"Impact of Dairy Cooperative societies on Production, Consumption and Marketed Surplus of Milk: A Case Study in Barpeta District of Assam, India"

Authors

Shraddhanjali Bhattacharjee, Gauhati University, Guwahati – 781014, Assam, India.

Dr. Dharmendra Nath (Principal), S.B. Deorah College, Guwahati – 781007, Assam, India.

Abstract

The study has analyzed the impact of dairy cooperatives on production, consumption and marketed surplus of milk. The study has been conducted in Barpeta district of Assam by collecting data from 150 member and 150 non-member milk producing households which are stratified into small (3 Milch SAU), medium (3.1 to 6 Milch SAU) and large (6.1 and above MIlch SAU) herd size categories. All the economic parameters have been found to be more in case of dairy cooperative members than non-members. The impact of dairy cooperatives has also been found significant, indicating higher production, consumption and marketed surplus of milk for member compared to non-member group. The study has concluded that dairy cooperatives are associated with creating opportunities for attaining higher level of market integration having implications for significant improvement in production, consumption and marketing of milk of the dairy farmers.