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PROFILE OF PONLAIT ORGANIZATION
Pon – Pondicherry
Lait - Milk
The Pondicherry Co-operative Milk Producer’s Union had its origin as the Pondicherry co-operative milk supply society during the year 1955. The supply society had 50 individuals’ members on its rolls. The union was the first co-operative society was registered in Pondicherry. It still maintains its prominence amongst the co-operative societies in Pondicherry and it is the Apex co-operative society.
The supply society was unable to extend any good deal of input activities to the producing members to encourage the milk production and was unable to impress upon the consumers also on the quality aspects.
The society thought of instantaneous milk cooler with a capacity of 2500 liters to preserve the surplus milk. The supply society extended cash advance and feed supply on loan basis to members from going into the fold of private milk traders.
The co-operative dairy established through the National Dairy Development Board, was commissioned on 12th April 1971 at a cost of Rs.23 .60 lakhs with financial assistance from the Government of Pondicherry.
Milk supply society had its prime objectives as serve to the urban consumer with good quality milk. Recommendations contained in the master plan for dairy development, the Pondicherry Co-operative Milk Supply Society was converted into the Pondicherry Co-operative Milk Producer’s Union with 46 primary societies affiliated to it and the management of the dairy. The union started /functioning with effect from 01.07.73 and primaries with effect from 1.8.73.
The guidelines of the National Dairy Development Board, the Government of Pondicherry requested the Indian Dairy Co-operation of Finance the dairy development project and implimentation in the Union Territory of Pondicherry under operation flood IInd. October 1979 the National Dairy Development Board prepared a development plans and titles. Indian Dairy Corporation officials visited Pondicherry between 28th and 31st January 1980, appraised the project and implimentation and prepared an outlay of Rs.l02.49 lakhs. Thus Pondicherry brought in the operation flood map by the launching of operation flood IInd in 1982 by the Pondicherry Co-operative Milk Producer's Union.
The milk of the individual producer members was tested for its quality at the village society itself and the payment basis of quality of the milk procured by the producers. The expansion of the dairy plant to 30,000 liters capacity from the original 10,000 liters capacity under operation flood on turnkey basis by the National Dairy Development Board. The extension work was undertaken and completed during 1986.
To provide better nutrition to the cattle population of Pondicherry an urea molasses lick plant of 10mt per day was approved as estimated cost of Rs.26.23 lakhs under operation flood III. The work was taken up in October, 1988 and completed in April, 1990 with revised cost of Rs.18.15 lakhs. It capacity if the dairy plant was expanded to 50,000 liter per day during 1995 - 96 with the support of the National Dairy Development Board.