Defending the decision, senior MILKFED officials said that the rising input costs had led to the price rise. An official told HT: "Exports have opened up and many private companies are offering high prices to the farmers for their inputs. To maintain our supply chain, we also have to pay more to the farmers, and also on a par with these companies. Our full fat milk is still Rs. 2 cheaper than the price in Delhi." They also claimed that the price hike could actually help curb the anticipated shortage in milk supply during summers. In 2013, the company had increased the price thrice for milk. Prices were raised Rs. 1 per litre each in June and September and hiked by Rs. 2 per litre in December 2013.
This is the first hike in 2014 and the prices of all fresh milk products have also been increased. Analysts said that local vendors will also follow suit and increase prices. Change in price Milk Existing (Rs) New (Rs)
Full fat (orange) 42 44Standard (green) ` 38 40Toned (Blue) 34 36Double-toned (Yellow) 30 32Skimmed (Purple) 28 30CURD 500 gm pouch 20 22 LASSI 500 ml pouch 12 15Plain (1 litre pouch) 22 25 250 ml pouch 10 12(Bio-yoghurt, masaledar)