Milk producers vow to continue protest

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Ponda, June 13, 2018: Milk producers seeking a rollback of cattle feed rate hike have decided to write to the Registrar of Cooperative Societies and Goa Dairy on Monday to press for their demands.

On Thursday, the farmers sat on a hunger strike after Goa Dairy rejected their demand. Congress veterans, including GPCC president Girish Chodankar, Ponda MLA Ravi Naik and Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco visited the farmers on Friday and extended their support to the cause. They also met Goa Dairy chairman Rajesh K Phaldessai and urged him to resolve the issue. Following a request from the Congress MLAs, Phaldessai convened a meeting on Saturday. Since October 2017, the Goa State Milk Producers’ Union, popularly known as Goa Dairy, has raised the cattle feed rate by Rs 2.50 per kg, and farmers are against it. The dairy has its plant at Mharvasaddo, Usgao and provides feed to milk producers at subsidised rates.

“According to directors, if the rates of cattle feed are lowered now, they would have to be raised again after monsoon when prices of all ingredients go up,” Phaldessai said according to timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
The farmers withdrew the stir on Friday afternoon after a meeting with the Congressmen and the dairy chairman. The milk producers are also apparently demanding removal of the dairy’s managing director, N C Sawant, who they blame for all alleged irregularities in the dairy. However, the farmers said they never asked for the MD to be removed, and it was Phaldessai who asked them about it.

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