Farmers pour down milk on street demanding price hike

Bhubaneswar: Demanding a hike in price of milk, the farmers today staged demonstration in front of the OMFED office here at Saheed Nagar by pouring down complete food. Their demands include Rs 30 per /litre . They also demanded the cattle food should be provided to them at Rs 18/kg.

Inclusion of milk in mid-day meal scheme and loan at one per cent interest rate are also some other demands of the milk farmers.

Around hundreds farmers under the banner of Odisha Milk Farmers’ Association staged protest in an innovative way by distributing liquid commodity to some poor people. They also poured gallons of milk down in front of the office to put forth their demand.

“The association demands before the government to pay Rs 30/ litre as prices of essential commodities have gone up considerably. The OMFED authorities have put burden on the consumers by increasing the price of premium milk. But, a farmer is not getting a single penny from it”, an agitator said.

He added that Odisha Assembly has recently moved resolution over paddy MSP while it has done precious little for the milkmen.

“We will intensify our agitation in village level if the government fails to meet our demands”, he warned.