Coimbatore: A group of farmers from Tirupur poured milk on the streets in protest against the Aavin management on Thursday.
Six farmers of the Tamil Nadu Vivaisaigal Sangam poured litres of milk in front of an Aavin cooperative office at Veerapandi Pirivu. They were accompanied by 60 farmers.
“Aavin has reduced procurement by 50% and also reduced the payment for each litre claiming that fat content in milk is low. Since fat content is low, instead of paying the fixed Rs 31 per litre, they pay us only Rs 21 to Rs 22 per litre,” said district president Eashwaran. “This reduced payment also has been delayed for all farmers. Those who have one to two cows have outstanding payments of Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 and some farmers are yet to receive more than Rs 60,000,” he said.
While Aavin reportedly claimed low revenues for low procurement and delayed payments, farmers said that the hundreds of Aavin outlets in the district function as tea shops instead of milk outlets.
Another group of farmers petitioned the collector, requesting him to divert the high-tension powerline being laid from Virudhunagar to Coimbatore over agriculture fields. It will affect cultivation and productivity, they said.