Expressing concern about the order, which was issued on Monday, some millers told The Indian Express that it was not clear about the financial details of the arrangements or for how long they were expected to run these centres.
D B Undirwade, professor of the Akola-based Punjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, had first reported infestation in Talera taluka of the district. The pest was reported in fields where farmers had done pre-monsoon sowing.
The latest sowing report released by the Agriculture Ministry shows an year-on-year increase in sowing of pulses. As against the 114.77 lakh hectares of kharif 2019-20, farmers have sown pulses over 119.59 lakh hectares of area this season
Officials said the state government has asked them to ensure the pre-seasonal loans have to be repaid before the end of the season. “So, the banks will not revoke the guarantee and save the government from coughing up the amount if mills fail to repay it,” he said.
Cotton growers count PBW as one of the most dreaded pests for their crops. The worm completes its lifecycle in the crop and eats through the square (bud) flower and the lint of cotton. If not controlled early, PBW can wreak havoc in the cotton crop.
In his letter sent on Monday, Thackeray said that Maharashtra has implemented a scheme to procure 10 lakh litres of milk per day and convert it into SMP and white butter. Till July 25, at least six crore litres of milk has been procured, he said.
Interestingly, none of the 33 mills fulfilled all the five conditions laid down by the government. The four mills also didn't fulfil all the conditions, but the standing cane in their area makes it imperative that they start their operations soon .
SOPA has, however, expressed concern about the stoppage of online registration of Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS) claims by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on its portal from April this year.
This is the first time dairies are being forced to take such action owing to the dip in demand for milk, said Gopalrao Mhaske, chairman of the Maharashtra Dairy Farmers and Processors Welfare Association, the umbrella body of private and cooperative dairies in the state.
As farmers take to dumping their milk on roads and stopping milk supply to urban areas, dairies blame the COVID-19 pandemic and the frequent lockdowns as the reason behind the recent price corrections.
Farmers, under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha, protested on Monday by pouring milk on streets across the state, while the opposition party BJP has also declared its decision to do the same from August 1.
Of the 11.50 lakh litres of milk it collects daily, Gokul dairy said, it was forced to covert around 1 lakh litres into SMP. “This is an improvement from the situation in April- May, when our sales had dipped by 2-2.5 lakh litres per day,” he said.