Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday introduced a Covid help package deal totalling ₹11 crore for 120,000 dairy farmers, registered below Odisha State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (OMFED), the most important milk procurement physique within the state. Each farmer will probably be given a most of ₹6,000 below the scheme to purchase fodder.
Patnaik stated whereas virtually all different sectors of the economic system have been in a state of turmoil, solely agriculture and allied sectors have been maintaining the economic system afloat through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Throughout the state-wide lockdown amid the second wave of Covid-19, dairy farmers have been hit laborious when OMFED, the highest physique of milk producers and different cooperative unions within the state, reduce down milk procurement from about 5.45 lakh litre a day to 2-3.75 lakh litres a day through the lockdown citing low demand.
The sale of dairy-based merchandise like cheese, ghee and curd additionally dipped significantly with retailers remaining closed and lockdown restrictions compelled misery sale, a number of dairy farmers stated.
“Dairy farming performs an necessary position within the rural economic system and is particularly useful within the livelihoods of small and marginal farmers. A big decline within the demand for milk and dairy merchandise as a result of Covid pandemic has significantly affected the livelihoods of dairy farmers,” Patnaik stated, explaining the rationale behind the help package deal.