The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene have threatened to launch a protest in front of Bangalore Milk Union Ltd. (BAMUL) on July 10 against the decision to reduce milk procurement price by 50 paise from this month.
BAMUL should restore earlier prices and seek a hike of Rs. 4 in the selling price of milk from the government, the organisations demanded.
Sangha and sene leader C. Puttaswamy told presspersons here on Saturday that the union’s action had added to the woes of farmers who were already finding it difficult to make a living because of the failure of the monsoon and the sharp increase in the cost of inputs.
It was “irresponsible” of BAMUL for not marketing about 1 lakh litres of excess milk produced this season in Bangalore, he said.
The cost of milk production had increased. In such a situation, the unions should seek a hike in the selling price, he demanded.
The sangha and the sene also blamed the government and milk unions for the non-expansion of the market in the State. The government had tacitly allowed mushrooming of private milk sellers, they alleged.