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TN farmers' plea to raise milk procurement rate

G Gurumurthy

Coimbatore , Dec. 24

The Salem-based United Farmers Association has asked the State Government to increase the milk procurement rate which will encourage producers to increase output and at the same time, buttress the farmers' income.

There is a need to supplement the income levels of the farmers in rural areas affected by high inflation and raising the procurement rate will directly benefit the rural folk largely involved in rearing milch animals, according to Mr P. Vyapuri, President of the association.

In a statement, Mr Vyapuri pointed out that the daily milk production in the State during the current flush season this year fell to below 25 lakh litres as compared to 26 lakh litres last year. With rising inflation, the farmers with milch animals felt the present procurement rate very low compared to the costs involved in maintaining the animals, the farmer leader said adding that an increase of Rs 2 per litre should be effected immediately in the procurement rate.

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