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No milk shortage in TN says govt, as dairy farmers protest for price rise

Their counterparts in Madurai and other parts of the state too brought along their cows and demonstrated similarly on the roads

Tamil Nadu | Tamil Nadu government | milk

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

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As a section of dairy farmers in Erode on Friday emptied containers of on the road in a dramatic gesture commencing agitations for a better procurement price, the government denied that the protests had caused a shortage of anywhere in the State.

The dairy farmers are demanding a raise of Rs 7 per litre of .

Their counterparts in Madurai and other parts of the state too brought along their cows and demonstrated similarly on the roads.

Although the state government has denied that there is a shortage of milk, members of the Milk Producers' Welfare Association (TNMPWA) president V Rajendran said they would gradually withdraw their supplies to press for their demand to the State government. "The association has sought an increase of only Rs 7 per litre from Rs 35 per litre of cow milk and Rs 44 per litre of buffalo milk," he said.

"We had already conveyed this through our memorandum submitted to the government. If it comes into effect, the new prices will touch Rs 42 and Rs 51, respectively," he said, claiming that private firms were procuring milk at Rs 45 to 47 per litre.

Meanwhile, State Dairy Development Minister S M Nasar said the Cooperative Milk Producers' Federation Limited, popularly known as Aavin, continued to receive stock from its member societies.

"There's no shortage of milk or glitch in the supply to consumers anywhere due to the protest," he said. "Milk supply has been regular. Only one union resorted to the strike," the Minister added while speaking to reporters in Tiruvallur.

Though there were about 9,384 milk supplying societies across Tamil Nadu only one of them was protesting, he claimed.

A union that held parleys with the government had sought a hike of Rs 7 per litre of milk and its representatives were assured of appropriate action once the issue was brought to the notice of the Chief Minister, Nasar said.

TNMPWA, which supplies milk to Aavin, however, said it would continue the strike till an agreement was reached with the government.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2023. 17:45 IST