Tamil Nadu Milk Cooperatives

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Tamil Nadu, with a daily milk production of 145.88 lakh litres, is one of the leading states in milk production in India. And the Tamil Nadu milk cooperatives play a major role in the development dairy within the state. The milk cooperatives of Tamil Nadu, with the help from the government and National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), have played substantial roles in taking the state to the current position. Besides, NDDB also undertakes methodical approach and appropriate strategy for the upliftment of Tamil Nadu milk cooperatives.

The dairy development programmes in Tamil Nadu have been implemented through a wide network of co-operatives, which follow the ‘Anand Model’ of the state of Gujarat. The model follows three-tier structure where primary milk producers' co-operative societies remain at the base level. In the district level, there is a union of producers' co-operative societies, whereas, Federation of District Co-operative Milk Producers' Union remain at the top (state) level of the structure.

In Tamil Nadu, Milk Producers' Cooperative Societies function at the village level, where milk producers get enrolled as members. The members get animal health cover for their animals; breed improvement is also carried out. District unions collect the milk produced at the village societies.

List of Tamil Nadu Milk Co-operatives



There are 17 district co-operative milk producer's unions in Tamil Nadu. These milk co-operatives cover 30 districts across the state. There are also 15 diaries with a processing capacity of 19.42 lpd. and 36 chilling centers with chilling capacities of 13.55 lpd.

Co-operative Location Soc Mems Avg Milk Proc
Annai Sadya Tiruchirapalli Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Ltd Tiruchirapalli 399 121,749 109,000 lpd.
Coimbatore Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Limited Coimbatore 573 93,798 131,285 lpd.
Dharmapuri Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Limited Krishnagiri 643 156,230 80,616 lpd.
Dindigul Anna Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Ltd Dindigul 287 100,023 50,000 lpd.
Kamarajar Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Ltd Virudhunagar      
Kanyakumari Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Ltd Nagercoil      
Madras Chingleput Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Ltd Chennai      
Madurai Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Ltd Madurai 615 158,808 76,755 lpd.
Nilgiris Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Ltd Udhagamandalam (Ooty) 122 36,170 30,000 lpd.
North Arcot Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Limited Vellore 1,088 302,834 303,000 lpd.
Periyar Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Limited Erode 640 158,189 119,991 lpd.
Pudukkottai Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Ltd Pudukkottai     5,800 lpd.
Ramanathapuram and Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Ltd Karaikudi 310 58,665 18,000 lpd.
Salem Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Ltd Salem 1,016 324,617 285,000 lpd.
South Arcot Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Limited Villupuram 470 160,000 120,000 lpd.
Thanjavur Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Ltd Thanjavur 151 73,000 20,000 lpd.
Tirunelveli Dist Coop Milk Producers' Union Ltd Tirunelveli      


Functions of Milk Producers Unions

The milk producers unions have the following functionalities:

  • Establishing chilling centers.
  • Finding new milk routes for collecting milk produced by the members.
  • Collecting milk from societies and then processing and packing those in modern dairy plants.
  • Determining the procurement and selling price of milk.
  • Increasing the liquid milk sales by undertaking innovative promotional activities.
  • Supplying inputs to the members.
  • Providing veterinary health services and emergency services to the members' cattle.
  • Providing Artificial Insemination services to the members' cattle.
  • Supplying quality milk to Chennai Metro.


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Last Updated on 6th July 2011