Indian Milk Prices:
Procurement prices paid and Consumer prices charged by Dairy Industry
Entire Indian Dairy Industry depends heavily on X-bred Cow and Buffalo Milk.
X-bred cows suffer immense heat stress during April to September the summer months in India. Their milk production drops by nearly 50%, during these summer months. Same is the case with Buffaloes. Every veterinarian knows that the buffaloes have been domesticated for milk onl;y in India, are basically water buffaloes and cannot stand heat of open sunshine. In olden days all buffaloes were driven in to rural water bodies and stayed in water all day to keep cool. All rural water bodies are now gradually vanishing. With the result that buffaloes cannot keep cool under water anymore and suffer enormous heat stress. This causes a drop in buffalo milk production of nearly 50%, in addition buffaloes also suffer bad health, more infertility.
Dairy industry converts to SMD (Skimmed Powder Milk) the surplus milk produced during winter and supplies the reconstituted milk concoction from Powder milk to consumers during summer months.
This unnecessarily boosts the price of dairy milk being supplied to the consumers.
At this stage it must be brought to notice of all concerned that Indian breeds of Cows have evolved to suit the tropical Indian Climate and do not suffer any heat stress under Indian climate. The milk production of Indian breeds of cows practically remains unaffected by summer and winter months. Thus if our Dairy Industry learns to promote Indian breeds of Cows there will be no need to supply any reconstituted from powder any white fluid concoction calling it milk and misleading the Indian consumers, and that too at exorbitant prices. In addition the milk of only Indian breeds of cows is of A2 type and promotes health of the community.
It is indeed shocking to learn that in Maharashtra Dairy Industry is paying as little as Rs 17/ liter to the farmer for what it sell for more than Rs 38/liter to the consumer. It is unimaginable how our system is allowing Dairy sector to get away with more than 120% mark up on farm price it pays.
Milk should be classified as an essential commodity for India. In our ancient tradition milk and milk products such as butter milk was made available to the most underprivileged poor of the society practically free. This is the target that we in India should work for.
World dairy industry is well aware that cost of milk production by pasture fed cow is 50% of the cost of milk produced by stall fed cows. In ancient times all cows in India were pasture fed and that made available to even the poorest.
In addition it also known that pasture fed cow are healthier and the milk produced by them is almost a medicine. It is rich in unsaturated fatty acids know as CLA. It is rich in minerals, Vitamins Showing and Carotenoids.
India needs more new pasture lands . It has been established by environmental biologist Allan Savory that cows convert desertified waste lands to green pastures and farm lands. Vedas say that any land becomes waste land if there are no cows on it. And that presence of cows converts all waste lands to fertile farm lands. Thus cow dung and urine play a much more significant and economically important role than milk of soil reclamation.
India has nearly 40% waste lands that can be converted to pasture lands by developing cow sanctuaries on the waste lands.
It is proposed that it should be made a part of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) of Indian Dairy Industry to submit specific targets to gradually develop pastures from waste lands by helping in establishment of cow sanctuaries and shift stall fed cow milk procurement to pasture fed cow milk procurement over a time.
Pasture fed Cow Milk will also not only make milk healthier for the community but will also insulate the milk prices to the consumer from inflationary increase in prices of cattle feeds for stall fed cows.