Dairy farmers losing patience over unresolved milk crisis, says DUSS

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 12 July 2018

Alleging that the government is focusing on saving milk processing companies, the Samiti said it is disappointed with the measures taken by the government.

PUNE: The Dudh Utpadak Sangharsh Samiti (DUSS), a body of dairy farmers that was formed during the peak of the milk pricing agitation, on Wednesday said farmers are growing impatient over the unresolved milk crisis even after months of deliberations and protests. They threatened to launch a massive protest to demand a permanent solution. The body issued its statement through a press release. 

Alleging that the government is focusing on saving milk processing companies, the Samiti said it is disappointed with the measures taken by the government. The release stated that instead of transferring subsidy amounts directly to the farmers, the government has announced subsidies of Rs 5 and Rs 50 to milk and milk powder processing industry, respectively.

The Samiti said the excuse of not having accurate data is incorrect. The government officials have all data of the dairy farmers and their authenticity. This means that the excuse put forward by the government that it does not have the data to ensure delivery to the real farmers is just a pretence, the statement said.

The Samiti is demanding a direct subsidy to farmers. It said the farmers have been repeatedly shown hopes of a resolution to their problems. From promising a rate of Rs 27 per litre to giving a subsidy of Rs 3 per kg for milk powder producers, the government has failed to resolve this deadlock. If the government does not come up with a permanent solution, the farmers will have no option than to protest, the Samiti said.

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