No proposal to import milk from Australia at preferential tariffs: Minister

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Union Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Minister Parshottam Rupala on Tuesday denied farm boss Rakesh Tikait’s claim that there is a proposal to import milk from Australia.

“Some organizations work solely on the basis of a protest policy and spread disinformation. Their only goal is to distract the farmers. There is no concession proposal of any kind on import duties for dairy products under consideration for breeding. and the dairy department, ”Rupala tweeted in response to Tikait’s claims.

Two days ago, Tikait tweeted: “The government will sign an agreement with Australia next month allowing it to sell milk at Rs 20-22 per liter. This government’s decision to import milk will put a question mark on survival itself. breeders across the country. Farmers will protest against this decision.

Rupala had also supplemented his meter with an additional tweet which read: “You would be happy to know that India is the largest producer of milk in the world.”

An official from the Ministry of Livestock and Dairy Production said, “Forget about importing. We have a surplus of milk, we don’t need to import milk, not from Australia, not from anywhere. Instead, what we are aggressively considering is exporting to milk deficit countries.

The government also gives a subsidy to the working capital interest to the cooperatives so that they can make and store powdered milk when they need it, as the market is cyclical and the winter experiences excess production, which is marketed in been, the official said.

According to government statistics, as mentioned in the 2020-21 annual report of the ministry, the total annual production is 198.40 tons (2019-2020). The availability of milk per person per day in India is 406 g.

Tikait has emerged as a prominent agricultural leader during the unrest that has lasted for more than a year to protest controversial farm laws forcing the government to repeal them. Asked about the minister’s public denial, Tikait told IANS: “This is a proposal that has been pending for at least a year. The minister himself is not aware of what is happening in his ministry because these are things decided directly by the PMO. This proposal continued. the background due to the corona pandemic. But now the government is moving forward with this deal in February. “

“Rupala may have tweeted anything, but we know for sure it will happen in February. This company will sell milk at Rs 22 per liter in the villages. Landless farmers, smallholder farmers in villages will die. These people depend on the milk of their cattle. The company will not buy from here, it will bring in powdered milk from outside. Consumers could benefit, but farmers will die, ”Tikait said.

–IANS

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