Milk Producers Union has been procuring 40,000 litres of milk every day
Thanjavur District Cooperative Milk Producers Union (Aavin) here is all set to make more profit than what it was making thanks to the increase in milk prices. "Already we are making a profit of Rs.3 lakh per month. It may go up now," official sources told The Hindu here on Monday.
The union has been procuring 40,000 litres of milk every day. It has plans to increase the procurement to 50,000 litres. Of the 40,000 litres of milk, 20,000 litres is sent to the Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Federation in Chennai while the remaining 20,000 litres are sold in Thanjavur area.
The price of milk per litre for cardholders is Rs.30. Previously it was Rs.22 per litre. With the Rs.8 hike, Thanjavur union will rake in Rs.1,60,000 additionally, for the 20,000 litres it sells. But the procurement price has also gone up from Rs.18 to Rs.20. Additionally the union has to pay Rs.80,000 for procuring 40,000 litres of milk per day. With respect to milk sold to non-cardholders the price is fixed at Rs.31 per litre.
Does the price hike made consumers to quit on Aavin? "No" say the officials as the private companies have also hiked the milk price and the price is Rs.32 per litre . "We are making all efforts to reach the target of 50,000 litres per day," officials said.
Under the Chief Minister's free milch cattle distribution scheme, 50 cows have been distributed at Seeralur village in Thiruvaiyaru taluk. "We get 140 litres of milk from here per day" officials said. Another 50 milch cattle have been distributed in Thuraiyur village in Thiruvaiyaru taluk. From here 160 litres of milk is procured.
The union has a pasteurisation plant in Thanjavur and seven bulk milk coolers at various places in the service area comprising Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Nagapattinam districts.
There are 216 milk cooperative societies in the service area of three districts out of which 147 are supplying milk to the union. The union has received Rs.8.6 crore for modernisation under Intensive Dairy Development Programme. The union procures milk with 4.3 per cent fat content and 8.2 per cent non-fat solids. This is the standardised milk.