Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) chairman H.D. Revanna has stated that the KMF and 13 other milk federations in the State could not do without increasing the milk prices in the State.

Mr. Revanna told presspersons here on Saturday that all the federations were incurring losses to the extent of Rs. 1.75 a litre.

The KMF wanted to give Rs. 15 a litre to farmers. But that would be possible only if the milk prices were increased Rs. 2 a litre.

He said the federations were giving Rs. 11.50 to Rs. 12 a litre of milk to farmers which were not meeting the production cost.

He said all the overheads, including the prices of fodder and maintenance had gone up considerably and over 25 lakh milk farmers were barely breaking even.

He said he would soon convene a meeting of managing directors of all the 13 federations in the state.

He had already appealed to Minister for Cooperation, Lakshman Savadi, and to the Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, to consider the increase in milk prices but it was unfortunate the Government had filed a caveat in the High Court against any price increase.

Water more costly

Taking exceptions to the statements of Mr. Savadi stating that the increase in milk prices was an anti-people move, Mr. Revanna said: “A litre of drinking water costs Rs. 16 in the market but the nutritious milk costs less which was a shame on the Government”.

He said there was no turning back from the decision of the KMF.

This was an apolitical decision and he appealed to the Ministers not to politicise the issue.