Mumbai, July 19: Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna (SSS) on Thursday called off the protest demanding price hike for milk farmers in Maharashtra after the state government announced Rs 25 per litre as the minimum rate of milk for dairy farmers, news agency ANI reported. Also Read - Lockdown in Maharashtra Soon? Read Ajit Pawar's Warning as State Logs Highest Single-day COVID Count

Earlier in the day, the state government announced Rs 25 per litre as the minimum rate of milk for dairy farmers, following state-wide protests over the demand. The decision, however, will be implemented from Saturday, July 21. Also Read - After UP Govt Announces Statewide Lockdown On Sunday, Mother Dairy Issues Statement On Supply of Milk

The farmers began their protest on Monday demanding a better price and a Rs 5/litre subsidy. The farmers also poured milk on the roads as a sign of protest. Meanwhile, in Nagpur, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that there will be 20% subsidy on milk and milk products. There will also be a 40% duty on imported milk. Milk would also be included in mid-day meals, said the Minister while briefing the press on Thursday. Also Read - Mumbai's Haffkine Institute Gets Centre's Nod to Produce Covaxin; CM Thackeray Thanks PM Modi

Even as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured the agitating farmers that his government was open to talks, workers of SSS had spilled milk on the roads of Jalna as a mark of protest. On the meeting in Nagpur, SSS leader R Shetti had said, “Onus of Nagpur incident falls on state government and police.”

On Tuesday, Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal and Union Minister for Transport Nitin Gadkari announced that the Government would give 10 per cent incentives to the exporters of milk products.