Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, urging him to direct Amul, a dairy giant based in Gujarat, to immediately stop milk procurement in Tamil Nadu.
Stalin raised concerns about Amul’s activities in the milk shed area of Tamil Nadu, where they have established chilling centers and a processing plant in Krishnagiri district. Amul also plans to procure milk through Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in several districts of Tamil Nadu.
Stalin argued that this cross-procurement by Amul infringes on the milk shed area of Aavin, the Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers Federation, which has been nurtured as a cooperative over many years. He expressed concerns that Amul’s actions would create unhealthy competition and exacerbate the problems caused by the current milk shortage in the country.
Stalin requested urgent intervention from Amit Shah to direct Amul to stop milk procurement from Aavin’s milk shed area in Tamil Nadu. He explained that Tamil Nadu has a three-tier dairy cooperative system, with Aavin as the apex marketing federation, and emphasized the role of regional cooperatives in supporting milk producers and ensuring affordable prices for consumers.
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