In a significant move, the Maharashtra State Government has introduced a subsidy of Rs 5 per liter to milk producers supplying milk to both cooperative societies and private milk projects in the state. The scheme, effective from January 11 to February 10, has earmarked a financial provision of Rs 230 crore.
P P Mohod, Regional Dairy Development Officer of Pune Division, disclosed that 83 eligible milk projects in the Pune division are set to benefit from this subsidy.
The scheme, jointly implemented by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Cooperation, is underway, with login IDs and user IDs provided for district-wise cooperative and private projects.
The Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Department has conducted joint meetings at the regional district level, ensuring timely updates on the scheme’s implementation.
The department is actively engaged in ear tagging the animals of milk-producing farmers and gathering the necessary information on a large scale.
To ensure no farmer is excluded from the subsidy scheme, all milk-producing farmers are urged to create a farmer ID in the E-Gopala and 1962 NDLM application. Additionally, for ear tagging, farmers can contact the Animal Husbandry Department of their respective districts.
The distribution of milk in the state sees a daily production of 1 crore 45 lakh 21 thousand liters. Of this, 41 lakh 97 thousand liters are supplied to cooperative societies by milk-producing farmers, while private projects receive the remaining one crore three lakh 24 thousand liters.
The state government’s decision aims to provide subsidy benefits to farmers supplying milk to both private and cooperative projects.
Note: Numbers for Cooperative Union, Multistate, and Private Projects in different regions – Pune 23, Satara 25, Sangli 12, Solapur 14, Kolhapur 9, totaling 83.