The milk supply to cooperative societies has fallen by over 10 per cent in three districts — Jind, Hisar and Fatehabad — of Haryana following the decision by native farmer teams in opposition to promoting milk to “government societies” over the problem of three farm legal guidelines.
Protesting dairy farmers say they may promote their milk to the “government societies” solely on the charge of Rs 100 per litre whereas persevering with to promote the milk to frequent man as per ordinary charges. Local teams of farmers and khaps have given a name for this for 5 days — from March 1 to March 5.
The name has bought momentum in just a few villages regardless of the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha distancing itself from the transfer asking the farmers to “follow the programme as issued by the morcha only”.
The farmers promote their milk to the dairies set by cooperatives societies in each village. Chairman of cooperative societies for Jind, Hisar and Fatehabab, Sushil Kumar mentioned that Jind’s Vita Milk Plant acquired 17,000 litres of milk much less on Monday in comparability to Sunday.
“On Sunday, we had received 1.61 lakh litres of milk but on Monday we received 1.44 lakh litres only. We did not get any supply from 17 cooperative societies out of total 761 societies,” Kumar instructed The Indian Express Tuesday.
The Jind milk plant is affiliated to Haryana Dairy Development Cooperative Federation. The federation features beneath the executive management of the state authorities. Federation chairman Randhir Singh says they haven’t acquired any info relating to the decision of farmers but.
However, Sushil Kumar mentioned, “As many as 14-15 villages have completely stopped supplying milk to the cooperative societies as part of their agitation. They offered to sell the milk at the rate of Rs 100 per litre, but we can’t afford milk at this rate. At maximum, we purchase milk at the rate of Rs 62 per litre depending upon the fat in the milk. There won’t be any immediate impact as we have sufficient stocks of butter and milk powder. As of now, the supply of milk to our booths is also normal. But the impact is bound to happen if the milk is not supplied to the societies for long,” he added.
The Jind plant provides milk powder to the Anganwaris and faculties for mid-day meal as per authorities scheme in Hisar, Panipat, Fatehabad and Jind districts, mentioned Kumar.
A farmer chief from Hisar, Suresh Koth, confirmed that in some villages the farmers have stopped promoting milk to the cooperative societies.
(*3*) mentioned Koth, whose farmer outfit is related to the morcha.
Sources mentioned that farmers have began supplying left-out milk to langars being organised for protesting farmers like one such langar being run at Jhanj Kalan village of Jind district. From Dhamtan village, the farmers even equipped 2,200 litres of milk to Tikri border. Few farmers proceed to destroy their wheat crops too regardless of senior farmer leaders asking them not to indulge in such practices. A farmer in Karsindhu village, Lila Ram, Tuesday destroyed his standing crop of wheat in 2.5 acres out of his crop in whole 5 acres.
Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Tuesday referred to as upon the farmers not to make such calls including the efforts have been made to mislead farmers by giving name for “hike in the prices of milk and setting standing crops on fire”.
While urging the farmers not to destroy their crops and likewise not to promote milk at inflated costs, the Chief Minister mentioned: “In a democracy, holding a peaceful protest is everyone’s right but right now the farmers are being misguided to take such kind of drastic steps, which are eventually going to push them on the receiving end. I urge my farmer brothers to refrain from taking such decisions which will not only affect the common man but will also, bring a bad name to them as well.”