Dairy farmer who won award for highest milk yield drains 500 litres due to lockdown crisis
Palakkad: Dairy farmer Sethupathi went straight to his cow shed on Wednesday morning and milked all 85 cows there. Then he drained all the milk he collected which amounts to 500 litre in total.
Sethupathi, the winner of Ksheerasahakari Award for the dairy farmer who yielded the highest quantity of milk last year, was in tears when he drained the milk in sewage.
Dairy farmers including Sethupathi were compelled to drain the milk after Milma stopped collecting milk from societies. Milma refused to collect milk after sales were affected during the lockdown. It used to collect upto 2 lakh litres of milk per day from 30,000 dairy farmers in 360 milk societies in the district.
If cows are not milked every day, it will adversely affect their health. But milk cannot be sold locally as even tea stalls are closed during lockdown. Since they have no facilities to store milk, it will spoil easily. Following this, the farmers were compelled to drain the huge quantities of milk.
They also opined that the amount spent on cattle feed and labour charge cause them huge loss. Kunnankattupathi milk society, one of the societies where the highest quantity of milk is measured every day, drained 14,000 litres of milk on Tuesday.