CM Palaniswami says Milk procurement price hiked on dairy farmers’ demands
Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami said milk price has to be increased, considering the production cost and the welfare of dairy farmers.
CM said, “During (the last) Assembly session, Opposition leader (M.K. Stalin) urged the government to accept the request of the dairy farmers and increase the milk procurement price. During the same session, I said that the procurement price and the selling price will be increased, considering the farmers’ request. The procurement price has not been revised in almost five years. The cost of milk production has increased due to an increase in the cost of fodder and transportation. Hence, the cost of procurement and the selling price (of milk) had to be raised.”
Mr. Palaniswami said, “Currently, most of the milk producer unions are running on losses, and only a few dairies are running profitably. The cost of transportation has increased due to the hike in fuel prices. Hence, the procurement price has been revised, considering the welfare of nearly 4.6 lakh farmers.”
CM said, “The price is being revised only after five years. Over the years, there has been inflation. The salaries of professionals and labourers have also increased.”