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Government approves 187 cr for lockdown-hit milk producers

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MUMBAI :

Maharashtra Animal Husbandry and Dairy Business Development Minister Sunil Kedar on Saturday said that the state government has approved a fund of Rs 187 crores for the relief of milk producers amid the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.

The fund has allotted for the conversion of milk–which heavily affected during the lockdown– into milk powder products. Nearly 10 lakh liters of milk is expected to be converted as products on daily basis.

In a statement, Mr Kedar said, due to the ongoing lockdown since March 24, to contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, demand for bagged milk has declined in the market and hotels, restaurants and confectionery centres have closed in large numbers.

As a result, there was a huge decline in the demand for milk in the state. A meeting was convened on March 31 under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar to discuss the planning of additional milk.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Revenue, Balasaheb Thorat, Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), Principal Secretar, Commissioner, Dairy, Managing Director, Mahanand and other officials,he added.

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