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April 17, 2018

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Dairy farmers demand ban on dry milk

PESHAWAR: Dairy and livestock farmers have voiced concern over import and sale of dry milk and asked the government to impose a ban on it and take steps to improve milk and meat production in the country.

Speaking at a news conference at Peshawar Press Club here on Monday, Dairy and Cattle Farmers Association President Shakir Umar Gujjar said the dairy sector was facing crisis due to wrong policies of the government.

He said that as many as 200 dairy farmers have become bankrupt in Karachi while about 100 dairy farmers migrated from Sindh to Punjab.Shakir Umar Gujjar said hundreds of tons of skimmed and milk powder had been imported during last five years in the country.

He demanded imposition of heavy duty on the import of milk and whey powder.The association president for Punjab region, Haji Ilyas, members working group, Shabbir Afridi, Haji Asif, Wali Khan, Haji Ibrahim, Imdad, Rabiul Islam, Dr Abdul Farid, Syed Mukhtiar, and a large number of small dairy farmers from various parts of KP were present.

He said the country had the potential to meet the requirements of milk and meat on a daily basis but it needed support of the government. Shakir Umar Gujjar expressed concern over export of animal fodder, and demanding ban on export and subsidy to farmers on import of animal feeds.

He said all the tax and duties should be withdrawn on dairy equipment. He said an inquiry should be conducted about imported dry and whey milk powder, where it had gone during the last five years in the country. Shakir Umar Gujjar said Free Trade Agreement should be signed with other countries like Malaysia.

He said cattle colonies should be established in Peshawar and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to ensure supply of fresh milk. He announced formation of a working group comprising dairy farmers in KP, which would highlight issues of small dairy farmers in the province.

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