He pointed that Aavin is the chief milk production company in the state of Tamil Nadu and if Amul starts production and selling of milk and milk products there, it will lead to unnecessary rivalry.
Shah who also holds Cooperation portfolio has been asked to rein in Amul to desist harvesting milk from the Tamil Nadu state-backed milk producing union's milk sheds here in Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Vellore, Ranipet, Tirupathur, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts.
CM Stalin said, “It has come to our notice that the Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union (Amul), has utilised their multi-state cooperative licence to install chilling centres and a processing plant in the Krishnagiri district and has planned to procure milk through Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) and Self Help Groups in and around Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Vellore, Ranipet, Tirupathur, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts in our state.”
The milk war in Karnataka had started with a tweet from dairy giant Amul stating that Gujarat-based Amul will start online deliveries in Bengaluru. The announcement did not go down well with those associated with the state's own formidable dairy brand, Nandini. They also see it as an attempt to trample upon KMF, amid a narrative around its merger with Amul.
The controversy also apparently stemmed from a statement by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Mandya on the coming together of two milk cooperatives. But the BJP had cleared the air on it, stating that the statement did not mean a merger of the two cooperatives.
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