New Delhi: The central government has assured the country's farmers that it will not compromise farmers' interests in foreign trade agreements. The government has made this statement especially with regard to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. The government will take full care of this in negotiating the proposed agreement with 16 countries, including 10 ASEAN members. In a meeting with a delegation of dairy industry including NDDB, the officials of the Ministry of Commerce assured that the farmers would not be allowed to suffer losses.
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The dairy industry, in a meeting with the authorities, feared heavy import of dairy products from Australia and New Zealand after the RCEP. New Zealand is the world's largest exporter of milk and dairy products. Companies associated with the dairy industry say that due to the price of imported products being much lower than the domestic market, there will be a glut of imported products and prices will come down. This may reduce the price of milk to farmers.
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RS Sodhi, MD, Gujarat Milk and Marketing Federation (GCCF), who markets the Amul brand after the meeting, said skimmed milk powder is available in the international market including New Zealand at Rs 160 to 180 per kg. While its price in the domestic market is 280-290 rupees a kg. After the agreement, the price of dairy imports will get reduced in the country, which will make it difficult for the dairy industry to give the current price of milk to the farmers. Please tell that farmers in the country have agitated many times over the price of milk.
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