Dairy farmers belonging to Tamil Nadu Milk Producers’ Association and Tamil Nadu Primary Milk Cooperative Workers’ Association, Vellore district, staged a demonstration opposite the Collectorate on Arcot Road here on Wednesday. Their demands, among others, included enhancement in minimum procurement price of milk.

The farmers wanted the minimum procurement price of cow’s milk to be increased from Rs.20 a litre to Rs.25 a litre, and that of buffalo’s milk from Rs.28 a litre to Rs.35 a litre in view of exorbitant increase in the prices of animal feed.

Their other demands included payment of an incentive of Rs. two per litre to milk producers as given in Karnataka and other States, payment of Re.one per litre by Vellore and Tiruvannamalai Districts Milk Producers’ Union (Aavin) to primary milk producers’ cooperative societies towards administrative expenses, uninterrupted supply of quality animal feed, steps on a war-footing to prevent any fresh outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease which has already affected large number of cattle in Vellore district, creation of a separate welfare board for milk producers, payment of solatium of Rs.50,000 from Perarignar Anna Welfare Fund to the family of a milk producer who died a natural death, and hike in the salary of 19,823 employees of 2,931 primary milk cooperative societies.

K. Mohammed Ali, State general secretary, Tamil Nadu Milk Producers’ Association, inaugurated the agitation. K. Balakrishnan, Communist Party of India (Marxist) Central Committee member and State president of Tamil Nadu Farmers Association affiliated to Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU), spoke.

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