UMERKOTE: Dairy farmers of Umerkote, Jharigam and Raighar blocks in Nabarangpur district are in troubled waters as Odisha State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation Restricted (OMFED) has reportedly stopped shopping for milk from them.
The farmers used to promote over 10,000 litre of milk to the dairy main day by day. The farmers alleged that the milk chilling centre at Dhodra village of Jharigam block has stopped shopping for milk from them.
This has come as a blow to the farmers who’re additionally not in a position to promote their produce in Chhattisgarh on account of Covid restrictions.
Sources stated OMFED will not be shopping for milk from farmers for the final 5 days citing sub-standard high quality. Messages stating that their milk doesn’t match the requirements have been despatched to the farmers’ cellphones.
As per OMFED’s Jeypore centre, the quantity of fats in milk offered by farmers of the three blocks is 4 per cent as an alternative of the prescribed 3.6 per cent and the lactometer studying is 27 in opposition to 26.
Dhodra centre supervisor Banita Mohapatra stated she had written to the overall supervisor of OMFED to cease buying milk from farmers of the three blocks. In the meantime, farmers have threatened to take to the streets if milk will not be procured from them quickly.