New Delhi: The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (popularly known as Amul) has sought intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) seeking removal of a ban on the export of skimmed milk, which can be shipped in a big way to Europe.
The government had slapped a ban on the export of skimmed milk products (SMPs) in February to rein in inflation, which had crossed the 6.50% mark.
“Members of our Board of Directors had recently called on officials in the PMO, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Commerce Minister Kamal Nath and made presentations to them,” Chief General Manager RS Sodhi told PTI.
The Amul top brass briefed the PMO about the repercussions of the export ban on the farmers.
After reduction of subsidies on dairy products by the EU under the WTO dispensation, a big opportunity has come up in Europe for export of SMP. “But we cannot avail of this opportunity,” Sodhi said.
He said producers get between Rs 10-12 per litre, which can be exported to Europe with realisations in excess of Rs 25-28 per litre.
Managing Director of Milkfed, Punjab V K Singh, who has also been interacting with senior officials in the Agriculture Ministry, is hopeful of the ban being lifted on export of SMP.
“The government may lift this ban in September, by which time the supply is likely to significantly improve,” he said.
India’s milk production is increasing by 4.5% per annum and the country can become a significant player of the dairy products in the global market.
At present, the country produces 100 million tonnes and the production will more than double in the next 12 years.