India’s farmers ‘in crisis’ over dairy quota
India’s dairy industry is facing a “crisis” in the capital Delhi as farmers across the country are struggling to meet quotas set by the state government.
The shortage of milk and other essential products has left many farmers unable to afford the price of their produce, the National Herald reported on Wednesday.
The drought-stricken state has long relied on imports of dairy products and is dependent on imports for its livelihoods.
India’s dairy production has been in a “death spiral”, the newspaper said.
Agri-products minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a statement on Thursday that the government is looking at ways to address the crisis, which she said has been compounded by the drought.
“The government is in touch with farmers, providing them with support,” Sitharama said.
The crisis has affected farmers in the south of the state, including the city of Surat, the second-largest city in the country.
In the past month, farmers in Surat have struggled to find milk to feed their families, forcing them to turn to imports, the newspaper reported.
India, one of the world’s largest producers of dairy, has been grappling with drought and other agricultural issues since the start of this year.
Last year, the country experienced a major milk shortage due to the drought, but the government lifted the restrictions to allow the country to ramp up production and boost exports.
In April, India’s economy grew by 5.3% in the June quarter, up from 5.1% in March.