Tata Power-supported Maval Dairy, an all-women dairy enterprise, has started the production of milk from its main plant located in Maharashtra's Pune district and it expects to reach the full capacity of 10,000 litres per day in next 4-6 months.
Maval Dairy Farmer Services Producer Company Ltd, which has over 1,200 women farmers as its members, currently produces 6750 litres milk per day. The dairy supplies milk under the brand name of 'Creyo' in nearby areas Lonavla & Pune and by next year, the dairy also plans to tap the Mumbai market.
To meet the requirement and run the plant at its full capacity, the dairy has added 15 new villages to the project, over and above the 26 villages that it already caters too. Maval Dairy will also work on its plan to diversify the product base such as high-quality dairy products including paneer, cream and buttermilk.
The Dairy, formally inaugurated this week by Tata Power CEO & MD Mr. Praveer Sinha, also plans to use the digital platform to serve the tech-savvy customers.
Established in 2015 with just 334 members, the project was brought to life through extensive collaboration between the local community and Tata Power, India's largest integrated power company. An in-depth study on the feasibility of developing the dairy project resulted in the establishment of the Maval Dairy Farmer Services Producer Company Ltd. that aims to empower women, economically and socially.
Currently, the plant procures around 6,750 litres per day of milk from the various villages associated with the project. Progressively, it is also working towards enhancing milk collection and adding new members to the dairy by conducting surveys in surrounding areas and identifying the requirements of people in Maval.
Over the last four years, the local community that covers 3,000 farmer households has also integrated other support services like mini dairy farms, veterinary services, training for managing dairy farms and product marketing.