Bhubaneswar (SunstarTV Bureau): The Odisha State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation (OMFED) had directed to all milk unions to cut down on procurement to four lakh litre per day for the month of May amid the 14 days long Lockdown in Odisha.
The decision was taken in view of the decrease in demand following enforcement of the lockdown. However, the implications has to come on effect from today.
In a letter to all milk unions across the state, OMFED said, “the average milk production is 5.45 lakh LPD while the disposal of milk has reduced significantly from 3.75 LPD to 2 lakh LPD. Besides powder production at Bhubaneswar dairy, we are sending milk outside for drying at distant locations at very high cost. Due to decrease in disposal of milk, the closing stock at dairy level remains around 8.5 LPD against the holding capacity OMFED dairies i.e 9.1LPD,” OMFED mentioned in the letter.
Accumulation of milk at dairy level for longer period will not only disrupt fresh milk collection but also deteriorate the shelf life of milk which may not be safer for production of milk powder besides great difficulties in maintaining quality, the letter reads.