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KOCHI: Ernakulam Regional Cooperative Milk Producers' Union Ltd., one of the three regional wings of Milma, will launch an initiative to produce cattle feed at primary milk producers' cooperative societies. The plan is to procure raw materials available locally and prepare a mixture for distribution among the members.
Milk production has failed to meet the demand in the local market owing to various reasons. Many farmers and farm experts have expressed concern over the escalation in the cost of cattle feed. Dairying has become an occupation with low returns, according to them. They say many dairy farmers have abandoned the field and migrated to other occupations in search of better returns.
The programme would be launched on a pilot basis, chairman of the region M.T. Jayan said. The cost for establishing the mixing unit would be borne by the regional wing. Each district of the region would have cattle feed production units in two selected societies. The region comprises Ernakulam, Kottayam, Thrissur and idukki districts. There are over 800 primary societies.
A programme had already been launched to provide subsidy to dairy farmers on the loans for purchase of cattle, he said. The region was also offering an extra procurement price of Rs.3 per litre to the farmers during summer season when availability of milk is generally low. Subsidy on milking machine and insurance scheme for the farmers and their families are other welfare schemes being implemented in the region, he said.
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