Bangladesh Dairy Farmers' Association (BDFA) has protested low price of locally produced milks and prevalence of low quality imported powdered milk in the market.
Hundreds of owners and employees of dairy farms formed a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club on Saturday to press home their 11-point demand, including one for necessary step to secure price of locally produced milk and save the farmers from loss.They reiterated their demand for imposition of anti-dumping tax on low quality powdered milk and increase in import duty to 50 percent for such milk. The government should increase the import duty on low quality powdered milk while it should not impose any duty on milk powder essential for kids.
Later, they held a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club and read out written statement highlighting their demands.
Speaking on the occasion, BDFA president Imran Hossain said dairy farmers will not benefit from nominal hike in concessionary customs duty as appeared in the proposed budget for FY 2019-20.
“Concessionary customs duty which has been hiked from 5 to 10 percent which is not enough to protect the loss incurring dairy farms,” he said.
Bangladesh Milk Producers' Co-Operative Union Ltd (Milk Vita) chairman Sheikh Nadir Hossain Lipu, BDFA general secretary Shah Amran and senior vice-president Rakibur Rahman Tutul replied to various quarries by the journalists.