Gwalas Chief Coordinator Shares
To a question, Giri shared that earlier minimum rate was Rs. 41 per litre. He mentioned though there is a loss of Rs. 1, the dairy farmers also have to understand the compulsions of the Sikkim Milk Union.
Our dairy farmers have got a relief from the government, this new rate was not possible due to compulsions but despite this, the government is giving Rs. 40 per litre as minimum rate which is acceptable to the gwalas, he said.
Press Interaction Details
It was shared that now a dairy farmer is guaranteed Rs. 48 (with the incentive) per litre of milk. The highest a farmer can get is around Rs. 70 per litre depending on the fat and SNF quality.
The press interaction was also addressed by coordinators Upen Silal, Pranita Pradhan, Laxuman Sharma and Arjun Rai.
On the Chief Minister’s appeal for improving the quality of milk, the SGWF coordinators maintained that it is not challenging to increase the fat content and SNF percentage to the stipulated 3.5% and 7.5% respectively.
“Our dairy farmers have discussed this issue and they are confident of meeting the new quality criteria. It can be done easily. Milk quality can be enhanced in many ways including providing mixture cattle feed.
The forum will work with Animal Husbandry department and Sikkim Milk Union on sensitizing and training our dairy farmers on how they can improve the milk quality.
There are other issues as well which the forum would be taking up with the concerned agencies,” said the coordinators.
The coordinators also maintained that the dairy farmers are not supplying substandard milk to Sikkim Milk Union.
“There are certain parameters that are measured at the milk collection booths and if the milk does not meet the criteria, the milk is rejected by the system at the booth itself.
No low quality milk or milk mixed with water goes to Sikkim Milk Union processing plant,” they said.