Millers’ strike may lead to milk shortage


KARACHI: Due to ongoing strike of flour mills in Sindh for last seven days, acute shortage of bran (choker), a component of cattle feed, has occurred in Karachi which could badly affect production of fresh milk.

Bran is one of one of the parts of cattle feed and according to an estimate more than 10000 bags (34kg each) of bran are being consumed per day only in the Cattle Colony, Landhi Karachi.

A cattle farm owner, Aslam Nagori said that there had been an acute shortage of bran since last three days as stocks at most fodder shops and dairy farms had already finished. He feared if the flour mills’ strike remained continue for a few more days there would be no single bag of bran available at any shop.

He said that before the strike a bran bag of 34kg was available at Rs 600 but now its price had reached Rs 750.

Member of Karachi Dairy Farmers Association Arshad Ali, when contacted, told PPI d that bran shortage could lead to fresh milk shortage in the city as unavailability of bran would badly affect the production of milk.

To a question he said that bran is an important and a main part of feed of buffalos and cows in local cattle pens. “It sudden shortage will be harmful as cattle heads do not eat any alternate fodder easily and it takes long to introduce successfully a different type of fodder or feed for them,” he added.

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