Maharashtra government on Thursday accepted a key demand of the farmers in a bid to end the 4-day agitation by dairy farmers.
According to the media reports, the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis government had announced that Rs 25 per litre will be the minimum rate of milk for dairy farmers in effect from July 21 in the state.
Dairy Development Minister Mahadev Jankar said in the Legislative Assembly that, the government has decided to give Rs.25 per litre for milk to dairy farmers from July 21.
The farmers have been holding the protest in different parts of the state since Monday, demanding a hike of Rs.5 per litre in the procurement prices. The impact of the protest was felt particularly in Mumbai and Pune where the milk supplies got affected.
Earlier Raju Shetti, Swabhimani Paksha MP had said, “I’m ready to withdraw the agitation if the milk-purchase rate is fixed around Rs 25 per litre”.
The announcement made by the minister soon after a meeting convened by Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade.
The meeting was held amongst Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, leaders and representatives of milk suppliers federation.
The districts of Kolhapur, Sangli, Ahmednagar and Nashik are the major milk producers which supply the bulk of the stock to Mumbai and Pune.