The Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation, popularly called as Aavin, will introduce 225 ml milk packets priced at ₹10 each, Dairy Development Minister K.T.Rajenthra Bhalaji told the State Assembly on Tuesday.
Announcing this after the demands for the department, he said that an ice cream plant would be set up at Salem at a cost of ₹10 crore that can produce 6,000 litres a day. Among the infrastructure projects proposed are a ₹10 crore cattlefeed plant at Virudhunagar that can produce 50 tonnes a day, a mineral mixture plant at a cost of ₹50 lakh at Dharmapuri and another skimmed milk powder production line at the Tiruvannamalai plant at a cost of ₹5.5 crore.
The milk dairy at Sholinganallur will get new packing machines, effluent treatment plant and cold storage room at a cost of ₹6.76 crore, the Ambattur dairy will get ₹3.16-crore worth cleaning equipment, compressors, milk processors and the Madhavaram dairy will get equipment at a cost of ₹2.10 crore, the Minister announced.
Standardised milk with 4.5 % fat and 8.5 % solids non-fat will be sold in the 225 ml packs. “This would be useful for bachelors and small families,” explained an official. In Chennai, initially 30,000 packets would be sold.
Aavin currently procures just over 30 lakh litres of milk a day, of which 12.10 lakh litres are being sold in Chennai and 10 lakh litres in the other districts. “We are converting around 8 lakh litres of milk into butter and milk powder. We want to reduce this,” the official added.
Mr. Rajenthra Bhalaji also announced that around 5,400 retired employees of Aavin would each be supplied half a litre of milk daily free of cost. “This is a long-pending demand of employees. They would also be provided medical insurance coverage on the lines of current employees,” he explained.