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state government accept to give Rs 5 per liter subsidy for milk producer

This amount will not be credited directly to the account but the milk producers will get Rs. 5 through milk unions. It is mandatory for each Dudh Sangh to give this benefit of Rs. 5 to the farmers.

The agitation for a subsidy of Rs 5 per liter for milk producers in the state has finally succeeded. This is because the state government will provide a subsidy of Rs 5 per liter to milk producers, Minister of State for Dairy Development Arjun Khotkar announced in the Assembly on Thursday. The government has also clarified that milk teams will not be allowed to pay less than Rs 25 per liter to farmers. Therefore, the agitation that has been going on for the last four days will come to an end. The announcement was made after a meeting with the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in Nagpur. This decision will be effective from July 21.

Raju Shetty, leader of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, had demanded that a subsidy of Rs 5 should be directly credited to the milk farmers. Accordingly, the government has agreed to pay Rs 5 per liter. However, this amount will not be credited directly to the account but the milk producers will get Rs. 5 through milk unions. It is mandatory for each Dudh Sangh to give this benefit of Rs. 5 to the farmers.

According to the meeting, the subsidy scheme will not be applicable for bagged milk produced by co-operative and private milk unions in the state. Apart from this, the government will provide a subsidy of Rs 5 per liter for milk, but it will not be credited directly to the account but will be given through milk unions. Also, those who are milk powder producers will be able to avail the subsidy of Rs 5 per liter, but they will not be able to avail the subsidy for milk powder export.

Earlier, in a meeting held on July 10, the government announced an incentive subsidy of Rs 50 per kg for export of milk powder and Rs 5 per liter for export of milk. However, all types of milk teams will be able to avail the benefits of this scheme only if they offer a price of Rs. 25 per liter to the milk producing farmers.

The decision, taken by the government through discussion, has been agreed to by all the co-operative and private milk producers, processing and supply associations in the state.

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