The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) led by Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetti announced the withdrawal of agitation by dairy farmers late on Thursday night. This followed the State government’s directive to cooperative and private milk societies to pay Rs. 25 per litre milk to producers from July 21.

“Since the government has accepted our demand to give Rs. 25 per litre rate to dairy farmer, we have decided to withdraw the agitation,” Mr Shetti told
The
Hindu
after a meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Earlier in the evening Dairy Development Minister Mahadev Jankar said in the Assembly, “The government has decided to not give any subsidy on packaged milk. For the rest of milk production, the government will give Rs. 5 per litre subsidy which will be given either to milk collection societies or to the ones which will process the milk.”

This announcement followed a meeting attended by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Mr. Fadnavis, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, and leaders and representatives of milk suppliers federation.

Following the decision, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called Mr. Shetti for a meeting to Nagpur.

The farmers had been holding protests across the state since Monday, seeking a hike of Rs. 5 per litre in the procurement prices.

The impact of the protest was felt in some cities, including Pune, where the supply of milk was partially affected.

At a previous meeting on July 10, the government had announced Rs. 50 per kilogram subsidy on milk powder produced for export. To avail this benefit the societies will now have to pay Rs. 25 per litre to dairy farmers.
(With PTI inputs)

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