Dairy owners of the city have increased the prices of milk. The Tajpur Road Dairy Association has increased the rate of milk by Rs 3 and the Haibowal Dairy Association is all set to increase the price by Rs 2 from April 15.
The Tajpur Road Dairy Association has increased the price of milk from Rs 35 per litre to Rs 38 per litre.
Dairy owners said the rates of fodder and labour prices had shot up so they were bound to increase the price of milk. "We are facing severe labour shortage. Besides, our input costs have also increased considerably. Therefore, we have increased the price of milk," said DS Oberoi, president of the Tajpur Road Dairy Association.
"Labour is not coming from UP and Bihar to work in the dairy industry of the state and thus dairy owners are facing labour shortage. We have increased the salary of our workers by Rs 1,400.
Earlier, their salary was Rs 5,600, which has now been increased to Rs 7,000. Besides, fodder rates have also shot up that has added to our input cost," said Oberoi.
Following the decision of the Tajpur Road Dairy Association, which has 500 dairies and produces around 1 lakh litres of milk every day, the Haibowal dairy owners are also mulling over an increase in the price by April 15.
"We are also planning to increase the rates of milk from Rs 36 per litre to Rs 38 per litre from April 15. The fodder rates that have shot up by 20-25% in a few months," said Chaman Lal Ahuja, member of the Haibowal Dairy Association.
Raising a calf a costly affair
The cattle population has not been increasing for quite a few years now due to the lack of interest of dairy farmers in raising calves. The number of cattle has become stagnant and the demand of milk has been increasing. "The prices of buffaloes have increased by 25% in the past two years. Dairy farmers are not interested in raising calves because of the increased fodder rates," said Oberoi.