Mumbai, Aug 1:  Milk producers in Maharashtra, from today onwards will avail Rs 25 per every litre of milk they sell, as against an earlier rate of  Rs 17 per litre. The decision in this regard was taken after a meeting between state government officials and Dairy Development Department in Nagpur. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Number of Cases Reaches 320, Toll 12

Several dairy owners in the state were ready to pay milk producers Rs 25 per litre from July 21, following a four-day agitation by activists. However, many dairies continued to pay the producers at the earlier rates, due to reluctance to pay the new rate. Many co-operative dairies asked for some time from the government over confusion regarding the parameters of milk-rate. Further, private dairies in the state built a database mentioning the names of producers they would buy milk from. Also Read - COVID-19: Mumbai's Vacant Properties Will be Used as Quarantine Centres, Says BMC in Fresh Circular 

It must be noted that state-wide protests were witnessed, with dairy farmers demanding a hike in prices. Further, workers of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathna (SSS) spilt milk on the roads of Jalna as a mark of protest. In a similar incident, the party workers on July 15 vandalised a tanker ferrying milk from Wardha to Nagpur. Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal and Union Minister for Transport Nitin Gadkari had announced that the government would give 10 per cent incentives to the exporters of milk products. Later, the government decided to give Rs 25 per litre for milk to dairy farmers with effect from July 21, Dairy Development Minister Mahadev Jankar said in the Legislative Assembly. Also Read - BMC Circular, Directing That Bodies of COVID-19 Patients Only be Cremated, Withdrawn