The demand for inclusion of more farmers supplying milk to the dairies in Karimnagar and Nalgonda and the need for all dairy farmers to fetch a price of Rs. 4 a litre figured prominently in the Legislative Assembly during the question hour on Sunday.

The question was raised among others by Ramesh Chennamaneni and in response, Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said that the practice of giving Rs. 4 a litre to dairy farmers was introduced only after the TRS came to power.

“For 13 years, the previous governments did not do anything. Earlier, procurement by the Vijaya Dairy was only a lakh litres, but after we announced Rs. 4 a litre, procurement shot up to 6 lakh litres,” he pointed out.


The discussion saw members including Mr. Ramesh Chennamaneni and Anjaiah (TRS) and Vamsichand Reddy (Congress) speaking about several problems in the sector, including arrears from the government, non-supply of feed, mineral mixture and veterinary medicines. Mr. Ramesh wanted farmers who supplied milk to the dairies in Karimnagar and Nalgonda to be included in the scheme too.

Mr. Srinivas Reddy said that while about Rs. 16 crore was allocated thus far, it was said that the demand for payment of Rs. 4 a litre for farmers could work out to Rs. 59 crore.

The Chief Minister had given the nod for the amount too, he said. As for fodder seed, the demand was about 1,800 metric tonnes in the State, including 270 MT for just Mahabubnagar alone, he said, adding that the government was prepared to extend help to the sector to the hilt.