The Milk Crises of 2015 – A Dialogue and Re-visioning Animals in Our Farming Livelihoods

Domestic milk markets in India are in crises. A price war is raging between dairy processors, to sell milk at extremely low prices in urban cities. This has been accompanied by a steep reduction in milk procurement prices paid, as also the volume of milk procured from producers by dairy processors. Small and marginal farmers, whose livelihoods depend on selling milk and who are the backbone of this market, have been hardest hit. This has also severely affected the people’s milk market, commonly referred to as the “informal” or “unorganised” milk markets. The FSA was alerted to the crises by its member small farmers from Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh and Medak district in Telangana. In trying to understand the issue in greater detail, the FSA discovered that this is not merely a crises for small farmers of Chittoor and Medak: it is a grave crises that is impacting small farmers nationally and globally. They stand poised to be thrown out of their livelihoods en-masse. Given the urgency of the issue, it became apparent to the FSA that we need to get a better understanding of the ground reality, through dialogue with as many small milk producer farmers as possible. Through this dialogue will emerge a collective strategy to resist the systematic planned decimation of small producers and people’s milk markets. The dialogue is scheduled for October 21, 2015 at the Dhyana Ashram, Mylapore, Chennai. 

Read this preparatory note that sets context for the  dialogue 



Milk Crisis prep note Hindi

milk crises prep note in kannada


One thought on “The Milk Crises of 2015 – A Dialogue and Re-visioning Animals in Our Farming Livelihoods

  1. Crying hoarse about the lower farm gate price, I beg to say is NOT going to solve the problem! Farmers in New Zealand are getting 50% of the farm gate price they received for the milk supplied to “their” cooperative, Fonterra. Market price for milk is NOT in hands of any one agency or person. It acts merely on supply on short-term demand position. At micro-level, the success lies in reducing cost of production. STOP using concentrate feeds. At the macro-level, Government needs to make arrangements to balance demand and supply. It has the fund and capacity. Will it? Not as yet. But I am still hopeful 🙂


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