Source: thehindu.com

Get set to dig deeper into your pockets to buy milk. Starting Tuesday, every litre of Nandini milk will be dearer by Rs. 4.

The cost of a litre of the popular toned milk will now be Rs. 33 (in southern Karnataka, including Bengaluru). A litre of milk in north Karnataka will be Rs. 34. However, in Kalaburagi, a litre will cost Rs. 36 as only the homogenised milk is sold there.

Other products too

Across the State, a litre of curd will now cost Rs. 40, and the costliest milk from the KMF — full cream Samrudhi milk — will be Rs. 46 a litre. Even the price of other products such as ghee, sweets and other milk-based products will also be revised.

The Karnataka Milk Federation announced the hike on Friday after getting the approval of the Chief Minister.

Nandini Milk

                                                                                                                         Nandini Milk

KMF Chairman T. Nagaraju justified the hike saying milk prices had remained stagnant for the last two years. “The last hike was announced on September 11, 2013, when we hiked the price by Rs. 2 a litre,” he said. He said the prices of milk, even after revision, would remain the lowest in the country. A litre costs Rs. 37 in neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Rs. 38 in Andhra Pradesh, he said. “Of the Rs. 4 [hike], we will pass on at least Rs. 3 to farmers, who are facing a lot of hardship,” he said. Sources pointed out that the price hike comes just ahead of the zilla and taluk panchayat elections, which are expected to be held in February.

The federation procures about 65 kg of milk daily and sells about 48 lakh litres as milk, Mr. Nagaraju said, adding that the hike was “only in the interest of farmers”.

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