Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on 16 April virtually launched AP Amul Project in Guntur from the camp office here.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the project was started following the signing of an MoU between Amul and the state government on 21 July. The project is meant to empower women self-help groups by encouraging milk cooperatives in the government sector.

The AP Amul Palavelluva Projet was started on 2 December. Since then milk has been collected in 400 villages in Chittoor, YSR Kadapa, and Prakasam districts. Jagan said the AP Amul Project in Guntur will collect milk from 129 villages in the district and also in174 villages in Chittoor district from Friday.

He said the women in 400 villages are getting Rs. 5-7 more than the existing price per litre and added that milk is being collected in some villages of his own Pulivendula constituency. The Chief Minister said Amul pays more than the existing market price per litre and the profit earned is distributed among the stakeholders every six months, he added.

Jagan said 41,44,000 litres of milk was collected from 10,871 women dairy farmers in 400 villages of Chittoor, Kadapa, and Prakasam districts from 2 December and Rs. 18.46 crore has been paid. He added that Amul has paid Rs. 3.52crore more than the existing price benefiting the women dairy farmers.

To strengthen Amul and benefit women dairy farmers through AP-Amul project, Jagan said 9,899 villages across the state will be brought under the project where bulk milk cooling units (BMCU) and automatic milk collection units (AMCU) will be set up at a cost of Rs. 4,000 crore. He further said that quality animal feed will be supplied to dairy farmers through Rytu Bharosa Kendras in the coming days.

Minister for fisheries and animal husbandry Dr. Seediri Appalaraju, agriculture special chief secretary Poonam Malakondaiah, APDDCF MD A. Babu were present on the occasion.

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