INTRODUCTION

1. The Department of Dairy Development in Tamil Nadu was set up in the year 1958. The Tamil Nadu Dairy Development Corporation Limited was formed in July 1972 to manage the activities such as milk procurement, processing and marketing of the milk and milk products.

2. Based on the “ANAND” pattern developed by Dr.Kurien, Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers Federation (TCMPF) was formed in February 1981 as an apex body of three tier cooperatives set up in Tamil Nadu and the District level milk producers unions were formed in the year 1982.

3. The foundation of The Milk Cooperative Movement lies in the conviction that our country’s socio – economic development is intertwined with the development of rural India.

4. Tamil Nadu ranks among the top ten States with a daily milk production of 201 lakh litres per day (LLPD) and fourth among the State Cooperatives with a daily average procurement of 29.46 LLPD in 2017-18.

5. The per capita availability of milk in Tamil Nadu has increased from 169 gm/day in 1993-94 to 268 gm/day in 2017-2018. This is due to increase in population, the rise in per capita income, changing life style, food habits, and export opportunities which have contributed to the rise in the demand for milk and milk products.

6. To achieve the benefits of the “Second White Revolution”, in Tamil Nadu, TCMPF has taken various measures such as payment of attractive procurement price to milk producers, huge investment in dairy infrastructure at all levels starting from Primary Dairy Co-operative Societies, to State level Federation.