Sale of dairy products down due to demand slump after coronavirus-induced lockdown

AURANGABAD: A slump in demand due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown has led to dwindling sales of dairy products in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district, an association of milk producers said on Tuesday.

The Aurangabad district Cooperative Milk Producers Union (ADCMPU) said the sale of milk packets has come down as hotels are out of business now.

“We generally collect 80,000-85,000 litres of milk everyday directly from farmers. Prior to the lockdown, we were selling 50,000 litres of milk in packets. This sale has now fallen to 30,000 litres (per day) in the district,” ADCMPU vice president Nandlal Kale told .

He said the slump in demand has also adversely affected the sale of milk products.

“Earlier, we used to utilise about 7,000 litres of milk everyday to prepare 11 products. But, we are now using only 1,000-1,200 litres of milk for preparing dairy products,” Kale said.

He said Mahanand in Mumbai buys around 15,000 litres of milk every day at the rate of Rs 25 per litre.

“Remaining milk is currently sold to private firms at the rate of Rs 21 per litre,” Kale explained.

Mahanand Dairy is a venture of the Maharashtra Rajya Sahakari Dudh Mahasangh Maryadit.

He said the ADCMPU is currently suffering the loss of Rs 1 lakh per day, after the state government stopped paying grant since July 27.