Leading milk suppliers Amul and Mother Dairy have increased prices of full cream milk by Rs 2 per litre citing a rise in input costs.
Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which markets milk under the Amul brand, has hiked the prices of Amul Gold (full cream) and buffalo milk by Rs 2 per litre each across all markets except for Gujarat.
Amul Gold prices have been increased from Rs 61 per litre to Rs 63 per litre while the 500 ml pack will cost Rs 32 against Rs 31 earlier. Buffalo milk prices have been increased from Rs 63 per litre to Rs 65 per litre. The increase is effective from Saturday.
Following Amul’s decision, Mother Dairy also announced an increase in prices of full-cream milk and cow milk by Rs 2 per litre in Delhi-NCR and some other markets in North India with effect from October 16.
Mother Dairy’s full-cream price has been revised to Rs 63 per litre from Rs 61 per litre while cow milk rate has been hiked to Rs 55 per litre from Rs 53 per litre.
This is the third hike by both the leading players this year — a move that will impact household budget. Rates were raised by Rs 2 per litre for all variants in March and August as well.
Dairy firms have attributed the rise in milk prices to an increase in their procurement cost of raw milk. Milk producers/farmers have raised rates of raw milk as fodder and cattle feed have become dearer.
“Prices have been increased by Rs 2 per litre for Amul Gold and buffalo milk due to increase in fat prices,” Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) managing director R S Sodhi told PTI.
The prices have been raised for all markets except Gujarat, he added. Gujarat will soon go to state assembly elections.
Apart from Gujarat, GCMMF mainly sells milk in Delhi-NCR, West Bengal and Mumbai.
The cooperative sells more than 150 lakh litres of milk per day and out of the total quantity, Delhi-NCR accounts for nearly 40 lakh litres per day.
Mother Dairy is a leading milk supplier in the Delhi-NCR market and sells more than 30 lakh litres per day in poly packs and through vending machines.
“The dairy industry has been experiencing a consistent surge in raw milk prices, which has increased by about Rs 3 per kg in the last two months alone, owing to a multi-fold increase in varied input costs,” a Mother Dairy spokesperson said.
Increased fodder prices and low rainfall in some northern states have aggravated the situation, the company said.
“We are therefore compelled to revise prices to support farmers and ensure the availability of quality milk for consumers. In our endeavour to limit this impact on consumers, we are only revising the prices of full cream and cow milk variants by Rs 2 per litre. The revision in these two variants is effective from October 16, 2022,” the spokesperson said.
GCMMF and Mother Dairy pass on about 75-80 per cent of prices paid by consumers for milk and milk products to the milk producers.