The dairy farmers who are going to supply milk to the new entrant dairy – Gujarat-based Surat District Co-operative Milk Producers Union Ltd (SUMUL) will continue to get assured support price, said Minister for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Ramesh Tawadkar.
“We will continue to provide our existing schemes to the private player, and support price to the dairy farmers but with a condition to provide milk to the consumers at much lower than the existing market price. We expect that with the new dairy the state will achieve self-sufficiency in milk production and it will lead to increase in number of progressive dairy farmers in the state,” Tawadkar said. In order to provide benefits to the dairy farmers, and supply milk to the consumers at lower prices, Tawadkar said that SUMUL will establish large-scale dairy farms in Goa by next two months. “At the same time to ensure that the private player does not dominate the dairy sector of Goa, we have restricted SUMUL to collect milk from milk supplying cooperative societies of only four talukas Canacona, Quepem, Sanguem and Sattari,” he added.

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“The decision to bring the new entrant in dairy sector was taken to improve the functioning of Goa Dairy,” he said adding there was a need of competitor to the Goa Milk Producers’ Union (Goa Dairy) as despite of providing several schemes and subsidies, it had failed to provide better feed to the dairy farmers and supply milk at lower prices to the consumers, and instead the prices were hiked during the last three years by up to Rs 3.
“There was a need to put fear among the board of directors as they never approached over their difficulties while operating the dairy unit so now we hope that at least fearing competition they will respond effectively,” he added.
“You have a veterinarian on call. Artificial insemination is done at a nominal rate or for free. Cattle-feed is provided at factory prices and support price is given to the milk producer. What more could Goa Dairy ask for,” he questioned.