Dairy Development Corporation (DDC) increased price of pasteurised milk by Rs 4 and Rs 6 per liter effective from tomorrow.
A half-liter blue and green packet of DDC milk will cost Rs 24 and Rs 28 respectively in the Kathmandu valley, Biratnagar and Hetauda from tomorrow, general manager of DDC Siya Ram Singh said, adding that it will cost Rs 23 and Rs 27 in other parts of the country.
As the farmers wanted price of milk, they are selling, increase due to rising costs, the DDC has been compelled to rise the price, he added. "We have also decided to hike the procurement price between Rs 2.60 and Rs 4 per litre."
The procurement price of fresh milk will be now Rs 32 to Rs 35 per liter, depending on fat and solids not fat (SNF), Singh said, adding that DDC is preparing to raise the price of other milk products like cheese, butter, curd, ghee, paneer due to rise in fresh milk price.
The state owned dairy has been buying 250,000 liters of fresh milk daily from farmers through Milk Supply Schemes in 42 districts across the country. The MMS under the DDC milk supply network are in Dhangadi, Nepalgunj, Butwal, Hetauda, Janakpur, Biratnagar and Kathmandu.Some 800 Milk Producers Cooperative Societies operated by the farmers are supplying milk to over 60 chilling centres of DDC.
"Out of the total 250,000 liters of milk collected across the country, the capital consumes half," he added.