The Hindu Bangalore|September 11, 2019
In about a decade since the State government began providing financial incentives to milk producers, the daily milk procurement of Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) has more than doubled — from about 32 lakh litres a day to 80 lakh litres.
Of an estimated 1.6 crore litres of milk produced daily in Karnataka — of which about 1.2 crore litres is “marketable supply” — KMF procures about 80 lakh litres, which translates to almost 70% of the milk produced. Before the introduction of the incentive scheme, KMF procured roughly 50% of the milk produced in the State.
The increase in procurement, sources in the KMF say, began after the State government announced a financial incentive of 2 a litre for farmers in September 2008. Subsequently, the incentive was raised to 5 a litre. Shortly, the government is expected to hike it by another rupee.
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September 11, 2019