Milk demand down, festival season offers no hope in UP’s buffalo belt -Harish Damodaran

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published Published on Jul 28, 2020   modified Modified on Jul 29, 2020

-The Indian Express

The dairy industry's problems will only intensify with animals calving and production going up in the coming months

Amroha (Uttar Pradesh): India’s Grand Festival Season takes off next month, starting with Rakshabandhan (August 3), Janmashtami (August 12), Ganesh Chaturthi (August 22) and Onam (August 31), followed by the nine-day Navaratri culminating in Dussehra (October 25), Diwali (November 14) and Chhath Puja (November 20). It is also the season for the calving of buffaloes, whose high-fat milk provides the base ingredients – ghee, khoa, chenna and paneer – in most indigenous sweets consumed during this period.

But for Sanjeev Kumar Cheema, the upcoming festivals don’t promise hope.

“I saw milk prices fall for the first time this summer, when buffaloes produce less. From August, their biyana (calvings) would begin and production will go up, peaking in the winter and remaining high till March-April. When will happen then, especially if festival demand isn’t also going to be good?,” asks this farmer from Sirsa Mohan in Amroha district of western Uttar Pradesh.

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The Indian Express, 28 July, 2020,

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