Members of the Tamil Nadu Milk Producers Association petitioned the Trichy district collector demanding hike in procurement price on a par with the increase in milk price. They also demanded to streamline the anomalies involved in the recent hike in milk price in the state.
In a memorandum addressed to chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, milk producers from Manapparai area stated that based on long-pending demand, the state government recently increased the Aavin milk price. However, milk producers are given only Rs 2 per liter, Stating that this is unfair, they said that during late chief minister’s J Jayalalithaa term, Rs 5 was announced as price hike per litre and a similar amount was given to the producers as well. Seeking enhancement in the subsidy amount from Rs 1.50 per litre to Rs 5, they said their counterparts in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are getting Rs 5 as subsidy per litre. The milk producers’ also said the government took various steps to provide straw, grass and fodder free of cost during drought and the same should continue as input costs to rear cows and buffalos are skyrocketing.
The government should collect the entire chaff realized from government rice mills and disburse them to the producers with subsidy, so that they can manage the fodder cost.