Dairy farmers face financial loss on selling milk at Rs.85 per liter, SHC told

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Dairy farmers face financial loss on selling milk at Rs.85 per liter, SHC told

February 22, 2018

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday was informed by the counsel of dairy farmers that they were facing financial losses on selling milk at administration’s fixed price Rs.85 per liter, requesting the court to increase the price.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi was hearing the petition filed by Mohammad Imran Shehzad, a civil rights campaigner, who had moved the court for reduction of rates of dairy products and formation of a taskforce to regulate their prices.

In Thursday’s hearing, the lawyer representing the dairy farmers said that they were facing financial loss on sale of milk at Rs.85 per liter. He said that the rate had been fixed as per federal Act despite the fact there was provincial law was also exist.

The commissioner Karachi informed the judges that the rates of dairy products were set on the recommendations of all stakeholders including the dairy farmers.

Putting off the matter till Feb 27, the bench sought the criteria for fixation of dairy products.

Earlier, the petitioner had informed the court that authorities concerned were unable to ensure selling of milk at administration’s fixed prices, adding that dairy products were not being sold under Price Control and Prevention Profiteering and Hoarding Act, 1977.

According to the petitioner, the SHC in August 2016 directed the authorities concerned to form a mechanism to control and maintain the prices of dairy product; however, the milk prices were increased in violation of court’s earlier order.

The court was requested by the petitioner to direct the law enforcement agencies, including Rangers and police, to ensure the sale of milk at reasonable prices.

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