Milk Producers Threaten Stir if Procurement Price Not Hiked
By Express News Service | Published: 20th January 2014 08:02 AM |
The Puducherry State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation has threatened to launch an agitation if the State government did not hike the procurement price of milk for the local producers.
In a statement here on Sunday, federation president Embalam Selvam said his association along with other milk producers will picket the State assembly with their milch animals if the procurement price of milk is not raised.
He said the Pondicherry Co-operative Milk Producers Union (Ponlait) is now giving `19 per litre to procure milk from the local producers. He pointed out that the neighbouring State of TN had announced an increase in the procurement price of milk, but the UT government here has not taken any steps in this regard.
Selvam said Ponlait has been collecting only 25,000 liters of milk from the local producers. Pointing out that Ponlait is selling one lakh litres of milk a day, he wondered why Ponlait was purchasing milk for `29 a litre while TN, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh are paying only `24 as procurement price.
Selvam wanted the Governor and CM to initiate suitable action against those responsible for paying higher price for procuring milk from outside the UT.
He charged that the procurement of milk from other State for a higher price is provided without any tender or any contract. Selvam said the federation members were ready to provide milk with the procurement price as `23 with the help of other private milk producers.
He charged that the discrimination shown to the local milk producers by Ponlait resulted in the fall of milk production. Selvam said the move to appoint excess workers would make the Ponlait a sick unit.