Maharashtra: On Tuesday, workers of Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathna, a farmers organization, took to the streets of Kolhapur district, Maharashtra as a sign of pretest against the low prices of milk and spilled several gallons of milk on the streets, demanding a minimum rate of RS. 25 per litre.
Raju Shetti, head of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathna, along with other members stopped milk tankers and emptied them on the streets of Pune – Bengaluru bypass highway.
“We are demanding an increase in milk procurement prices by Rs 5 per litre and the benefit to be directly deposited into the accounts of milk producers,” Shetti said, adding, “We are also demanding an export subsidy of Rs 30 for milk producers and cancellation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) levied on milk products.”
Further, Shetti demanded cancellation of the Centre’s decision to import 10,000 tonnes of milk powder, denoting that milk business in the state has been affected “because of the policies of the central government”.
“We are not happy to waste milk but the government is protecting dairies and not considering farmers’ woes,” Shetti asserted.