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Milk to be dumped in protest against new rules

By The Nation

 

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DAIRY FARMERS are threatening to dump milk in protest over the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry’s new regulations, which they say has affected milk production nationwide and resulted in a surplus of 110 tonnes of milk per day or 3,300 tonnes per month.

 

Citing an intent to create market diversity, the ministry recently issued new criteria for the school-milk scheme, which now welcomes anyone to supply 1,300 tonnes of milk per day for schools.

 

The Milk Board has also joined dairy cooperatives to object to the new approach.

 

The group, led by Dairy Cooperatives Federation of Thailand executives Nairit Jamlay, Subin Pom-o-cha and Winna Srisongkhram, voiced their opposition yesterday, saying previous governments had applied fair criteria to the scheme, leaving no unsold leftovers. They said local dairy farmers were also allowed to export their produce to other Asean countries. 

 

They noted that milk production was divided into three batches daily: the first batch of 1,300 tonnes went to schools, the second batch of 700 tonnes was sold commercially and the third batch of 1,400 tonnes was processed into powdered milk. 

 

The new criteria, however, is causing problems because it allows anybody to supply for the batch meant for schools, which is resulting in some people who are either not producers or have an insufficient capacity to cover the batch by purchasing from other sources. Hence, this is adversely affecting the 30,000 dairy farmers, who now end up with 110 tonnes of surplus milk daily, which they cannot sell and are forced to dump it. 

 

In a move to protest against this “unprecedented sabotage of dairy farmers’ stability”, the group said it will organise a milk-dumping event to raise awareness of their plight. 

 

The Milk Board, meanwhile, has called for the ministry or authorised agency to review the controversial regulation and consider implementing three criteria:

- Allowing small cooperatives to join the school milk scheme, so pre-existing suppliers providing less than 60,000 bags of milk daily will not need to reduce their capacity; 

 

- Prioritising the use of raw milk produced locally in order to prevent people from bringing substandard milk from elsewhere; 

 

- Helping affected farmers as they do not have access to other markets to sell the excess raw milk. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30369840

 

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something strange about their milk, when its microwaved in coffee it goes off. Must have amazing cows too, increase production by 110 tonnes daily?

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So the 30,000 dairy farmers had no idea this was coming and the new competition they now face might reduce demand for their milk? No plans to reduce production in anticipation of this, but simply continue to (over) produce, and then find they have milk surplus? Great planning. Sheesh!

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13 minutes ago, graemeaylward said:


I would give my eye teeth (if I had any) for some decent strong cheese. Dairy,goat and sheep farmers in other countries produce their own in both large and small scale. The initial outlay is probably not too expensive and a start up contribution from government could lead to rich pickings, for those willing to give it a try!


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Where do you live ?  The producer of strong mature chedders, Leicester etc etc  I know in Thailand will only deliver locally to his location or else you can collect. He will not send.

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49 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

If they reduced the price, people would drink more.

Cottage cheese, easy to make.

Yogurt, also easy to make.

But the yogurt becomes expensive because of all the sugar that goes into it.

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