NCDFI Threatens Agitation Against Import Of SMP

Mumbai, Sept 28: | Updated: Sep 29 2003, 05:30am hrs
The general body of the National Co-operative Dairy Federation India Ltd (NCDFI), a body representing the countrys dairy co-operatives, has threatened agitation against the governments decision to permit NDDB to import Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP).

According to NCDFI, importing SMP at this juncture would have serious detrimental effect on the countrys dairy industry and the dairy farmers would have to suffer because of the depressed prices of SMP in the next few years.

NCDFI said there was no shortage of milk in the country and that the overall situation did not warrant import of milk powder at this juncture. NCDFI chairman Dr V Kurien criticised the shortage of SMP inventory of Mother Dairy and attributed it to poor inventory management of the NDDB owned Mother Dairy.

The general body of NCDFI also criticised moves by NDDB to set up joint venture companies with the state dairy federations as minority partners and felt that NDDB should either abandon the joint venture strategy or explore other options to achieve its stated objective of professionalising the marketing functions of the dairy cooperatives.