INDIA/USA: Indian dairy farmers express anger with US Farm Bill
Dairy farmers in India have criticised the recently passed US Farm Bill 2002, saying it will further deflate international dairy prices while upping subsidies and protection for farmers in advanced countries who are inefficient and operate at too high a cost. India is not the only country to have expressed disapproval of the Bill, which provides for continuation of the existing Milk Price Support Programme. Under this scheme, the USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation is committed to buy unlimited quantities of butter, cheese and non-fat dry milk (i.e. skimmed milk powder) from dairy plants that prices that enable them to pay a minimum support price for the milk supplied by farmers.
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