MNCs eyeing dairying in India: Kodiyeri

Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015,20:40 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kozhikode | With tacit support from the Centre, multi-national corporate houses are attempting to foray into profit-making dairy farming in the country, CPI (M) Kerala State Secretary and Politburo Member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan says.
Inaugurating the Malabar Regional Convention of Dairy Farmers here, he said interests of 15 lakh dairy farmers will be in jeopardy if the Centre went ahead with a  proposal by European Union to foray into the Rs 4 lakh crore revenue making dairying in the country, he said.
He said dairy farmers will face the same fate of rubber farmers, reeling under debt following price crash of products in the wake inking Asean Free Trade Agreement. Calling upon farmers to resist any such attempt, he said rubber prices had declined  to Rs 100 per kg following relaxation of import norms as an impact of Asean Agreement.
He underlined the need for unification of farming community as in the case of trade unions aimed at preventing farmers’ suicides in the country. Through the new land bill, the Centre was attempting to snatch away land holdings of farmers for the benefit of big corporate houses, he alleged
Kerala Karshaka Sangham State President K V Ramakrishnan, K V Vijaya Das, MLA and CPI (M) Kozhikode District Secretary P Mohanan, among others, were present.