PONDA: Dairy Farmers urged Government to bring farmer-friendly schemes as also there is a need to safeguard the interest of milk producers in the State to sustain the Dairy business by providing essential services and farmer-friendly schemes from time to time.
Sanjiv Cuncoliekar, President of Akhil Goa Dud Udpadak Utkarsha Sangatana, addressing to media along with office bearers, said Government should send the veterinary doctors of the department to work in rural areas to check up on the health of cattle.
He also stressed the need to provide vaccines in time to control the diseases affecting dairy cows-buffaloes and solve basic needs. He urged the Government to know the needs of the farmers and promote the dairy industry.
He said He said there are around 4500 milk farmers in State. He said that his organisation’s goal is to convey the pending issues of Goa dairy producers to the Government.
He said Dairy farmers are facing a lot of difficulties, and becoming more difficult for milk producers daily. To implement ‘Farmer Friendly’ schemes which are useful for the producers in the State today, there is a need for coordination between the Government and the farmers.
When asked about Sumul’s Competition with Goa Dairy, he said if there is competition between the two, it would not harm farmers’ interests but would benefit them. He said there is a need to control the losses faced by Goa Dairy.
To improve the affairs of Goa Dairy, Sanjeev Cuncolienkar also stressed the need for a change in rules so that farmers will get right and directly elect the Goa Dairy Chairman.
Other members stressed the need to bring Goa Dairy under RTI to bring transparency to the business. The other members said they are worried about loss-making Goa Dairy, whose accumulated loss for three years went to Rs 14 Crore.