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No plan to increase milk price right now, says Minister

VILLUPURAM: Villupuram Aavin (Tamil Nadu Milk Producers’ Cooperative Union) has augmented its procurement from the region from 1.64 lakh litres a day to 1.68 lakh litres a day, Minister for Dairy Development U. Mathivanan told reporters.

The Villupuram union had a total membership of 1,11,985, of whom 73,634 were women. As many as 1,231 Adi Dravidars had also enrolled themselves as members, Mr. Mathivanan said.

The union was supplying 32,818 litres of milk a day for local consumption and sending the remaining to Chennai. The metropolis was getting a daily supply of 10,50,000 litres, Mr. Mathivanan said.

On whether any increase in the price of milk was contemplated, Mr. Mathivanan said that there was no such proposal right now.

Bonus

The government had announced a bonus of 20 per cent to the union employees this year. Last year, a bonus of Rs. 6,000 was given and this year it had been increased to Rs. 8,400. By the way of bonus, the government had disbursed a total of Rs 17.10 lakh to the employees, Mr. Mathivanan said.

There were a total number of 80 chilling units across the State with the capacity ranging from 2,000 litres to 10,000 litres. The unions at Salem, Namakkal and Erode happened to supply the bulk of the products.

Mr. Mathivanan said that of the 17 unions in Tamil Nadu, about six were running profitably and Villupuram union was one among them. In the tsunami affected areas, the farmers were encouraged to form 300 milk producers’ societies to supplement their income.

Milk products such as ghee and ‘kova’ were having a steady market, he said.

The government was supplying cattle feed at lesser price than what was obtained in the market. Milk suppliers were given payment within 15 days.

Mr. Mathivanan inaugurated two quality control laboratories set up on the premises of the Villupuram Aavin.

The Minister, accompanied by MLA S. Pushparaj and Aavin officials, inspected the plant.

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