Dairy farmers spill 14,000 litres of milk in Odisha stir

The farmers from Bheden and Atabira block of Bargarh district were protesting against Omfed authorities’ refusal to accept their milk on grounds of adulteration.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published:May 13, 2016 4:47 am
A man bathes in the milk, in Bargarh Thursday. PTI A man bathes in the milk, in Bargarh Thursday. PTI

More than 14,000 litres of milk flowed on streets of Bargarh town in Odisha Thursday after dairy farmers protesting against the state-owned Odisha State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (Omfed) emptied their cans and then forcibly opened the valve of an Omfed milk tanker.

The farmers from Bheden and Atabira block of Bargarh district were protesting against Omfed authorities’ refusal to accept their milk on grounds of adulteration. They first poured 8,000 litres of milk from their cans onto the road near Gandhi Square. They then stopped an Omfed tanker carrying 6,000 litres to a chilling plant, opened the valve of the tanker and milk flowed onto the road.

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Omfed CMD Bishnupada Sethi said the farmers had been warned against adulterating milk. “Some farmers were adding caustic soda and sugar to milk before it went to the chilling plant. When we tested, we detected the adulteration. Today, we sent back 8,000-9,000 litres of milk brought by farmers of these societies.”

The farmers alleged that Omfed has been rejecting their milk for quite some time. Farmer leader Lingaraj said: “If Omfed feels some farmers are adulterating milk, they should act against them and not punish everyone.”

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