Picklu wrote:We should actually get out of the FTA deal with Indonesia also. Aus and NZ are not that much of a threat due to the transport distance. East Asian countries are much bigger threat.
We need to give them a signal that they can not open their market only 50% and expect a 74% market access from us.
Aus and NZ are both a very serious threat to India.
As island nations, their export/import transportation costs are always factored in and yet they both remain very competitive price wise.
we forget the simple fact that they are globally acknowledged dairy superpowers and their dairy industry runs with super efficiency using extremely advanced dairy processing facilities. They have unfettered access to even the most highly regulated markets because of their acknowledged commitment to the highest standards and their reputation for food safety standards in dairy.
Therefore, facilitating their entry into Indian markets will simply not only decimate our own dairy industry but will also end up seriously endangering the livelihoods of hundreds of crores of farmers who depend on dairy for the daily spending money. The main income of our farmers is seasonal if at all, depending on the rain gods and praying that their heavenly bounty is just right and timely and is neither too little nor too much. Daily sales of milk gives them some much need money in hand.
This is also why there is so much of violence in the north against beef eating, illegal cattle smuggling, and cow theft and this is also why 99.99% of the lynchings take place.
If the farmers cow gets stolen, his family may not have the money to eat the next day. That's how much they depend on the milk sales to get themselves their daily roti.
and all this for what.
just so a couple of lakhs of software and other services guys can get visas to Aus and NZ.
maybe we need to start seeing things with an unjaundiced eye.
BTW, we already produce a lot more milk than we need.
and both Aus and NZ can easily sell their dairy products at prices comfortably below our production costs because both of them are able to leverage their economies of scale and their very high automation factor also gives them that advantage additionally.
Why should we open our market for imports by signing #RCEP, when a @NITIAayog recent report of Feb 2018 has shown that India’s #milk production in 2016-17, at 162.5 million tonnes (mt), exceeded the demand of 147.5 mt, with this gap projected to widen by 2032-33.