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Punjab dairy farmers hold protest, seek hike in milk procurement prices

Updated on: 21 May,2022 07:30 PM IST  |  Chandigarh
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Though the AAP government Saturday announced to increase Rs 20 per kg milk fat, the protesting farmers rejected it as inadequate, saying they want a hike of at least Rs 100 per kg

Punjab dairy farmers hold protest, seek hike in milk procurement prices

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Punjab dairy farmers on Saturday held a massive protest in front of a state-owned milk plant in Mohali, seeking hike in milk procurement prices.

Though the AAP government Saturday announced to increase Rs 20 per kg milk fat, the protesting farmers rejected it as inadequate, saying they want a hike of at least Rs 100 per kg.




Under the banner of Progressive Dairy Farmers' Association (PDFA), farmers from several parts of the state gathered outside the Verma milk plant in Mohali.


They blocked one side of the main road leading to Chandigarh in support of their demands. Because of the protest, commuters faced inconvenience.

The protesters also blocked the entry gates of the Verka milk plant with which the supplies of milk and milk products from the plant could be affected.
PDFA president Daljit Singh Sadarpura said the milk prices have not been increased in the past two years while their input prices, including feed prices, have almost doubled.

"The price of soybean has increased from Rs 3,200 per quintal a year ago to Rs 7,200 per quintal. Similarly, the prices of other items have also gone up which hit the dairy sector hard," said Sadarpura.

He said several dairy farmers who have been suffering because of inadequate returns have started selling their cattle. The Covid-19 pandemic also hit the dairy sector hard, he said.

Pointing out that the commercial dairy farming sector provided an impetus to the crop diversification programme in the state, Sadarpura urged the Aam Aadmi Party government to "save this sector".

He said the state government should raise the procurement price by at least Rs 100 per kg milk fat.

At present, Punjab State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Limited (Milkfed) is giving Rs 730 per kg fat to dairy farmers, said Sadarpura.

Meanwhile, Milkfed on Saturday announced to increase its milk procurement price being paid to farmers by Rs 20 per kg fat with effect from May 21.

Since March this year, Milkfed has already raised prices by Rs 50 per kg fat.

Punjab Cooperation Minister Harpal Singh Cheema assured farmers that in future also more concrete steps would be taken for the benefit of milk producers, according to an official statement.

Milkfed has always offered high milk purchase prices to milk producers, especially during the pandemic when the private buyers not only stopped buying milk but also drastically reduced the milk procurement prices, he said.

He appealed to all the milk producers to strengthen the milk co-operative societies of Verka by giving maximum milk during the summer period so that Verka gets more milk and profits thus earned are utilised to strengthen the milk co-operative societies and improve the socio-economic position of milk producers by giving them better price

Milkfed MD Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said after agriculture, milk production is the main occupation of rural population.
Milkfed is already paying higher milk procurement prices to its milk producers as compared to other neighbouring states, he claimed. 

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