The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday announced its decision to increase the price of Aavin milk by Rs 6 per litre. The new rate will come into effect from Monday.
A press release from the Secretariat stated that the decision was taken to meet the long pending demand of livestock farmers. “Considering the demand from farmers, the State has effected the increase in procurement price of cow milk by Rs 4 per litre and Rs 6 per litre for buffalo’s milk,” the statement said.
The farmers supplying cow milk to co operative milk societies will now get Rs 32 per litre and in case of buffalo milk, the procurement price will now be revised to Rs 41 from Rs 35, the statement said.
“The move will help 4.60 lakh milk producers in the State and the move happened to support farmers and boost rural economy that sustains on milk production,” Dairy Development Minister Rajenthra Bhalaji told reporters when asked about the increase in milk price.
According to TN dairy development sources, the blue colour sachet (toned milk) which is now Rs 37 will cost Rs 43 per litre from Monday. The full cream with high fat selling at Rs 44 will cost Rs 51 per litre. However, the detailed price list on other products are likely to be released by Sunday, sources said. The price of Aavin milk is likely to have a cascading effect on dairy products ghee, butter, curd and sweets, sources added.
At present the cost of milk sold by private dairy units is 10 to 15 percent higher than the price of Aavin variants.
Meanwhile, AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran condemned the steep rise in milk price. In a tweet on Saturday he demanded immediate roll back of Aavin milk price and advised cost effective regulation for milk co operatives societies to control the input costs for milk.