The Tamil Nadu Milk Producers Association has proposed to go on strike from Monday demanding hike in procurement price for milk provided by the cooperative societies in the State.
According to the Society president S.A. Senkottuvelu, the government has not increased the procurement price despite their demand to raise it.
Increase in fodder price
Since in the last five years the price of fodder for cattle has gone up by nearly five times and there was not much respite from the government, some members of the societies had started to sell milk to private companies in Vellore and Andhra Pradesh for a higher sum.
“As a result, cooperatives were able to supply only 17 lakh litres of milk this year to Aavin as against 21 lakh litres last year,” he told The Hindu on Sunday.
The cooperative societies' members were upset that the government had not conducted elections and nor had it regularised the employment of those who had served the societies for over 30 years.
Supply to be maintained
However, according to Aavin sources, supply will be maintained. About 10.5 lakh litres of milk is supplied to the city every day.
Of this seven lakh litres is supplied to cardholders and the rest is supplied to institutions and retail outlets. The sources said only parts of Salem and Erode districts will be affected by the strike, a spokesperson of Aavin said.
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