Management of dairy co-operatives -
October 18th, 2010
In Anand Pattern Co-operatives, while the producers themselves determine the policies, the opportunity is provided to the professionals to implement the policies as well as to manage the operations. Even at the village level (primaries), the nine-member management committee determines how best they should function within the prescribed framework, how best its members' interests can be protected and how best the societies can function as viable business units. However, at this stage, the managing committee of nine members does the routine work of management itself. For carrying out day-to-day work, necessary manpower from the same village is trained and deployed. These persons are the employees of the respective village co-operatives; the nine-member committee takes decisions about their continuance of service or dismissal.
At the district union level, the board includes the chairpersons from only the affiliated milk co-operative societies, which are qualified to send their representatives (of the 17 members on the board, 12 are chairpersons of the affiliated primaries). One of them is elected as the chairperson of the board. While this board formulates policies at the district level, the qualified professionals headed by a managing director carry out the day-to-day management.
The primary societies in particular milk shed federate and form a dairy co-operative milk producers union. As more district unions were organized in Gujarat State, it was felt necessary to organize a federal body at the state level. This federal body exists to co-ordinate the overall activities of the district unions, to provide a platform for sharing common benefits, to avoid competition between the district unions and to ensure rigid quality control for the production of top quality milk products.
The state federation provides the direct link between the district milk co-operatives and the National Milk Grid (NMG). The NMG co-ordinates, at the national level, the supply of milk from the surplus-producing areas to the potential urban consumer markets. It helps to moderate the seasonal and regional imbalance between demand and supply of milk.
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