In a bid to press the government to hike the procurement price of milk, producers have decided to launch an indefinite state-wide strike from Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu Milk Producers’ Welfare Association said on Monday.
According to K A Sengotuvel, president of the association, as the State government had not responded to their appeal for talks, milk producers have decided to go ahead with their strike plan from Tuesday. Farmers all over the state would bring their cattle to the streets as a mark of protest and also stop supplies to cooperative societies, he added.
The association has been demanding a hike in procurement price of cow and buffalo milk for sometime now. Earlier this year, the government had raised the procurement price of cow milk from `20 to `23 and buffalo milk from `28 to `31 per litre. However, the association had said that considering the exorbitant increase in cost of inputs, the hike was insufficient. They have been demanding `30 for cow and `40 per litre of buffalo milk, besides seeking an incentive of `3 per litre.
The other demands made include compensation for cattle perished in foot and mouth disease outbreak, allocation of five per cent of procurement price for running expenditure of primary milk cooperatives and regularization of services of employees working at primary societies.
With the association deciding to go ahead with its strike, the State would be short of 22 lakh litres of milk daily. Moreover, sources said that dairies did not have buffer stock to manage the demand-supply gap.