TINSUKIA, Feb 12 � It was in the year 2008 when 40 youths of Dirak Kakopathar area of Tinsukia district conceived the idea of starting a cowherd for milk production, after noticing its demand all around the district. They started a dairy farm with just two cows and formed a cooperative society in the name and style of �Kopahtoli Mayamora Dairy Cooperative Society� with individual contribution of only Rs 1000 on a plot of land measuring 14 bighas situated at Dirak-Kopahtoli under Kakopathar Development Block.
After the registration of the Society, they began to seek financial assistance from the government as well as banks. In the mean time, the District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department came forward to their help. With continuous efforts the Society received acknowledgement from the Assam Live-stock and Poultry Development Corporation (ALPDCO) which approved their scheme of Rs 1 crore and sanctioned 30 per cent subsidy on the total scheme amount under the Chief Minister�s Employment Generation Mission (EGM). Subsequently, the State Bank of India, Tinsukia, also sanctioned 60 per cent with the contribution of the members totalling 10 per cent of the total estimate. The entrepreneurs were also provided with necessary training group-wise at various places of the State and outside.
Till date, the Society has received Rs 23 lakh from the ALPDCO and Rs 23 lakh from SBI. It has since procured 70 cross-breed cows and have been selling about 250 to 300 litres of milk everyday at the rate of Rs 31 per litre. The Society has also been growing green oats grass as fodder for the cows using 10 bighas of the allotted land.
In the mean time, the number of members of the Society has increased to 70 from 40 and nearly 70 more persons have applied for its membership.
The total amount of the scheme has also been increased to about Rs 2 crore, with the aim to produce 3000 litres per day using a mechanized method. A Bulk Milk Cooler (BMC) is also reaching the farm shortly for storing the milk in the period between milking and marketing.
A few days back, the State AH & Veterinary Minister Khorsing Engti, along with ALPDCO chairman Apurba Pator and Sadiya MLA Bolin Chetia visited the farm and interacted with the entrepreneurs. They assured the entrepreneurs of possible assistances. The team was accompanied by higher officers of the veterinary and dairy department of the State government and ALPDCO.
What had begun on a small scale has grown into a thriving unit with a promise to grow even bigger.