Consumption of milk in the Indian territory has dropped down to surprisingly low level. Milk consumption plunged nearly 30% after the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. Hotels, sweet marts and the unorganised tea stalls were considerable consumers. All these forms now remain closed due to the lockdown leading the milk consumption to fall by 25 to 30% during the months of April and May. This data was stated in a report by care ratings. This fall in demand was somehow handled by the producers in unique ways. The demand in households increased and they shifted to branded and packaged milk from loose milk to take care of the psychological fear of the people.
Amul, which is a Gujarat based milk’s producer reported a 25% drop in demand in the month of March. RS Sodhi, managing director of Amul, said that the migration of labourers back to the villages will also have a strong impact on the demand and supply of commodities. He also said that the fall in consumption isalso due to temporary shutdown of hotels and restaurant chains.
The top ten milk producing Indian states which contribute to nearly 80% of the total production are Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Bihar and Tamilnadu. India is also the largest dairy producing country in the world.