Sitajakhala: An inspiring success story of Assam’s co-operative society
Guwahati: One sleepy cold morning, a group of farmers from Amlighat village at Jagiroad in central Assam’s Morigaon district, decided to form a co-operative society to wipe out middlemen in the milk trade.
The milk producers’ co-operative society, entitled Sitajakhala Dugdha Utpadak Samabai Samiti Ltd, which was started way back in 1958 with just 17 farmers, has now over 1,000 members.
Nandalal, a farmer from Nepal, formed the society in order to bring about a white revolution within Assam.
After 75 years, the milk and other products have been sold in Guwahati and Nagaon, Kamrup and Morigaon, Assam districts.
The society currently has two milk plants and one curd plant. There are also 11 milk collection centers.
Sitajakhala’s total plant capacity was 18000 liters/day, but it now runs at 12000 Literes/day.
The milk is collected from nearly 800 farmers in 110 blocks.
Sitajhakhala collaborates with farmers in order to increase milk production. She facilitates the use of semen from better cow breeds as well as sex-sorted semen, which can be artificially inseminated so that cows only produce female calves.
It also has plans to install silage (green fodder) to help preserve the fodder’s nutritional value throughout the year.