Komul reduces purchase price of milk by more than a rupee

Farmers get Rs 18 a litre from Friday, against Rs 19.40 a litre

The Kolar-Chikkaballapur Milk Union has reduced the milk purchase price by Rs 1.40 a litre, with effect from Friday.

The decision was arrived at the meeting of board of directors held on Thursday. According to sources, it was proposed to reduce by the purchase price by Rs 3 litre.

However, considering the welfare of the dairyfarmers, it was decided to slash the purchase price by Rs 1.40. The farmers will not get Rs 18 for every litre of milk they sell to the Milk Union against Rs 19.40 paid earlier.

The meeting also decided to obtain an overdraft Rs 20 crore for the purpose of paying the dues to milk producers. It was resolved to take steps for immediate sale of milk power to clear the stock.

Sources said, Dr A V Prasanna, who had not vacated his post as the president of the Milk Union as agreed, consented resign by December 15.

Protest

The secretaries and presidents of various milk co-operative societies staged a dharna in front of the office of the Milk Union demanding immediate payment of milk purchase price to dairy farmers and not to reduce the purchase price.

Since none of the directors came out to hear their grievances, the protesters assembled outside the meeting hall and threatened to barge into the meeting.

There was no response to the threat and some protesters ventured to make a forced entry into the meeting hall.

However, President of the Federation, Dr A V Prasanna, managing director Dr G T Gopal, directors Kadenahalli Nagaraj, K V Nagaraju, Madderi Ramegowda came out and succeeded in pacifying the protesters.

Four instalments

The directors of the union said the dairy farmers in Kolar and Chikkaballapur were to be paid four instalments. They said usually two instalments will always be due and steps will be taken to disburse the balance of Rs 30 crore before December 15.

Earlier, director Kadenahalli Nagaraj too declared his support for dharna, only to be rejected the protesters. They said it would be more beneficial if the directors took steps to address their woes.

The Milk Union has been in the spot light owing to reported differences between the president and the board of directors.

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