About Rs.5 crore was distributed to more than 48,000 farmers attached to the Tiruchi District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union as incentive for their supply during 2010-11. Of them, 21,843 farmers belonging to Tiruchi district have received an incentive of about Rs.1.7 crore.
According to an official press release, 701 milk producers’ cooperative societies are functioning under the district union which has jurisdiction over Tiruchi, Karur, Perambalur, and Ariyalur district. About 3.25 lakh litres of milk is procured from these societies every day.
Of that, 1.14 lakh litres of milk is sold in Tiruchi, Perambalur and Karur towns. Tiruchi district alone has 12 chilling centres and one more chilling centre with a capacity of 5,000 litres is planned at Eragudi in Thuraiyur taluk. These 701 societies have a membership of about 50,000 and they have about 73,000 cows and about 7,500 buffaloes.
In order to provide healthcare for these animals, 15 mobile dispensaries have been set up. On an average 15 veterinary doctors treat more than 8,000 animals per month. Besides, 235 artificial insemination centres are functioning under the union and about 10,000 artificial inseminations are carried out every month.
In order to identify stud bulls, a genetic experiment scheme is being implemented through 20 societies.