1. Facilitating the formation of Milk Producers Cooperative Societies in villages thereby safeguarding the milk producers from the clutches of middlemen.

2. Ensuring regular payment and remunerative prices to the milk producers based on the quality of milk with respect to fat and solid not fat (SNF) levels.

3. Working towards bringing the un-organized milk producers to the organized system in dairy sector.

4. Ensuring the availability of inputs such as cattle feed, green fodder and providing veterinary health care services to milch animals.

5. Ensuring availability of quality milk and milk products to the consumers at reasonable prices.

6. Striving for uplifting the rural economy in general and women empowerment in particular by way of enhancing their income levels.

1.1. Strategies adopted to achieve the objectives:

The following strategies are undertaken to achieve the objectives of the Dairy Development Department:

1. Facilitating the active performance of the Primary Societies and transforming the defunct societies as functional societies.

2. Developing necessary facilities at primary and union levels for the benefit of milk producers.

3. Imparting skills among the target group.

4. Imparting extension education to the milk producers on milk testing process so as to strengthen the clean milk production at village level.

5. Planning and implementing various schemes of State and Central Government for achieving the best in milk production, processing and marketing.

6. Increasing the handling capacity of district level dairies to meet out the requirements.

7. Establishing new parlours, sales points and developing the retail units.

8. Formation of new milk routes, consumer societies and increasing the sale of milk cards.

1.2. Administrative Structure of the Department:

The head of the department is the Director of Milk Production and Dairy Development (DMPDD). The DMPDD is also functioning as the ex-officio Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (TCMPF) and as the Registrar of all the 3 tier milk co-operatives. The Director is vested with the powers of Registrar in discharging the statutory functions under the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Co-operative Societies Act, 1983 (TNCS Act) and Tamil Nadu Co-operative Societies Rules, 1988 (TNCS Rules). The Deputy Milk Commissioner at Head Office is assisting the Director of Milk Production and Dairy Development both in carrying out the administrative and statutory functions.

There are 29 circle Deputy Registrars (Dairying) functioning in the State who are carrying out the administrative and statutory functions at the district level as per the powers delegated by the TNCS Act, 1983 and TNCS Rules, 1988. The Department has cadre strength of 805 employees including field staff.

1.3. Milk Cooperative Societies

The management of the dairy cooperatives is vested with the Board of Directors, democratically elected from among the members of the society. The elections are conducted according to the provisions of Tamil Nadu Cooperative Societies Act, 1983 and Rules 1988, as and when the 5 year term of Board expires.

As the 5 year term of the existing Board expired during April’2018, election process started in 4 stages to constitute the new Board. The 1st stage of election was completed and new elected Board in 1,663 societies assumed charge on 09.04.2018 and further process was stopped based on court orders and will be completed once the legal issues are resolved.

However, to manage the day to day affairs of the societies especially for making milk cost payment to the milk producers without any difficulty, the departmental officers were authorized to operate the bank accounts of the society jointly with the staff of the society.

Following are the three levels of Milk Producers Cooperative Societies in the State:

a. Milk Producers Society at the village level (MPCS)

b. Milk unions at the district level (DCMPU)

c. Federation at State level (TCMPF / AAVIN)