Bihar State Milk Co-operative Federation

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HeadquartersPatna, Bihar
ProductsMilk and its Products
OwnerGovernment Of Bihar
ParentDepartment of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (Bihar)

The Bihar State Milk Co-operative Federation Ltd is a dairy cooperative, established in 1983, an enterprise of the government of Bihar. It markets its products under the label "Sudha Dairy".


The co-operative was founded by the Government of Bihar in coordinate the work of various local milk unions. The co-operative facilitates the procurement, processing, and marketing of the dairy products produced, provides education to the unions on successful dairy processing, and assists with animal care including artificial insemination, vaccination, and feeding.[1]

Area of operation & products[edit]

There are six district level Milk Producers' Cooperative Unions affiliated to the Milk Federation. These milk unions are covering twenty-six districts and in addition five districts are being covered by the Federation.

Different milk unions, which are organising the DCS network in these districts are as follows:

  • Vaishali Patliputra Milk Union, Patna covering Patna, Vaishali, Nalanda, Saran and Sheikhpura districts.
  • DR Milk Union (DRMU), Barauni covering Begusarai, Khagaria, Lakhisarai and part of Patna Districts.
  • Tirhut Milk Union (TIMUL), Muzaffarpur covering Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, (Motihari)East Champaran, West Champran, Siwan and Gopalganj.
  • Mithila Milk Union, Samastipur covering Samastipur, Darbhanga & Madhubani,Basopatti districts .
  • Shahabad Milk Union, Ara covering Bhojpur, Buxar, Kaimur & Rohtas districts.
  • Vikramshila Milk Union (VIMUL), Bhagulpur: Covering Bhagulpur, munger, Banka and Jamui Districts

The Milk Federation has already taken up organisation of Dairy Co-operative Societies (DCS) in the districts of Gaya, Jehanabad, Arwal and Nawada under Magadh Dairy Project and work has been initiated by Kosi Dairy Project in Saharsa, Supaul and Madhepura, Katihar, Purnia, Araria and Kishanganj districts.

nalanda dairy plant

The districts of East and West Singhbhum, Ranchi, Bokaro and Dhanbad now in Jharkhand are being covered by the dairies directly under the control of Milk Federation for the supply of milk and milk products to the urban consumers in these cities. Procurement of milk has been taken up in Ranchi districts only.[2]

milk federation also have set up a fully automated dairy plant at bihar sharif of nalanda district in 2013 on the name of nalanda dairy at biharsharif.while the product under it is marketed by parrent organisation comfed,patna.this plant is equiped with Gea group powder plant of 30 MTPD capacity,fully automated liquid milk processing unit,tetra pak,elecster oyj,& JBT corporation based UHT processing unit

UHT products and impact[edit]

govt. of bihar has set up a fully automated dairy plant at bihar sharif of nalanda district in has tetra pak & elecster machines which are used for packaging of UHT processed milk,juice & flavoured milk of having long shelf life.this is the first fully automated dairy plant of eastern india. these products are having very good quality & getting high demands from the north eastern states.

tetra pak machine at nalanda dairy

Over the years Sudha has been witnessing growth in this portfolio, with the segment growing fast, long life UHT products for urban populations, like sudha smart (dtm),Sudha healthy(toned milk),sudha shakti(sm), which are packed in Tetra Pak cartons & elecster polyfilms, which undergo UHT treatment to remove all harmful micro-organisms while retaining the nutrition in the milk. sudha sells around 4-5,00,000 litres of UHT milk and other value added products per month and forecasts this demand to continue growing. The UHT products have enabled sudha to position itself as the market leader in packaged milk segment without the need of maintaining cold supply chains.

In popular culture[edit]

The establishment of Sudha was a result of White Revolution.

elecster machine at nalanda dairy


  1. ^ Rao, V.M. (2005). Co-operatives and dairy development : changing destiny of rural women (1st ed.). New Delhi: Mittal Publications. p. 21. ISBN 978-81-8324-002-4.
  2. ^ "Federation home page".

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