dairy farmers due to increase in production on milk as the winter season has set in. These price changes don’t cause any effect on the prices that are being charged from the customers.

Amul has reduced the price by Rs 20 per kilo of fat, which means the dairy farmers will now be paid Rs 590 per kilo instead of Rs 610. In summers, when the production of milk goes down, the prices paid to dairy farmers are hiked and it increases their income, but as the winter sets in and the cattle began to produce more milk, the cattle rearers are paid less money for their milk. Recently, even Dudhsagar Dairy in Mehsana and Sabarkantha’s Sabar Dairy had brought down the prices paid to farmers for the milk being sold by them to the dairies.

The price reduction for the purchase of cow milk is Rs 8.90 per kilo of fat, while buffalo milk by Rs 20. Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) chief Ramsinh Parmar said that Amul receives about 28 lakh liters of milk every day and still it is paying the highest procurement price compared to any other milk board, which pay less than Rs 600 per kilo fat. Gujarat is known to provide best procurement prices to its dairy farmers, who pool in their milk at milk co-operative societies in the villages and hamlets.

Parmar’s claim was contested by Madhur Dairy Gandhinagar's chairman Dr. Shakarsinh Rana, who said that Madhur Dairy pays Rs 650 per kilo fat for procurement to dairy farmers. Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda said that at a time when dairy farming has become a costly profession, the government institutes like Amul are operating like private milk corporations and causing losses to the cattle rearers. The customers are never passed on any benefits of the price reduction and thus those running the administration must be investigated.