Representatives of the organization said the proposal to lower import duty on powdered milk would deal a severe blow to local dairy farmers
Chittagong Dairy Farm Association (CDFA) urged the government to increase import duty on powdered milk in order to safeguard local dairy farmers.
The association formed a human chain at the Chittagong Press Club premises on Monday to stress on the importance of its request.
The budget for fiscal year 2018-19 proposed to lower import duty on powdered milk to 10% from 25%.
The leaders of the association – Yar Mohammad, Raquibur Rahman, Jane Alam, Nayeem Uddin, Md Hanif, Arefin Dobhash, and Absar Chowdhury – were part of the human chain program along with others.
Speakers at the program said that the proposal to lower import duty on powdered milk would deal a severe blow to local dairy farmers, and livestock and animal husbandry industries.
Moreover, a low import duty will also pave the way for the import of substandard powdered milk, which would pose a threat to public health.
The price of cattle fodder, electricity, transport cost, workers’ salaries have risen, but the price of milk has not increased in the last five years. The price of milk will decrease further, and local dairy farmers will be forced to close their businesses if import duty on powdered milk is lowered, the speakers said.