Tiruchirapalli, Oct 19: The Milk Producers Welfare Associations in Tiruchirapalli, Perambalur, Karur and Pudukkottai districts have appealed to the Tamil Nadu Government to increase the milk procurement price as the cost of the cattle feed had increased manifold.
Talking to newspersons here yesterday, after the meeting of the Association's office bearers in the four districts, its State President K A Sengottuvel said the meeting urged Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to increase the procurement price of cow milk to Rs 16 from Rs 12 per litre and buffalo milk to Rs 22 to Rs 14.
A resolution to this effect was adopted at the meeting.
The meeting expressed concern over the reduced milk production in the state due to shortage of fodder, following the failure of the South-West monsoon.
Mr Sengottuvel said the number of Milk Producers Co-operative Societies had come down to 7,500 from 9,600 in four years and the members of these societies shifted to private dairies due to high procurement price and other concessions offered by them.
Association General Secretary M G Rajendran urged the government to bring in a 'model co-operative Act' to conduct elections to the co-operative societies and regularise the services of the employees.
The meeting also wanted the government to instruct all the Milk Producer's Co-operative Union to disburse the payments to the societies immediately, in view of the festival season.