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It has been proposed to market 10.4 LLPD of milk in Chennai metropolitan area

It has also been planned to form 150 milk producers' cooperative societies

CHENNAI: It has been planned to achieve 28 lakh litres per day (LLPD) milk production for the current year, Dairy Development Minister U. Mathivanan told the Assembly on Wednesday.

Replying to a debate on demands for grants to the Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Department, Mr. Mathivanan said it was proposed to market 10.4 LLPD of milk in Chennai metropolitan area and 10 LLPD through district unions. [There are 17 district co-operative milk producers' unions].

[On Tuesday, the Minister, initiating the debate, stated that on October 4 last year, the highest milk production of 28.5 LLPD was achieved through the cooperative sector.]

Mr. Mathivanan said it was proposed to form 150 milk producers' cooperative societies and revive 100 societies. During 2009-2010, 206 societies were registered, including 66 exclusively managed by women. Besides, 226 dormant societies had been revived. Seven thousand one hundred and sixty three societies out of 8,246 societies were running in profit as per the tentative financial statement.

When V. Senthil Balaji (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) wanted to know whether the government would increase the procurement price, the Minister replied that it was during the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government that the price was hiked thrice. Moreover, the last hike was effected only in September last. The government would hold discussions with milk producers' associations at the appropriate time and consider their demand.

Responding to the demand raised by G.K. Mani (Pattali Makkal Katchi) on enhancing pension to ‘Aavin' (Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers' Federation) employees, the Minister said there were difficulties in providing pension to the ‘Aavin' staff on a par with that of the Electricity Board and transport corporations' employees. An allocation of Rs. 300 crore would be required.

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