KMF SEEKS RS 3-HIKE IN MILK PRICES
Context: Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) has proposed to hike the cost of milk by Rs 3 a litre, the state government will take a decision on the proposal.
- The KMF, being an autonomous body, can resolve to price hike.
- However, as protocol, the KMF seeks an approval from the government before effecting it.
- The government can shoot down the proposal or modify it.
REASONS FOR THE HIKE
- Over the last three years, input costs like feed and fodder had gone up.
- The hike has been sought to provide benefits to the farmers.
STATE’S AMONG CHEAPEST
Compared to the neighbouring States where milk prices start from 40 a litre, despite the hike, Karnataka will still be among those with the lowest milk price.
KARNATAKA MILK FEDERATION
- Karnataka Milk Federation(KMF) sells products such as pedha, paneer, curds and milk in the name of Nandini.
- It is a federation of milk producers association working on cooperative
- Almost every district in state of Karnatakahas milk producing co-operatives.
- The milk is collected from farmers who are its members, processed and sold in the market by the brand of Nandini.
- It is the second largest milk co-operative in India after AMUL.
- The present Chairman is Balachandra Jarkiholi
- KMF was founded in 1974 as Karnataka Dairy Development Corporation (KDDC) to implement a dairy development project run by the World Bank.
- In 1984 the organisation was renamed KMF.
- KMF has 14 milk unions throughout the Karnataka State which procure milk from Primary Dairy Cooperative Societies (DCS) and distribute milk to the consumers in various urban and rural markets in Karnataka State with 1500 members.