As many as 6,000 new milk co-operative societies would be formed in the State in a bid to bring milk producers outside the co-operative ambit into the fold, Minister for Dairy Development V. Moorthy said here on Wednesday.

Inaugurating an orientation programme and releasing a handbook for veterinarians, non-government organisations (NGOs) and district co-ordinators, he said this project would be taken up under the Strengthening Grassroot Milk Structure Scheme which is implemented in 60 taluks in 12 districts where milk yield is low and more than 50 per cent of the revenue villages do not feel the impact of the dairy co-operatives. According to an official release, this scheme will be implemented by NGOs, district co-ordinators and social workers.

Health cover

Apart from improving milk production to the desired level, the animals would get health cover under this.

The Minister said Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was aiming for a Second White Revolution. Those present at the function include Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Department, and M.R. Mohan, Commissioner for Milk Production and Dairy Development and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation.