Thiruvananthapuram: Milk production in
Kerala had increased in Kerala in the last five years and the
government was trying to make available maximum benefits to
dairy farmers, the assembly was told Monday.
Replying to a calling attention motion by Aryadan Mohammed
(Cong) on behalf of Food Minister C Divakaran, Revenue
Minister K P Rajendran said from 21.02 lakh tonne in 2006-07,
the production had increased to 25.83 lakh tonne in 2009-10.
The expected production during the year 2010-11 was 29 lakh
tonne, he said.
While increasing production, the government was also
trying to reduce the cost of production of milk. A sum of
Rs 400 crore was spent during 2006-11 for implementing various
schemes for dairy farmers.
Milk price was hiked by Rs 8 per litre during the LDF
government`s tenure and of this Rs 6 was given to farmers, who
were now getting Rs 18.61 per litre of milk provided to
co-operative societies, he said.
Aryadan Mohammed said the cost of production of milk had
increased to Rs 26.27 per litre according to a study report.
He demanded that the government increase the price of milk
collected from cattle feeders in accordance with cost of
production by providing subsidy.