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Amul infringing on Aavin; TN seeks Centre’s intervention on procurement controversy

After the current controversy between Amul and Nandini over milk in Karnataka, it’s now between Amul and Aavin in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday sought Dwelling Minister Amit Shah’s pressing intervention to direct Amul to desist from milk procurement from Aavin’s milk shed space instantly.

In a letter, Stalin delivered to Shah’s consideration the problems arising from milk procurement by the Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union (AMUL) in Tamil Nadu. Until now, AMUL was simply promoting their merchandise by way of their shops within the State.

In Tamil Nadu, like in different States, a three-tier dairy cooperative system has been functioning since 1981, benefitting the agricultural milk producers and customers. Aavin is our apex cooperative advertising and marketing federation.

Underneath the ambit of the Aavin co-operative, 9,673 Milk Producers Co-operative Societies are procuring 35 lakh litres of milk per day about 4.5 lakh members. Underneath this present association, the milk producers are assured of remunerative and uniform costs all year long by the cooperative societies. To extend and maintain milk manufacturing within the State, Aavin supplies producers with cattle feed, fodder, mineral combination, animal well being care and breeding companies. As well as, it ensures the provision of high quality milk and milk merchandise to customers on the lowest costs, thereby enhancing the agricultural producers livelihood and assembly the customers dietary necessities.

“Just lately, it has come to our discover that the Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union (Amul), has utilised their multi-state cooperative license, to put in chilling centres and a processing plant in Krishnagiri District and has deliberate to obtain milk by way of FPOs and SHGs in and round Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Vellore, Ranipet, Tirupathur, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts in our State,” Stalin stated.

It has been a norm in India to let cooperatives thrive with out infringing on one another’s milk-shed space. Such cross-procurement goes towards the spirit of ‘Operation White Flood’ and can exacerbate shopper issues given the prevailing milk scarcity state of affairs within the nation. This act of AMUL infringes on Aavin’s milk shed space, which has been nurtured in true cooperative spirit over many years.

This transfer by AMUL will create unhealthy competitors between cooperatives procuring and advertising and marketing milk and milk merchandise. Regional cooperatives have been the bedrock of dairy growth within the states. They’re higher positioned to have interaction and nurture producers and cushion customers from arbitrary value hikes, Stalin stated.

“I request your pressing intervention to direct Amul to desist from milk procurement from the milk shed space of Aavin in Tamil Nadu with instant impact,” Stalin urged Shah.

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