Maharashtra Farmers Spill gallons of milk to demand higher price

Dairy farmers in Sangli spilled gallons on milk to protest a hike in the procurement price of milk and special subsidy for milk producers. Watch video.

Maharashtra farmers organization Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathna on Tuesday left the internet in shock after a video of farmers dumping liters of milk on road went viral.

According to news agency ANI, these farmers were demanding a hike in the procurement price of milk. The spilling of milk was marked as a form of protest by the farmer’s organization. The dairy farmers demanded an increase in milk procurement prices to Rs 25 per liter. These Maharashtra farmers have warned of more protests if their demands are not met at the earliest. They emptied milk tankers on the roads of Sangli to mark the protest.

The protestors on Tuesday along with members of the Raju Shetti-led Swambhimani Shetkari Sanghatana stopped milk tankers on the way and emptied them on the Pune-Bengaluru highway. The roadway passed two districts from there.

In conversation with PTI, Shetti said they are demanding an increase in milk procurement prices by Rs 5 per liter and the benefit to be directly deposited into the accounts of milk producers. Shetti also demanded cancellation of the Centre’s decision to import 10,000 tonnes of milk powder.

“We are not happy to waste milk but the government is protecting dairies and not considering farmers’ woes,” Shetti said in his statement.

Watch the viral video here:

The video quickly spread like wildfire across the internet and many slammed these Maharashtra farmers for wasting milk when they could help the needy and poor with it.

Reacting to the video, a twitter user wrote: ”Horrendous! People who waste and disrespect food should be given strict punishment. So many homeless, poor people could have been fed with that milk.”

Take a look at some of the reactions here:

Meanwhile, Parag Milk Foods MD Pritam Shah, All India Kisan Sabha leader Ajit Navale and other milk federations have urged the government to intervene and provide much-needed relief to farmers and milk powder producers.

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