Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday assured he would convene a meeting with the Opposition leaders to tackle the problems faced by milk producers who have been adversely hit because of surplus supply of milk and decline in prices. Fadnavis made it clear that interests of both consumers and farmers who are engaged in the milk production would be safeguarded.
Earlier, Revenue Minister and Minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Eknath Khadse said, “The government will guard the consumers interest and not private players who seek higher milk prices at the cost of consumers.” Khadse said, “The government’s concern is to protect the interest of the consumers who benefit with drop in milk prices. And argued that private players who own the dairy don’t pass the benefit to the farmers.”
The senior NCP leaders Ajit Pawar, Dilip Walse Patil, Jaidutt Kshirsagar raised concerns over the sharp decline in the milk prices from Rs 27 per litre to Rs 17 per litre. The NCP leaders argued, ” The drop in milk prices have adversely hit the farmers.” Both Pawar and Patil argued, “We are seeking fair remuneration for farmers. As milk is perishable product and cannot last beyond a day.” However, Khadse argued, “The private dairy companies are getting supply from other states to show higher supply and seek more prices.”
But Khadse said, “Government wants to promote milk cooperatives. And would not allow private vested interests to influence government.”