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DK and Udupi to See Decline in Milk Production

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After reaching 5 lac litres of milk production during the COVID-19 period, the total milk output of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts has now decreased to 3.5 lac litres and then to 2 lac litres per day. Currently, milk is provided and purchased from nearby milk unions. Experts believe that farmers’ shift away from dairy production is the cause of this drop.

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Every summer, there’s usually less milk produced because there’s not enough green feed. But in recent times, there have been fewer and fewer dairy farmers, and commercial crops have overtaken rice fields, which has further reduced milk output. For farmers, purchasing fodder from outside sources to feed their cows is not a profitable practice.

As a result of their inability to cultivate fodder on their own property, milk production is declining everyday.

The Dakshina Kannada Milk Union has set aside Rs 40 lac for fodder at a rate of Rs 10 lac per month in order to alleviate difficulties faced by dairy farmers. Fodder is now available at Rs 6.5 per unit, and is available at Rs 12 when green fodder is in short supply. According to union director Narasimha Kamath Sanur, subsidies have been provided. To educate farmers, veterinarians and supervisors have traveled to communities with low milk output. Even in the absence of high-quality milk, guidance is given. Numerous steps have been done to prevent farmers from being opposed to dairy farming, and mixed breeding programs have been promoted.

The corporation’s director of management, Vivek, clarified that producers of green fodder will be compensated with Rs 10,000 per acre. If new dairy farming is initiated, additional funding will be provided for a small dairy project and the cost of purchasing cattle via transportation.

Moreover, for the previous seven months, dairy producers have not received any government subsidies. Regarding this matter, a letter has been submitted to the union government; however, no response has been received.

In the Udupi district, there are 744 milk societies, and 53 thousand members provide the milk for these organizations.

Two lac liters more of milk are needed. At inter-dairy tariffs, milk is purchased from the unions in Mandya, Shimoga, Mysore, and Hassan. Compared to the purchasing price from nearby dairy farmers, this milk is 48 paisa less. There is an additional shipping charge.

3.57 lac liters of milk were produced on May 13. On May 7, there were 3.45 lac liters of milk in stock. This level of output has been reached after an increase of 3.3 lac liters per week during the previous four months. The previous production records were 4.8 lac in 2018, 3.96 lac in 2017, 3.76 lac in 2015, and 3.6 lac in 2014. In 2020, the output levels were 5 lac. At the moment, 4.24 lac liters of milk must be produced per day for sales and

Although not as much as anticipated, milk production has climbed by 27,000 liters over the past four months. According to K P Sucharita Shetty, president of the DK Milk Union, the union is taking many steps to rectify this problem.

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