Bengaluru (DHNS): The State Government dealt a shocker to citizens on the first day of the new year on Friday by announcing an increase in Nandini toned milk price by Rs 4 a litre from January 5.
Animal Husbandry Minister A Manju announced the upward revision in price. The milk (which comes in white-and-blue sachet) will cost Rs 33 a litre, up from Rs 29.
“Price of Nandini milk was last hiked in September 2013. Since then the cost of production of milk has gone up manifold. The dairy farmers are incurring loss. The Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) has been asked to pass on the additional revenue from the hike to the farmers. The hike covers all KMF products, besides milk. The KMF will soon release the new price chart,” Manju said without elaborating on the other milk products that would see a rise in the price.
The KMF board in April 2015 had decided to hike the milk price by Rs 5 a litre.
But the government had put the decision on hold in view of the elections to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike. The hike has been effected after the recent elections to Karnataka Legislative Council.
The Animal Husbandry Minister defended the decision saying milk price remains the lowest in the State despite the hike.
A litre of milk in other states costs more than Rs 38. The KMF price is less compared to milk sold by private dairies, he added.