Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy started the AP Amul Palavelluva project in the Guntur district on Friday practically from his camp headquarters.
On the occasion, Jagan Mohan Reddy said the project was designed to encourage empowerment of women’s self-help groups by promoting dairy cooperatives in the state sector.
The project was first launched on December 2nd and milk was collected in 400 villages in Chittoor, Kadapa and Prakasam districts.
Milk is now being collected in 129 villages in the Guntur district.
Women in Chittoor, Kadapa and Prakasam districts were able to earn 5 to 7 pounds more per liter than before.
The Chief Minister said that Amul pays compensation prices in the market as it ranks eighth in the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN) ranking.
Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said that so far 41.44,000 liters of milk have been collected from 10,871 female dairy farmers in 400 villages in Chittoor, Kadapa and Prakasam districts. A sum of £ 18.46 crore was paid to them. Amul paid £ 3.52 million more than the existing price, he said.
The Amul project would install bulk milk chillers and automated milk collection systems in 9,899 villages at a cost of £ 4,000.
The Minister for Fisheries and Animal Husbandry S. Appalaraju, the Special Envoy for Agriculture, Poonam Malakondaiah, and MD Babu, the AP Milk Development Cooperative Association, were present.
Interior Minister M. Sucharitha, MLA V. Rajani, the Gujarat RS Sodhi Milk Marketing Cooperative and the Sabarkantha MD BM Patel Cooperative attended a video conference.