Mysore Dairy to launch agitation if stay on price hike not vacated

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Mysore, Aug 23 (UNI) Members of Mysore Dairy have threatened to launch agitation if the Karnataka government did not get vacated the stay against the milk price hike proposed by the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF).

Addressing the media persons here, Mysore-Chamarajanagara Districts Milk Producers Cooperative Societies Union President K Umashankar said that the KMF hiked the prices as it was inevitable in view of the increase in the production and processing cost of milk.

Maintaining that the decision to hike by Rs 2 per litre was taken to protect the interests of the farmers who supply milk to the Dairy. The KMF was planning to pay Rs 1.50 to farmers while remaining 50 paise for the Dairy's development.

Stating that the farmers were not in a position to supply milk at the existing price of Rs 12 in view of the increase in cattle feed and other related costs. The dairies coming under KMF too were suffering losses due to increased transportation charges, processing and maintenance costs, Mysore Dairy alone has suffered Rs 46 lakh loss during the last two months, he added.

Mysore Dairy procures three lakh liters of milk daily, in all 1.5 lakh litter would be supplied to consumers and the remaining was utilised for manufacture of other products, he said.

Urging the government to vacate the stay forthwith, otherwise, we would be forced to launch agitation along with farmers against the government, he warned.


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