HETAUDA, Aug 18: Cooperative organizations in Makawanpur district have done dairy transaction of Rs 796.3 million in Fiscal Year 2016/17.
A total of 33 milk cold storage firms operated by Makawanpur District Milk Production Cooperatives Union (MDMPAU) and other cooperatives associated with the union had succeeded in raising their business volume in the last fiscal year.
Of the total traded volume, village farmers have earned Rs 373.9 million by selling 742.9 liters of milk in the urban areas.
The milk cooperative spent Rs 5.3 million in management and transportation, saving Rs 2 million from the annual trade, said Kumar Mani Dahal, manager of the union.
The union has been selling milk in to dairy farms, local consumers, and the markets of Kathmandu and Pokhara.
According to the Narayan Prashad Devkota, central president of the Nepal Milk Production Cooperative Union, around 400,000 families in 64 districts of the country are involved in dairy farming. "Milk cooperatives have 15 percent contribution in the total milk market of Nepal," he said.
He claimed that there is a big potential for dairy business in Nepal, stating that the annual consumption per person in the country is only 71 liters, against the standard requirement of 91 liters.
Though milk production has increased in the rural areas, it has been decreasing in the urban parts of the nation.