give rise to an additional stream of income. That cooperative model, rooted in solidarity, democracy and the sharing of resources, has served as a powerful vehicle for dairy farmer empowerment for 80 years. land-to-person ratio and fragmented landholding makes it difficult to support large families on crop income Dwivedi R C (1996): Role of co-operative in Rural Economy, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. revenues. India is the world leader in milk production, producing around 156 million MT of milk and growing at a CAGR of 4 per cent. the World Bank, FAO, and World Food Program (WFP) who promoted milk production Then, he takes the milk for you and deposits it with the cooperatives. Co-operative agriculture Primary producers in Australian and around the world have long relied on co-operatives to develop processing, marketing and transport services. The dairy sector today provides 80 million farm households with the triple benefits of nutritive food, supplementary income and productive employment for family labour, mainly for women. 70%, i.e., 732 million of Indian population, thrives in these self-reliant, self-employed, self-diligent, and empowered. Milk is a non-controversial product — just in case of plain milk (unlike other agricultural products). In addition, there will be more economic activity that milk will generate in the region. During winter, we convert excess milk into value-added products which can be used in summer. Microfinance and dairy have helped in easing the gender inequality in the country. of 1%. For delivery through courier (within India): Rs. A majority Livestock plays a vital role in the economy; animal husbandry is the most important economic activity in rural areas. Department, Dairy Development, Milk Marketing. If a crop fails, the dairy sector supports the farmer and the rural economy. There are as many as Dairy products are important for building healthy bones and for maintain-ing a healthy weight. These sectors give farmers cash in hand daily or regularly, while in the case of farming the revenue is irregular. While brands like Nandini and Vijaya is popular in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh respectively, Mother Dairy is popular in New Delhi and Mumbai. These figures are more likely to go up once the backward states in terms of consumption of dairy products and production catch up with the national average. The cold storage facilities in India are still under development at an unorganised level. of agriculture is dependent on monsoon and farmers curse their fate if they do not get a good crop. These unions, in The age of cooperative movement can be traced back to the first and the oldest human society. The primary occupation in the villages is agriculture supplemented with cattle rearing. Arun Raste, Executive director, NDDB: In India, milk production is by mass and not mass production. In Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, we have trained a group of women to understand the feed requirement of the milch animals (with the help of software) in the region. According to FAO Global (To download our E-paper please click here. of Indian society. Dr Kurien made certain that farmers owned it. The role of dairy cooperative services on dairy development is discussed in this paper with the case study of Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta Province. In the case of cooperatives, only 15-20 per cent goes in the supply chain and rest goes back to the primary producer. That means 80 per cent goes back to the rural economy. 2 of 1978, which enhanced the role of the multipurpose village cooperative society Koperasi Unit Desa (KUD), giving members greater participation in rural economic development. Organised cooperatives cover almost 15,000 villages and have almost 6 lakh members. The cow was so important to the ancient people of Central It has provided a year-round source of (FAO) declared India as the world's largest producer of milk. income force farmers to look for subsidiary On the contrary, dairy as Dairy Cooperative Society, Milk Union, Milk Federation : Relations and Functions 2.1. that villagers are the backbone of the Indian economy Dairy foods provide several important nutrients, including protein, B vitamins and vitamin D, and are considered major sources of calcium in the diet. As India is largely a vegetarian country, this country is dependent on milk for its protein requirement (one of the sources of protein). Rearing milch cattle and selling its milk The rainfall has been erratic and the areas are prone to both drought and floods, This is where private entrepreneurs can join in to support the cold storage infrastructure. cooperative dairies working successfully on the Anand model. By evaluating the numbers like volume, the value of production, and also the employment generation by the dairy sector, the government should put it on the priority list. It is at the pilot stage but will be replicated across the country (if successful). Madan Sabnavis: India has more cows and buffaloes, but the question is what do we do when the animals stop giving milk and how we address this issue. It is a real relief to most of the weaker groups The nation's women, besides doing hard household chores, also undertake the taxing job of product to one of the 198 milk producers' cooperative unions. 51, No. In the United States, 2-3 per cent of the population is dependent on agriculture and allied businesses whereas over 50 per cent of India's population is depended on agriculture. The advent of dairying has been a boon for dairy farmers and of particular importance to those segments of the society that have been traditionally weak, the small landholders, landless labourers and women. (Perumal et al., 2007). Meanwhile, dairy and poultry are two sectors that give insurance against any vagaries of agriculture. Revolution, it gradually became a milk surplus country. There should be a way to dispose of the animal as and when required. The Role of Dairy Cooperatives in Women Empowerment, January,