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Insured:Law Minister M. Vijayakumar launching the Gosuraksha livestock insurance scheme in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday. Food Minister C. Divakaran and V. Sivankutty, MLA, are also seen.
Insured:Law Minister M. Vijayakumar launching the Gosuraksha livestock insurance scheme in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday. Food Minister C. Divakaran and V. Sivankutty, MLA, are also seen.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government will decide on hiking the milk price on getting the P.K. Mohanty Committee report, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Civil Supplies C. Divakaran has said.

Delivering the presidential address at the launch of the Gosuraksha livestock insurance scheme here on Saturday, Mr. Divakaran said that no scientific study had been conducted on revising the milk price. So far, the government used to go by the suggestions of Milma in fixing the price. A decision would be taken only on getting the report.

The government would also hike the pension of milk farmers. The government was aware of the problems faced by 14 lakh families which depended on the sector to eke out a living. Many farmers were quitting the sector. The government would take steps to retain them in the sector, he said.

Law Minister M. Vijayakumar, who launched the scheme, said that milk production could be increased only by protecting the farmers. The insurance scheme was a significant move. Animal husbandry was the key to food security, he said.

At present the scheme has been implemented only Palakkad, Idukki, Alappuzha and Kollam districts. It is being extended to all over the State. Deputy Leader of the Opposition G. Karthikeyan, V. Sivankutty and Mangode Radhakrishnan, MLAs, Kerala Livestock Development Board Managing Director Ani S. Das and Additional Chief Secretary P.K. Mohanty also spoke.

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