National Dairy Development Board

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National Dairy Development Board
Institution of National Importance
Industry Dairy
Founded 1965
Headquarters Anand, [ndia
Key people
Interim Chairman, Dilip Rath (Aug 2016- )
Chairman, Nanda Kumar (2014-Aug 16)
Chairman Dr. Amtrita Patel (1998-2014)
Founder Chairman Dr. Verghese Kurien (1965-1998)

The National Dairy Development Board is an institution of national importance set up by an Act of Parliament of India. The main office is in Anand, Gujarat with regional offices throughout the country. NDDB's subsidiaries include IDMC Limited-Anand, Mother Dairy, Delhi, NDDB Dairy Services, Delhi and Indian Immunologicals Ltd, Hyderabad.

Nanda Kumar of the IAS, was the last chairman, who resigned after two years into his tenure. His predecessors were non-bureaucrat chairmen for decades. Search is on for a new chairman.


It was founded by Dr. Verghese Kurien. The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) was created in 1965, fulfilling the desire of the then prime minister of India — the late Lal Bahadur Shastri to extend the success of the Kaira Cooperative Milk Producers' Union (Amul) to other parts of India.

That success combined the wisdom and energy of farmers with professional management to successfully capture liquid milk and milk product markets while supporting farmer investment with inputs and services. The major success of this mission was achieved through the World Bank financed Operation Flood, which lasted for 26 years (1970 to 1996) and was responsible for making India the world's largest producer of milk. This operation was started with the objective of increasing milk production, augmenting farmer income and providing fair prices for consumers.

NDDB has now integrated 1,17,575 dairy co-operatives in what it calls the Anand Pattern, linking the village society to the state federations in a three-tier structure.

NDDB launched its Perspective Plan 2010 with four thrust areas: Quality Assurance, Productivity Enhancement, Institution Building and National Information Network.

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