Mother Dairy to hike milk prices by ₹2 per litre in Delhi-NCR from Sunday, news agency PTI reported. It had last raised the milk prices in July 2021. The price hike comes soon after Amul, another leading dairy supplier of India, increased the price of milk by ₹2 per litre across all its varieties from March 1.
“In view of the rising procurement prices (amount paid to farmers), fuel costs and costs of packaging material, Mother Dairy is compelled to raise its liquid milk prices by ₹2/litre in Delhi NCR with effect from March 6, 2022,” the company said on Saturday.
Full cream milk will cost ₹59 per litre from Sunday, up from ₹57 per litre on Saturday.
Prices of toned milk will increase to ₹49, while double toned milk will rise to ₹43 per litre. Cow milk prices have been hiked to ₹51 per litre from ₹49 per litre.
Bulk vended milk (token milk) price has been raised to ₹46 from ₹44 per litre.
It has also raised milk prices by ₹2 per litre in Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Markets beyond these select regions will be revised in a phased manner.
Mother Dairy Milk is available in over 100 cities across the country.
“The company has been experiencing a surge in varied input costs which have increased multifold,” it said.
The procurement prices (amount paid to farmers) have alone firmed up by about 8-9 per cent since July 2021. The other costs have also gone up.
“The surge in farm prices is only being partially passed on to the consumers, with an effective revision of only 4 per cent, which is lower than the increase witnessed in the farm prices and overall food inflation, thereby securing the interests of both the stakeholders,” Mother Dairy said.
Mother Dairy said it passes around 75-80 per cent of the sales realization from milk towards the procurement of milk.
“As a responsible organization, Mother Dairy has consistently worked towards providing remunerative prices to milk producers, thereby ensuring the sustainability of dairying and availability of quality milk,” the company said.
Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which markets milk and milk products under the Amul brand, announced a hike in milk prices by ₹2 per litre from March 1.
Dairy firm Parag Milk Foods Ltd has also raised the price of the Gowardhan brand of cow milk by ₹2 per litre with effect from March 1.
GCMMF sells 150 lakh litres of milk per day, out of which Delhi-NCR accounts for around 37 lakh litres per day.
In Delhi-NCR, Mother Dairy sells more than 30 lakh litres per day in poly packs and vending machines.