'No proposal to hike milk price'

Rs 65 crore plan submitted to NDDB

Speaking to reporters after visiting Komul (Kolar-Chikkaballapur Milk Union Limited) here on Monday, he disclosed that Karnataka Milk Federation has submitted a Rs 65 crore proposal to the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to improve dairy farming in the State.

Reddy said that NDDB has assured of providing grant up to 20 pc and the balance would be arranged in consultation with the chief minister.

“It is the ambition to take KMF on par with NDDB. While the annual turnover of the Board is Rs 7,300 crore that of the KMF is Rs 3,313 crore. Programmes are being formulated to realise the goal,” Reddy revealed.

Committee constituted
A committee has been constituted to overcome the competition by private dairies. The marketing strategy of the Federation is intended to be changed after the committee submits its report. Action will be taken against irregularities committed during the tenure of earlier chairman, H D Revanna, once the committee appointed, submits its report.

Reddy opined that dairy farming could be developed only by considering the entire state comprehensively. “Restricting oneself to a particular district or constituency will stifle the the growth and paves way for social and financial inequalities in the sector.  Past chairmen have neglected North Karnataka and Hyderbad-Karnataka regions, he alleged.

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