Kerala government to oppose Karnataka milk brand Nandini from coming into the state

Kerala has complained to the National Dairy Development Board to resolve the issue, and will take steps after the board consults Nandini.


Published Jun 19, 2023 | 4:50 PM Updated Jun 19, 2023 | 4:52 PM

Kerala govt to oppose Nandini milk

The LDF government in Kerala on Sunday, 18 June, said it was concerned over the entry into the state of milk and milk products of popular Karnataka brand Nandini and asserted that it would strongly oppose the move.

State Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Milk Cooperatives J Chinchurani said Kerala has given a complaint to the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to resolve the issue.

“Any further steps will be taken by us after NDDB holds discussions with Nandini,” the minister told a TV channel.

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‘Expects Nandini to withdraw’

She said the state government expects Nandini to withdraw its decision to sell its milk and milk products in Kerala after the intervention of the Centre in the matter.

The minister said both Nandini, the trade name used by the Karnataka Milk Marketing Federation (KMMF), and Kerala Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation’s (KCMMF) Milma are both government-run organisations, and therefore when going to another state, that state’s permission ought to have been taken.

On the issue of Nandini selling milk at rates much lower, around ₹7 lesser than that of Milma, the minister said it was not possible.

She said that earlier when Kerala had a milk shortage, Nandini milk was sold here with permission of the Karnataka government, and back then its rates were not low.

On being asked about the dairy farmers’ stand on the issue, the minister said many have gotten in touch with the government and said only Milma should operate in Kerala.

Chinchurani also dismissed any possibility of Nandini collecting milk from dairy farmers in Kerala, saying that enough dairy organisations are functioning under the cooperative law in the state, and they all are supplying milk to Milma.

“Moreover, we have been helping the dairy farmers, through subsidies and increasing the price of milk when required, and have many other helpful schemes lined up for them in the future,” she said.

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‘Against the cooperative spirit’

In April last year, KCMMF had termed as “unethical” the tendency of some state milk marketing federations to aggressively enter markets outside their respective states.

It was criticising the KMMF’s move of opening its outlets in parts of Kerala to sell its Nandini brand of milk and other products.

Milma, back then, had said this involved a total breach of cooperative spirit based on which the country’s dairy sector has been organised for the benefit of millions of dairy farmers.

Such practices from any side will jeopardise the spirit of cooperative principles that have been nurtured for a long by mutual consent and goodwill, it had said.

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