The expectation of a bumper crop comes in the backdrop of the Sino-US tariff war, with China clamping down on US imports. China is the largest importer of US soybean, with its average yearly import slated to be as high as 1,000 lakh tonnes.
Rajiv Mitra, managing director of the Satara-based Govind Milk and Milk Products, said the database would be ready in three months. “This will allow for direct benefit transfer as well as bring better transparency in the system,” he said.
Farmers are getting less for milk, but retail prices are unchanged. Global skimmed milk powder prices are down, as are India’s exports. A way to absorb surplus could be to include milk in mid-day meals scheme.
Led by MP Raju Shetti, the Sanghtana has embarked on a state-wide agitation since Monday to stop the supply of milk to urban areas, to press for its demand for a subsidy of Rs 5 per litre for dairy farmers, to help them tide over the spell of low prices.
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana members block supply tankers, spill milk on roads. Led by MP Raju Shetti, the sanghtana has called for a supply blockage to urban areas highlighting the low realisations of dairy farmers.
Before the Lok Sabha and state elections in 2014, many leaders of the warkari community had actively campaigned for the BJP. However, four years later, some of the community leaders seemed to have second thoughts.
One of the major reasons behind the backlog is that the post of State Information Commissioner at the Nashik bench has been vacant for 13 months. The Pune State Information Commissioner, Ravindra Jadhav, holds dual charges of both State Information Commissions.