Village Dairy Cooperatives
The Gomati Cooperative Milk Producers' Union Ltd. started its village level dairy cooperative extension work in the year 1982 in the operational areas of West Tripura District and a portion of South Tripura District. The Gomati Cooperative Milk Producers' Union Ltd. found a distress sale of milk in the villages and predominance of Gowalas. Milk producers were compelled to sell their produced milk in throughway price to the Gowalas. The Tripura Cooperative Milk Producers' Union Ltd. took a vision to organize the milk producers in cooperative societies for pouring their produced milk for its remunerative price .The Milk Union started its extension and village level organisation work with 12 village dairy cooperatives within the West Tripura District in the year 1982. The number of organised VDC was keeping up and went up to 103 numbers. Out of which 70 societies were functioning during the year 86-87.
But since 1987-88 the declining phase started in both number of societies functional and quantity of milk procurement. The extension activity in villages was re-inforced and more number of societies revitalized in the year 1993-94. But for last few years, the Milk Union is facing a tremendous hardless in term of milk procurement. The Gomati Cooperative Milk Producers' Union Ltd. is now continuously providing the following services to the societies.
Remunerative and timely payment to the milk producers.
Yearly special price incentive on supplied milk.
Supply of balanced cattle feed at supported price.
Balanced calf growth Ration comparatively at a lesser price to producers.
Managerial assistance to societies.
A.I. facilities to producers.
Veterinary medicines, first aid etc.
Technical inputs and extension services.
Fodder seeds, fertilizer etc.
Conduct various training programme for the farmers, society secretaries, executive committee members of the society.
Revolving fund to societies to meet up the immediate expenditure on milk business.
Management grant to societies to protect the interest of the producers.
Organize cattle show and milk yield competition etc.
Farmers induction programme.
Management of Dharmanagar Dairy under Integrated Dairy Development Programme-II
Milk Union is successfully catering the demand of liquid processed milk in the city of Agartala and its suburb, Udaipur, Teliamura and Khowai through a network of whole day milk parlour, retail outlets and a network of 250 authorised retailers. 365 days requirement of milk of the different hospitals, sports schools, army, para-military is also being catered by the efficient management of this Milk Union. By this time near about 4 lakhs consumers have associated with us and consuming processed Gomati milk and milk products.
To upgrade and re-equip the dairy with plant and machineries by augmenting its plant capacity from 15 TLPD to 19 TLPD to meet up the increased market demand inconformity with the population growth at least in next 10 years and product diversification, thus increasing market reach.
Feed Mixing Plant
The 2 MT per hour capacity Feed Mixing Plant was installed by the Animal Resources Development Department sometimes in early eighties. The said plant remained inoperative for a quiet long time and subsequently old plant handed over to the Milk Union on 24.04.1995. After marginal overhauling, the Milk Union started utilizing the plant from 07.06.1995.
Initially the main thrust was given for production of cattle feed for onward distribution to the village dairy cooperative societies. Gaining experience the Milk Union started producing different ranges of animal feed from 1998 onwards.
Since then this Milk Union is very efficiently managing the feed plant and catering the demand of various feed of the Animal Resources Development Department, Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council. Self Help Groups, Fishery Department etc. Milk Union installed a 3 MT per hour capacity Feed Mixing Plant at R.K. Nagar Farm upgrading the existing 2 MT per hour capacity Feed Mixing Plant.