Encouraged by higher milk production registered during 2008-09, the Co-operative Milk Producers Society in Manapparai near here has chalked out a special plan to get loans for 100 members for the purchase of milch animals during this current financial year.

The Society has been registering a daily average production of 12,000 litres and the purchase of new milch animals will help step up the production by an additional 5,000 litres a day, taking the tally up to 17,000 litres, said P. Govindasamy, Special Officer of the Society. The loans would be sanctioned under a tie-up system with the society before March next year, he said while speaking on the sidelines of a function held at Manapparai recently, to mark the distribution of prizes to members who registered highest milk production during 2008-09.

R. Muthukrishnan, Deputy Registrar for Diary Development, and R. Chandrasekaran, Deputy General Manager, Tiruchi District Milk Producers’ Union, Aavin, gave away the prizes to the members with record milk production for the year. N. Chinnasamy, A. Pappa and Y. Michael with record production of 46,353 litres; 36,687 litres and 15,037 respectively were honoured with prizes.

Mr. Muthukrishnan said that the Society had netted a profit of Rs.9.56 lakh during 2008-09. It had disbursed Rs.4.70 lakh towards bonus for the members.

Mr. Chandrasekaran said that the Society had a wider network of milk producers. It purchased 48.22 lakh litres of milk for about Rs.6.53 crore and marketed it for Rs.7.17 crore during 2008-09. It had marketed value-added diary products worth Rs.20.78 lakh through its marketing outlet in Manapparai. The Society had deposited Rs. 68.27 lakhs with the Co-operative banks.