Significantly, until at least mid-March, there was talk of India’s milk output falling for the first time in 2019-20. It was being projected that the country would have to import up to one lakh tonnes of skimmed milk powder.
Former minister of state Sadabhau Khot, who is an MLC and was a minister in former Devendra Fadnavis-led government, said the family in question had traveled to Islampur from New Delhi on a domestic flight on March 15.
Most of the migrant harvesting staff at the mills hail from Beed and other districts of Marathwada, and they travel to various parts of the state for work at the beginning of the season. Once the season ends, these labourers travel back to their native villages.
Dairies in Mahrashtra have claimed that around 10 lakh liters out of the 1 crore liters collected per day remained unsold on a daily basis due to the nationwide lockdown announced to contain the spread of coronavirus.
With a daily milk procurement of around 12 lakh liters per day, Gokul’s procurement is across the districts of Kolhapur, Sangli and some parts of Karnataka. The union also has strong retail presence in the cities of Kolhapur, Pune, Mumbai Sangli among other areas.
At Karad’s Krishna cooperative sugar mill in Satara, following the labourers’ decision not to work, they were released and operations wound down, though the harvest workers will continue to live in the fields until the 21-day lockdown period ends.
While Sahyadri Farms, the Nashik-based FPC, has started delivering to urban markets of Pune, Mumbai and Nashik, the group of farmers producing residue-free vegetables in Nashik have taken to testing the city's retail market to directly sell their produce.
While presenting the 2020-21 state budget earlier this month, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had claimed that Rs 9,035-crore worth of outstanding loans of 13.86 lakh farmers has been waived off since the scheme was announced.