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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 - 19:15
Dairy farmers take to the streets; Request for government to take over 30,000 buffaloes.
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Dairy farmers have been greatly inconvenienced and rendered helpless to vend their product due to the market density of liquid dairy products accumulating.

The dairy farmers of Nuwara Eliya expressed their dissent against this situation by launching a protest in the Hatton town this morning.

The dairy farmers charge that no institution had volunteered to purchases their produce for the last 10 days.

The farmers say that due to the status-quo surrounding their product, their industry could not be sustained any further.

Farmers ran their milk into the streets this morning in a dissentious gesture towards their current plight.

Here are some of the views expressed by these dairy farmers.

Meanwhile our news team sought the views of deputy minister of live stock & rural community development H R Mithrapala in this regard.

In reply the minister stated that the purchasing mechanism had not been halted.

He however stated that there was bottleneck being experienced with regards to storing the purchased product, since a product surplus had led to an issue in the purchasing mechanism.

Meanwhile according to the Hela Urumaya farmers in the Udawalawa area have been greatly inconvenienced since around 30,000 buffalos do not have sufficient grazing grounds to feed upon.

The Hela Urumaya further charges that these cows are not being permitted entry into the Udawalawa National Park for them to forage.

Attending a media briefing today Parliamentarian Ven.Athuraliye Rathana Thero stated that these cows should be purchased by the government.

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