Agri Business

Milk price hike inevitable, says Minister

Our Bureau Kozhikode | Updated on August 08, 2011

The increase in milk prices is inevitable irrespective of whatever verdict the High Court delivers in the case between the Government and the Kerala Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (Milma) on whose right it is to decide on milk price hikes, according to Mr K.C. Joseph, Minister for Rural Development.

While laying the foundation stone for development of the Wayanad Dairy on Monday, Mr Joseph said that if the dairy farmers were not given adequate support at a time when the production cost was going up, many of them would be forced to quit the scene. It was surprising that there were problems only when there was an increase in the prices of milk. One of the main pillars of the agricultural sector in the State was dairy development and the Government would consider extending subsidy for cattle feed, he added.

He pointed out that one of the 49 employment areas included in the national employment guarantee scheme was the dairy sector.

Published on August 08, 2011

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