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Milk agitation ends: Bitter after taste for dairy products in Pune

While major dairies in western Maharashtra did not collect milk on Thursday, sweet marts in Pune feared an adverse impact on their business.

pune Updated: Jul 20, 2018 15:41 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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SSS activists, with their cattle, blocked the Pune-Mumbai national highway at Kini toll plaza for a few minutes, besides Pune -Pandharpur road at Tondale village and at Mohol on Pune-Solapur national highway.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Pune The dairy farmers’ agitation to demand a fair support price for cow milk further aggravated supply of milk from western Maharashtra on Thursday, day four of the stir, even as the government announced relief to farmers in the Nagpur assembly session.

While major dairies in western Maharashtra did not collect milk on Thursday, sweet marts in Pune feared an adverse impact on their business. “We could not make various sweets today as milk was not available in the market. We will have problems selling sweets tomorrow,” said Yogesh Dave, running a franchisee of Kaka Halwai on FC road.

Chitale dairy, one of the largest suppliers of milk to Pune, kept all its 12 collection centres in Pune closed while Katraj Milk supplied only one lakh litres to Pune city on Thursday, as compared to its regular supply of 2.25 lakh litres. The short supply resulted in unavailability of milk at many places including Kothrud, Sahakarnagar, Katraj and Pimpri-Chinchwad.

“This situation has emerged because we have not collected milk since the last three days. In the past three days of agitation, we have utilised our entire buffer stock till Wednesday,” Indraneel Chitale, partner, Chitale dairy said.

Responding to the call given by Raju Shetti, member of Parliament and leader of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS), its workers blocked roads at various places in western Maharashtra and Marathwada, creating traffic jams at several places.

SSS activists, with their cattle, blocked the Pune-Mumbai national highway at Kini toll plaza for a few minutes, besides Pune -Pandharpur road at Tondale village and at Mohol on Pune-Solapur national highway.

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 14:55 IST