- The enormous urban market stimulus has led to sustained production
increases, raising per capita availability of milk to nearly 200 grams per day.
- The dependence on commercial imports of milk solids are done away with.
- Modernization and expansion of the dairy industry and its infrastructure,
activating a milk grid.
- Marketing expanded to supply hygienic and fair priced milk to some 300
million consumers in 550 cities and towns.
- Ninety lakh small producers in 74,000 villages are earning jointly an
incremental income of Rs 2500 crores from milk.
- A nationwide network of multi-tier producers' cooperatives, democratic in
structure and professionally managed, has come into existence. Millions of small producers
participate in an economic enterprise and improve the quality of their life and environs.
- Dairy equipment manufacture has expanded to meet most of the industry's
Imagine every morning and evening, some 9 million farmers carrying
potfuls of milk to their cooperatives, milk that will travel from remote villages to towns
and cities throughout India. Today, these farmers own some of the largest and most
successful businesses in India. Their infrastructure has returned a greater share of the
consumers' rupee to the farmer. It has built markets, supplied inputs, created value-added
processing and products. All this has happened because farmers' productive capacity has
been linked with professional management in cooperatives.
Fruits and Vegetables
The fruit and Vegetable Project of the NDDB has
become operational in Delhi from January 1988 to provide a direct link between fruit and
vegetables growers and consumers. The project is designed to handle 1,20,000 MT of
fruit and vegetables annual in the center of Delhi. Already more
than 200 retail shops have been set up, each shop has a capacity to sell upto 1,600
kg of fruit and vegetables daily and other cooperative products like butter, oil, cheese,
The Sabarmati Salt Farmers' Society set up by the
NDDB in 1987 aims at ensuring a better price for salt producers and reducing the
dependence on the traders. It has also acted as a catalyst in initiating a few
developmental programs like medical and health care, education, etc. to improve the
quality of life of the salt producers who are a very exploited group.
In addition, in August 1986, NDDB initiated a pilot project on Tree
Growers' Cooperatives. This is aimed at evolving rural peoples'
institutions that could meet the requirement of fuelwood and fodder needs through tree and
grass growing on common and degraded wastelands as well as marginally productive
||There are now Technology
Missions for dairy development and for vegetable oil and oilseeds development. The
Board is now forging closer links with the institutional infrastructure under state and
central governments for better farmers' participation and production enhancement under
The NDDB itself has
undergone a structural change in 1988. The board, registered as a society, and the Indian
Dairy Corporation, a company formed and registered under the Companies Act 1956, were
merged by an Act of Parliament, the NDDB Act 1987. The resulting corporate body bears the
old name: National Dairy Development Board. The act has declared the Board to be an
institution of national importance.
It is a highly experienced organization. A well-known,
growth-and-challenge-oriented, multi-sectoral and multi-locational institution involved in
planning, implementing and financing farmer-owned and farmer-managed agro-business
enterprises mainly in the cooperative sector.
In sum, NDDB is a unique example of organizational
development, human resource and cooperative development in India.