Recently, stakeholders of dairy division announced to increase the price of fresh milk by Rs.10 which hits Rs.150 per litre just before the arrival of the month of Ramadan.
With this hike, it is expected that yoghurt price will also go up by Rs.20 thus making the price to reach Rs.240 per kg.
In last quarter of the 2021 on 8th November, the prices were raised for yoghurt and fresh milk. Fresh milk was Rs.130 per litre, which was raised to Rs.140 per litre with the increase of Rs.10. Whereas, yoghurt price was raised by Rs.20 per kg; from Rs.200 to Rs.220.
There is a noticeable increase in price of both dairy products since March 2021, with a difference of Rs.30 per litre in milk and Rs.60 per kg in yoghurt.
Waheed Gaddi, the press secretary of All Karachi Milk Retailers Welfare Association address that the association rejects the updated prices and strictly adhering to the old prices.
Moreover, he warned that milk price will further go up by Rs.30 per litre in case, the government does not withdraw 17 per cent general sales tax on dairy milk.
He added that retailers were passing on the impact of Rs10 per litre in wholesale rates to the consumers. Retailers are getting milk at wholesale rate of Rs132-136 per litre, following an increase of Rs10 per litre.
Shakir Gujjar, the President of Dairy Cattle Farmers Association (DCFA) claimed that there is no responsibility of farmers in the latest increase in milk rates. “DCFA rejects the increase in prices by the wholesalers and retailers,” he added.
The increment in rates had implemented by dairy farmers by Rs.30 per litre, which was Rs.20 in March and Rs.10 after Eidul Fitar but retailers and wholesalers collaborated to raise rates, he added.