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How cooperatives are carving space for dairy farming in India

GREATER NOIDA: "Milk with mines" - is the motto followed by Medha, the milk producers' cooperative that has helped thousands in Jharkhand branch out into jobs beyond mining and traditional farming.

Introduced by the state government in 2014, Medha Cooperative Milk Federation's aim was to scale up dairy business in Jharkhand, the state known for its minerals, and in turn, give its tribal population more employment opportunities.

"We gave the motto 'milk with mines' to strive for coexistence. Mines generate revenue in the state, and nutritional milk supports livelihoods," said Sudhir Kumar Singh, managing director of the cooperative.

Goroti Kugur (58) is among the 40,000 dairy farmers who contribute Rs 1.5 lakh litres of milk daily to the cooperative.

Read the rest at Times of India


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