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Deadlock emerges over hike in milk prices in Karachi

KARACHI: A deadlock has emerged between local authorities and dairy farm owners over the increase in milk prices, ARY News reported.

The dairy farmers’ attempt to raise the price of milk have remained unsuccessful due to the efforts of the local authorities.  Commissioner Karachi had earlier warned that strict action would be taken against those flouting regulations.

However, representatives of Commissioner Karachi and the dairy farmers have held more than five sessions to negotiate, which have remained inconclusive and a deadlock have emerged over the issue.

It has been known that the dairy farmers are seeking an exorbitant increase of 15-20 rupees per litre in milk prices, which has been rejected by the authorities.

Many citizens have complained that pure milk is not being sold at any dairy outlet, while even adulterated milk is being sold between 89-90 rupees per litre.

The Supreme Court had recently in a landmark decision banned the use of hormonal injections on cattle to increase milk production.  However, dairy farmers instead of increasing the capacity of cattle have resorted to increasing the price of milk, and are attempting to pressurising local authorities to cave in to their demands.

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