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Leading dairy processor, PRAN Dairy has continued collecting milk from dairy farmers who are facing difficulties during the ongoing general holidays rendered by COVID-19 pandemic. The dairy processor is collecting more than 2 lakh liters of milk every day from the dairy farmers, said a press release today, 28 April 2020. PRAN Dairy has also circulated a message in Bangla on their Facebook page, regarding this, which is as below,
PRAN Dairy Chief Extension Officer Rakibur Rahman said dairy farmers cannot sell their milk to hotels, sweet shops and tea stalls for closure while many other customers have stopped purchasing milk in this unwanted situation. “But, PRAN dairy has continued collecting milk from its farmers despite many hurdles and is purchasing the same amount of milk what we collect in normal time,” he said.
PRAN has five hubs located at Chatmohar of Pabna, Gurudaspur of Natore, Shahjadpur and Baghabari of Sirajganj and Rangpur. There are 101 collection and chilling centers under the hubs. Farmers are supplying milk at the collection and chilling centers maintaining social distance and following health guidelines. “
We are purchasing milk from the farmers at Taka 38 to Taka 45 per liter depending on the amount of fat in the milk,” added Rakibur Rahman.
Marketing Director at PRAN-RFL Group Kamruzzaman Kamal said the farmers faced some difficulties at the beginning of coronavirus outbreak in the country. “But, now we are able to provide products to the customers due to the government’s move to keep supply of agriculture, dairy and other essential products normal, which benefitted the farmers,” he said.
Mentioning that many customers cannot buy dairy products due to the ongoing lockdown, Kamruzzaman Kamal said “considering this, we have introduced home delivery facilities.”
PRAN pasteurized milk, yogurt, cheese and butter are being delivered to homes through salesmen while PRAN UHT milk, ghee, powder milk and flavored milk can be ordered through othoba.com and chaldal.com, he added.