The Dudhsagar dairy cooperative in Gujarat
Mehta, Dhawal, Pancholi, Jatin and Shukla, Paurav (2002) The Dudhsagar dairy cooperative in Gujarat In: Brandt, Dietrich, ed. Enterprises and Cooperation Networks for Regional Development. India Research Press, New Delhi, India, pp. 172-189.
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Of all types of village Cooperatives, the movement of Cooperatives in the Dairy sector in Gujarat, is considered to be the most successful in serving its members as well as society at large. This movement is called the Anand Pattern of Dairy Co-operatives. In this report, the Dushsagar dairy is described. The Dushsagar dairy is in the Northern region of Gujarat in the district of Mehsana. This dairy comprises 1,092 village societies with chilling units, and with approximately 400,000 members. This Dudhsagar dairy is producing more milk and milk based products than the large Cooperaive AMUL. An attempt has been made here to study some peculiarities of the Dudhsagar dairy business and how it has become successful. The main objective of the study was to understand the importance of the main support functions within the dairy cooperative, and especially the veterinary services function at the Dudhsagar dairy. The focus of our attempt was to understand the evolution of these veterinary services, how the services are contributing to the performance of the dairy, and to suggest actions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the overall supply chain system of the Dudhsagar dairy.
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