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Aavin unit bags award

Staff Reporter

For ‘best food processing industry in dairy activities’

— File Photo

Efforts pay off: At the dairy of Madurai District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union.

MADURAI: The Aavin unit here has bagged a Central Government award for its performance in the dairy sector.

It has won the ‘best food processing industry in dairy activities’ award given by National Productivity Council, according to the unit’s General Manager (in-charge), K. Thangarajan.

An autonomous national organisation, the council was established in 1958 by the Centre for providing training, consultancy and undertaking research in the area of productivity.

The 41-year-old unit, known as Madurai District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union, is one among 17 in the State, and comes under Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation. The union covers Madurai and Theni districts.

Union Minister of State for Food Processing, Subodh Kant Sahai, would present the award to Mr. Thangarajan in New Delhi on March 19. The General Manager (in-charge) would be accompanied by the unit’s senior officials.

The Marketing Manager, S. Karthikeyan, said, “The criteria for the award include the recipient’s contribution to nation’s economy and its growth.”

One among four

This unit was among four mega dairies started nation-wide in 1967 with UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) assistance.

The other dairies are located at Bangalore, Kolkata and New Delhi.

The Madurai unit was the sole one to retain its original structure as the other three had pulled down older structures, Dr. Karthikeyan added.

“Our present procurement level is 2.04 lakh litres of milk a day and sales stands at an average of 1.85 lakh litres a day,” he said.

In a statement, Collector S.S. Jawahar lauded the union for bagging the award and said that the credit for it should go to all workers.

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