Heat stress impacting milk yield: Milma launches insurance scheme for dairy farmers

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (Milma) has launched an insurance scheme to support dairy farmers in the state if the milk yield drops with the exceeding temperature in the summer season. The move comes at a time when many in the sector claim that soaring temperatures are affecting milk yield.

In an initial phase, Milma will introduce the scheme in the Malabar region jointly with the Agricultural Insurance Company.

Milma will provide compensation for dairy farmers if the temperature crosses the prescribed limits for six or more consecutive days which may result in a decline in the milk yield. The scheme will be applicable to the farmers rearing cows and buffaloes. The prescribed limits of temperatures are 37 degrees Celsius in Palakkad and Wayanad; 34.5 degrees Celsius in Kannur and Kasaragod; 33.5 degrees Celsius in Malappuram and 33 degrees Celsius in Kozhikode.

As per the scheme, the farmers will receive Rs 140 in compensation if the temperature rises above the prescribed limit continuously for six days. The compensation will be Rs 440 for 8 days, Rs 900 for 10 days, and Rs 2,000 for 25 days or more.

The farmers can join the scheme via respective dairy cooperatives. The compensation will be delivered by estimating the temperature in various regions with the support of satellite data.

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