Thursday, April 26, 2012

Don't mess with India's dairy farmers

Dairy farmers from across northern India protested in New Delhi yesterday against unfair pricing & profiteering by private dairy companies. The companies--who procure raw milk from farmers, process, package, & deliver it to vendors--are now attempting to reduce prices paid to farmers without also reducing consumer prices. This shakedown is a bonanza for the companies but economically devastating to the dairy farmers. Farmers assembled outside the parliament in New Delhi to demand redress from the central government who they say has turned a deaf ear to the profiteering. They are also protesting the government’s deployment of riot cops against the protest by attempting to prevent farmers from attending the rally & the arrest of 6,000 protestors. Here the protestors douse their leaders with milk & we don’t second-guess their judgement but hope they saved some buckets for the politicians & cops. (Photo by Manish Swarup/AP)

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