Govt lifts export ban on milk products

Nov 23 2012, 17:45 IST
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SummaryThe government has lifted export ban on some milk products, including whole milk powder and dairy whitener, in view of surplus availability.

The government has lifted export ban on some milk products, including whole milk powder and dairy whitener, in view of surplus availability.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has notified the lifting of ban on export of milk and cream, concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter including whole milk powder, dairy whitener and infant milk foods.

The notification followed the decision on the issue by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs earlier this month.

"There is no change in the policy regarding export of skimmed milk powder, which continues to be free," DGFT said.

In February 2011, the government had imposed ban on export of all kinds of milk products -- skimmed milk powder (SMP), whole milk powder (WMP), dairy whitener, infant milk foods, casein and casein products -- to boost domestic supply. The ban was, however, withdrawn in the case of casein in April and SMP in June this year.

Currently, there is a stock of 1.12 lakh tonnes of milk powder in the country. As much as 300 lakh kilo of milk per day was procured in the country in September, while sales were to the tune of only 260 lakh kilo a day.

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