Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed the district cooperative dairies to procure surplus cow milk from Andhra Pradesh Dairy Development Cooperative Federation (APDDCF), to help the dairy farmers in the state. After supplying 20,000 litres of cow milk to Anganwadi centres across the state every day, nearly 1.13 lakh litres of milk is remaining surplus with the federation.
Pointing out the same during a meeting with the chairmen and managing directors of district cooperative dairies here on Tuesday night, the chief minister asked the Krishna, Visakha, Prakasam and Guntur Sangam dairies to procure the surplus cow milk as much as possible.
“There is a misconception among people that cow milk will increase body heat and is not good. Preference for buffalo milk by people in Krishna, Guntur, and Godavari districts is a reason for lesser sales of cow milk. With surplus production in Rayalaseema districts, it became inevitable for the state government to intervene and ensure the welfare of farmers," he explained.
Naidu asked the Krishna District Milk Cooperative Federation to procure 50,000 litres of cow milk, Prakasam District Federation to get 15,000 litres, Sangam Dairy in Guntur and Visakha Dairy in Visakhapatnam to procure 10,000 litres each from the APDDCF.
When APDDCF managing director Murali expressed willingness to provide an additional 20,000 litre of cow milk to Anganwadi centres, the CM said that only the best quality milk should be supplied and low quality will not be procured. He also asked the APDDCF to help the dairy farmers' cooperative societies in marketing and other aspects.
When asked to intervene in getting Rs 25 crore dues from the Telangana government, Naidu said that he will have the Chief Secretary discuss the issue with his Telangana counterpart. Agriculture minister P Pulla Rao and health minister Kamineni Srinivas were present.