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‘Free trade agreement with EU to hit dairy sector’

Chief Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Union government Tuesday for its proposed free trade agreement with the European Union (EU) and said it would destroy the country’s domestic dairy sector.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Ahmedabad | Published: July 31, 2013 3:04 am

Chief Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Union government Tuesday for its proposed free trade agreement with the European Union (EU) and said it would destroy the country’s domestic dairy sector. “The Central government plans to sign a free trade agreement with the EU which will force our country to import milk and milk products from them. That will destroy domestic the country’s dairy sector,” Modi said,while addressing the Gujarat Co-operative Congress here.

“This (UPA) government is bent upon destroying the agriculture-based animal husbandry and dairy culture of the country,as it has decided to go ahead with the free trade agreement by keeping the domestic co-operative dairy and animal husbandry sector in dark,” he alleged.

Alleging that the Celtral Government had adopted a “discriminatory” policy against Gujarat’s co-operative sector,Modi said despite Gujarat’s capacity to provide milk to many other states,the Centre had “refused” to make railway milk tanker facilities available.

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