The Vellore Cooperative Milk Producers Union is unlikely to be trifurcated into separate units for the newly formed Ranipet and Tirupattur revenue districts, according to official sources.
Though Vellore union has not received any update from its top brass in Chennai on the trifurcation, milk farmers feel it was only a question of time before it takes place.
With the original Vellore/Tiruvannamalai unions procuring nearly four lakh litres milk daily, bifurcation resulted in most milk societies moving to the Tiruvannamalai union, which now procures three lakh litres.
With Vellore district procuring only slightly more than 1.4 lakh litres milk daily, officials hope that it would manage to retain the top spot even after trifurcation.
When asked about this, Aavin officials in Chennai said, “We are functioning with 17 district milk unions covering the entire State, when there are only 32 revenue districts. But now that the number of revenue districts has gone up to 37, it will be quite some time before the present 25 district milk unions are increased to be on par with the 37 revenue districts as most of the unions are in the red.”
A political source revealed that creation of more unions would assume urgency only when ministers demand individual district unions to place their supporters. Right now those in the new unions were bothered only about their necessities and not very serious about the milk farmers’ interests.