Amul to strengthen milk cooperatives, empower women
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has stated that the AP-Amul project was brought to strengthen the dairy cooperatives by providing better remunerative price to the dairy farmers and empowering women while TDP had destroyed cooperatives to promote private dairies.
Concluding the short discussion on dairy Industry in the state and partnership with Amul, the Chief Minister said that Amul is the largest cooperative movement, which is being run by farmers alone and doesn’t have any statutory body as owner. All the profits of the firm will be shared back to the farmers, besides paying the highest remunerative price in the market.
The Chief Minister clearly explained how the dairy cooperatives were destroyed during TDP term, just to safeguard the interests of Heritage.
Chandrababu Naidu intentionally brought Andhra Pradesh Mutually Aided Cooperative Societies Act (APMACS) and illegally converted six district milk unions into APMACS and of late district unions Visakha, Guntur, Prakasam were turned as private companies. In addition to these, to safeguard Heritage dairy, Chandrababu Naidu used his office to shutdown Chittoor Dairy in 2003.
The Chief Minister said that the share price of Heritage peaks when TDP is in power and falls whenever they are in opposition. Flouting norms as Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu made an MoU between Heritage, a private dairy and Bank of Baroda, which is a public sector bank, to provide loans to dairy farmers. With such measures, the dairy sector in the State was totally exploited during the TDP ruling leaving no hope for cooperatives, shutting down the Bulk Milk Chilling Units and limiting the milk procurement to only 800 villages across the State.
In order to change these circumstances and create a competitive market by strengthening cooperatives, the State signed MoU with Amul on July 21 which pays more than the existing price per litre and the profit earned would be distributed among the farmers. Amul is not just the largest dairy in the country but also stands eighth in the International market. Through this project, over 27 lakh women from rural areas will be benefitted, besides supplying quality milk and milk products to the customers.