Printed: August 2, 2020 6:28:08 am
The opposition BJP in Maharashtra, together with some farmers’ teams, took to the streets on Saturday to demand a subsidy scheme for dairy farmers. Senior social gathering leaders held demonstrations throughout the state asking for a Rs 10 per litre subsidy for dairy farmers in addition to a Rs 50 per kg export subsidy for skimmed milk powder (SMP).
Dairies throughout the state had taken to slashing their procurement costs after reporting drastic discount of their returns. Earlier than the nationwide lockdown in March, dairy farmers had been paid on the fee of Rs 31 to Rs 32.50 per litre for his or her milk with 3.5 per cent fats and eight.5 per cent (SNF) (solid-not-fat).
For the reason that lockdown, the procurement costs have dropped to Rs 17-22.50 per litre. Diminished demand, particularly because of the closure of the resort eating places and catering (HORECA) has seen dairies complaining of decrease gross sales and elevated inventory of unsold SMP, which had affected their capability to pay farmers.
The BJP has been demanding a Rs 10 per litre subsidy for farmers to enhance their earnings. The opposition has additionally demanded that dairies be paid Rs 50 per kg for export of SMP. They mentioned it will assist in farmers clock higher realisation. Senior BJP leaders additionally identified how the then Devendra Fadnavis-led authorities had given a Rs 5 per litre subsidy for dairy farmers in 2018. The whole subsidy paid to farmers was over Rs 690 crore.
Moreover the BJP, All India Kisan Sabha — the farmers wing of CPIM — in addition to Rayat Kranti Sangthana, the farmers outfit floated by former minister Sadabhau Khot, additionally participated within the agitation on Saturday. Khot and different members of the organisation stopped the transportation of milk.
BJP leaders throughout the state had additionally carried out agitation in varied talukas and districts. In Ahmednagar, senior BJP chief Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and others had been arrested for protesting.
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