Shiv Sena candidate opts for a ‘milky’ way

Demanding that the milk procurement prices be hiked,Shiv Sena candidate for Hatkanangale Lok Sabha constituency Raghunathdada Patil has threatened that his Shetkari Sanghatana will block milk supply to Mumbai from April 6.

Written by Dhaval Kulkarni | Mumbai | Published:March 29, 2009 4:51 pm

Demanding that the milk procurement prices be hiked,Shiv Sena candidate for Hatkanangale Lok Sabha constituency Raghunathdada Patil has threatened that his Shetkari Sanghatana will block milk supply to Mumbai from April 6.

The Sangli-based Patil,who had split from farmers’ leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Joshi’s Shetkari Sanghatana to float his parallel outfit,has demanded that the price be hiked by April 1.

Milk producers now get around Rs 16.20 per litre for buffalo milk,which contains around six measures of fat (at the rate of Rs 2.70 per measure of fat). Cow milk fetches them around Rs 9 per litre (Rs 3.5 per measure),he said. Patil demanded that producers be given Rs 4 per measure of fat regardless of whether it is cow or buffalo milk.

Patil has threatened that they “would not allow the movement of milk tankers in Mumbai” if this was not done.

Patil said that after an agitation for hiking procurement price of milk by Shirol MLA and farmers’ leader Raju Shetty,who is contesting as the Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidate from Hatkanangale,the procurement prices were hiked. Patil said it was lowered a couple of months later by the government,claiming that there was a milk surplus in the state.

Patil further said that while milk co-operatives and dairies had hiked the sale price of milk by Rs 2,milk producers had been given a hike of just Re 1 per litre. Patil said while procurement prices had been reduced later,the input costs like the price of fodder had been rising. He also blamed milk co-operatives and federations for the state of affairs.

Mumbai gets around 42 lakh litres of milk every day from parts of western Maharashtra and Nashik,and around 8 lakh litres from Kolhapur alone.

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