Dairy Cooperatives and SHGs in Dairy Sector
Over the years MCM has demonstrated with mobilization of milk producer groups, supervision and capacity building for quality milk production, promotion of women’s participation and ownership in milk procurement and selling, provision of infrastructure support for chilling and market linkage, women are able to supplement their family income and have become empowered. MCM’s initiative of involving women in selling of milk and receiving the sale proceeds themselves started 15 years back in rural areas of Raisen district. The success of the programme has led to its replication in Betul and Chhatarpur district of MP. MCM’s efforts of popularizing dairy as successful and sustainable livelihood activity for rural women in widely recognized. Many SHG members under Tejaswini programme in Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh and Panna districts have also opted for dairying as a livelihood activity.
The dairy initiative of MCM is at present operational in (i) Badi block in Raisen with milk chilling and collection centre at Bareli, (ii) Shahpur and Ghodadongri block of Betul district with milk chilling and collection centre at Bhoura in Shahpur block and (iii) Bijawar, Ishanagar, Nowgaon and Rajnagar development blocks of Chhatarpur district with milk chilling and collection centre at Bagouta, Chhatarpur.
36 women dairy cooperatives with 1410 members were linked to Bareli chilling centre, they supplied 6.55 lakh litres milk and received more than Rs.1.72 crore as its payment. The SHG women producers in Betul linked to Bhoura centre supplied 1.23 lakh litres of milk and received Rs.30.00 lakh as its price. In Chhatarpur, milk supplied through producers was 7.01 lakh litres and they received Rs.1.65 crore. A new chilling centre at Deori was started during this year from December 2013. Fifteen (15) women dairy cooperatives with 375 members were linked to the dairy and they supplied 55 thousand litres of milk and received Rs.17.00 lakh as payment. Thus during the year 2013-14 at the four centres 15.34 lakh litres of milk was procured and producers received price of Rs.3.84 crore.