Farmers pour milk onto streets protesting ‘low tariff’ on imports

Dairy farmers yesterday threw milk on the street as a mark of protest to the low hike in tariff on imported milk in the proposed budget for the incoming fiscal year.

The import tariff on milk has been raised to 10 percent from 5 percent at present.

The proposed duty increase will not be enough to protect the domestic producers from the competition of imported milk, said a press release of the Bangladesh Dairy Farmers Association (BDFA).

“We demand anti-dumping duty and an increase in the overall import tariff to 50 percent,” said BDFA President Md Imran Hossain at a press conference at the National Press Club.

The association later formed a chain and poured milk on the street.

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