Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bihar for ban on export of casein, milk powder

Patna, Jan 23 (PTI) Bihar government today asked the Centre to immediately ban the export of casein and milk powder, besides effecting an increase in their export duties as pre-emptive measures to prevent milk scarcity in the country.

Although the availability of milk was adequate and there was no threat of an immediate price hike, the Centre should be proactive in discouraging the export of casein and the raw material for cattle feed to cool down prices of milk and milk products, Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi, who heads a cabinet sub-committee in Bihar to keep a watch on escalating prices of essential commodities, told PTI today.

The export of the casein and milk powder should be banned with immediate effect, he said.

"Their export duty should also be raised to discourage large-scale export as a pre-emptive measure to prevent scarcity of milk in the country, he said.