Tamil Nadu

Milk producers peeved by non-procurement

Private milk producers stage a protest in front of the Cooperative Milk Producers’ Society by pouring milk on the road in Sholinghur.— Photo: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT  

Private milk producers in and around Sholinghur staged a protest against the refusal of the Sholinghur Cooperative Milk Producers’ Society to accept the milk brought by them by pouring it out on the road in front of the society office in Sholinghur on Sunday morning.

They were protesting against the refusal of the society to procure the milk produced by them.

While the society accepted about 8000 litres of milk supplied by the members at 6.30 a.m., it refused to accept the 2000 litres brought to the society by private producers on the grounds that the society cannot accept milk from non-members.

Novel agitation

Therefore, the private producers resorted to an agitation by pouring the milk on the road in front of the office.

The Sholinghur society, with about 4,600 members, supplied 15,000 litres of milk to the society daily.

Asked about the agitation, N. Aruljothi Arasan, General Manager of the Vellore and Tiruvannamalai Districts’ Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union (Vellore Aavin) told The Hindu that following the stoppage or reduction of procurement of milk by private dairies in Andhra Pradesh from private producers in Vellore district, the latter were trying to sell the milk to the societies.

Since the Vellore Aavin dairy has the capacity to handle only 3.35 lakh litres of milk daily, the Union has asked the societies to accept milk only from those milk producers who registered themselves before November 1, 2014 when the government effected a hike in the procurement price.

“The Sholinghur society continues to procure milk from the members as per this directive, and 14,500 litres of milk were received from the society on Sunday”, he said.

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