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Crackdown on milk syndicates

Dhubri, July 15: The Dhubri district administration is planning to increase milk production by providing incentives to milkmen, curb the sale of adulterated milk and crack down on syndicates.

The district administration convened a meeting today, chaired by additional deputy commissioner Mohen Saikia.

Saikia told The Telegraph that a team was formed to provide incentives to dairy farmers. “We are concerned over the sale of adulterated milk and the surfacing of syndicates, that are depriving the people of good quality milk. We are contemplating action soon,” Saikia added.

Milkmen in the district sell huge quantities of adulterated milk prepared with low quality whiteners, a source said.

The sale of adulterated milk has grown over the years in the absence of checking and monitoring of quality of milk by health officials.

Sources in the milk trade said the growing demand for milk and dairy products has led to widespread adulteration by milkmen and vendors.

Joygopal Dey, a businessman of Dhubri town, said the milkmen of sar (sandbar) areas buy 1kg of whiteners at Rs 310 and produce 18-20 litres milk, which is sold at Rs 40 per litre. “Milk produced using different brands of whiteners, including whiteners manufactured in Bangladesh, is sold in huge quantities in the district. Hoteliers and sweet manufacturers mostly purchase this kind of milk,” Dey added.

Sources said the milkmen also use a colour called basanti. The milk syndicate in the district controls the price of milk. “The syndicate engages brokers and local milk sellers to pick up milk required for their hotels and sells the rest in the market,” the source said.

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