All-women dairy co-op opens in Maharashtra

THE FIRST all-women dairy co-op has been opened in Maharashtra, backed by Tata Power.

Maval Dairy Farmer Services Producer Company will sell products - including milk, paneer, cream and buttermilk - under the brand name Creyo in Mumbai and Pune, and customers with a 60km area can also order products through a mobile app.

The cooperative has 1,200 women farmer members, providing 6,000 litres of milk a day to 15 collection centres which cover 26 villages. It is hoped that production will be expanded to 50,000 litres a day, with a wide range of products on offer.

Work to set up the co-op began several years ago when Tata officials met with women farmers to discuss ways to help them organise. In partnership with management consultants ALC India - which works to improve livelihoods in economically marginalised communities - potential members were given training in clean milk production, animal management, governance, soft skills and enterprise building, as well as financial support.