Condemning the Mandya Milk Manufacturers’ Union Ltd. (MANMUL) for cutting the procurement price, dairy farmers poured hundreds of litres of milk, in protest, on the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway here on Monday.
Mandya union is buying milk at a cost of just Rs. 21 a litre, they told The Hindu .
The milk union at Gejjalagere near Maddur has been receiving around 8.67 lakh litres of milk from over 96,900 producers in the district. It is establishing a fully automated and sophisticated dairy, with a processing capacity of 12 lakh litres a day, at a cost of Rs. 227.47 crore. According to the dairy farmers, the union has been raising funds from various sources, mainly by continuously cutting the milk procurement prices.
Just Rs. 21
While the selling price of milk of the union starts from Rs. 36 a litre, the procurement price has been reduced to Rs. 21 a litre. The production cost has been skyrocketing and the union, despite protests, has been reluctant to increase the procurement price, the milk producers told The Hindu .
The Dakshina Kannada union is paying Rs. 28.67 a litre to the producers, while the Bengaluru union is buying milk at a cost of Rs. 25 a litre. The procurement price by the Kolar union is Rs. 24 per litre, they said. Milk procurement price should be increased to Rs. 28 a litre, they demanded.