Milk production in the district also faces Lockdown effect
The lockdown that has been prevailing in the district for over a month now has impacted Milk production and sales unit badly. The second wave of Covid infection has affected the Raichur, Bellary and Koppal Milk Union. The sales of Nandini Milk and other products also have fallen down in the district and is now preparing to distribute additional milk to school children.
In terms of Milk Production, Ballari produces 1.10 Lakh litres, Koppal produces nearly 60 Lakh litres and Raichur produces 30,000 litres. In these three districts, over 1.35 Lakh litres of milk was being sold every day. The sales have now dropped to 1.20 Lak litres. Every day over 15,000 litres of milk is being left out.
The milk booths being shut during the lockdown has become the major drawback in the sales of Milk and other dairy products. As the Ballari district was under a complete lockdown due to an increased number of COVID-19 cases, the milk booths were allowed to function only from 6 AM to 10 AM every day, has affected milk sales and production.
“The 15 litres of milk that remains by the end of the day in the district is being sent to the Dharwad Dairy and is converted into Milk powder. The milk powder is again sent back to the districts of Ballari, Raichur and Koppal distribute to the Anganwadi and the Primary school children for free under the Ksheera Bhagya scheme”, informed Rabco Milk Union Manager and Director Tirupateppa.
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