17 April, 2018
A women-run dairy cooperative society in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district is developing thereby bringing profit out of the venture. The micro-dairy in Dhapda village of Mandal block, started in 2014, milks nearly 2 to 2.5 lakh litres per month from 1500 litres milk collected from nearly 200 households on a daily basis.
Dhapda is a remote village and the efforts of the society are appreciable. People from other villages also supply milk to the society. In short span of time, the society had earned good profit.
After gaining success in dairy, the society has now entered into the market of spices. The Dhapda Masala Udhyog Samiti was set-up in 2016, which earns Rs 30,000 to Rs 35,000 monthly for the society. Women are paid Rs. 20 per hour for grinding spices manually. They sell turmeric, chilly and coriander powder in the Bhilwara and also in the local market.
Hemlata Rawat, 45, is the force behind the milk revolution in the district. She started with one cow and later motivated other women of the village after which a dairy cooperative society with 11 women members was set up. In 2012, Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) had developed pasture land development committee in a neighboring village. They organised a visit to Bhilwara dairy, which inspired Rawat to do something in the field.
Recognizing the efforts of the Dhapda Dugdh Utpadak Sahkari Samiti, Bhilwara district started procuring the milk and also set up bulk coolers in Dhapda village for the preservation of milk.