The Co-operative Dairy Movement in India initiated with the establishment of AMUL in 1946.
Following that the co-operative district milk unions in different districts took shape.
During early 70’s, when the co-operative leaders of erstwhile; Panchmahal District, thought to have a district co-operative milk union at district head quarter Godhra, the neighboring districts of Sabarkantha, Kheda & Baroda had already the existence of well established co-op. dairy network.
On proposal of district leaders to have a separate milk co-operative union at Godhra; the initial survey conducted by National Dairy Development Board; Anand revealed no possibilities of establishment of an independent co-operative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd., at Godhra; due to very low productivity of native milch animals and availability of insufficient quantity of surplus milk..But the leaders were determined and committed for their goal to establish a milk union and under the inspiration & guidance from late Shri Maneklal Gandhi, Late Shri Ratilal Trivedi & Late Shri Dahyabhai Naik, in May,1973 The Panchmahal Dist.Co-op. Milk Producers’ Union Ltd., got registered under Gujarat State Co-op. Act. 1962.
Initially, due to lack of milk processing facilities in district, the milk procurement around 7000 kg per day from about 40 village primary dairy co-op. societies was diverted to the neighboring milk unions of Sabarkantha, Kheda & Baroda.
The then Chief Minister of Gujarat Hon’ble late Shri Babubhai Jashbhai Patel laid the foundation stone for the establishing Dairy building at Godhra; in presence of prominent co-operative leaders of the district; including late Shri Maneklal Gandhi; in the year 1977.
The milk chilling plant having capacity to chill 30,000 ltrs of milk per day was established in 1978 with the financial help from Draught Prone Area Project, Panchmahals.
The Gujarat Dairy Development Corporation was asked to manage the affairs of the Milk Union.
The Co-operative leaders; supported by Shri Bhikhabhai Rayajeebhai Patel, Late Shri Tapubhai Parmar and Late Shri Padmashankar Pathak, to persuade the milk producers of various villages for forming the co-operative milk producer societies.
The then Member of Lagislative Assembly from Godhra Shri Shantibhai Patel; and Asst. District Registrar(Co-op.Societies) Panchmahals; Mr S.K. Pandya and Shri Mahendrabhai Upadhyay; the then Executive Officer of District Co-op.
Union contributed a lot to instill the spirit of co-operation in the milk producers which helped them to come together and unite to establish primary milk producer societies in the district.
The Milk Union was set to move ahead and had its first election to elect the board during the same year Late Shri Mangalbhai Haribhai Patel was elected the first Chairman of the milk union.
Mr S.R. Patel of Gujarat Dairy Development Corporation was the first Chief Executive Officer of the organization. At Patelwada; Godhra; a small office building was acquired on rent and from there; the future plans for the development were plotted. At this stage; Mr Bhupendrabhai Parekh, Late Shri Chandubhai Patel,Late Shri Rameshbhai M. Patel and Shri Krishnakant Upadhyay’s contribution is noteworthy. Shri Chaturbhai M. Patel Shri Manubhai C. Patel and their team put untiring efforts to encourage more and more milk producers to join co-operatives. Their contribution in organization and sustaining the milk co-operative societies have been commendable.
Mr. Bhikhabhai Rayjeebhai Patel of Rabod took over as the next Chairman of the organization in 1977. Then; the milk procurement was reached to 21000 kgs per day from 128 Dairy Co-operatives. Till; March,1983; the Gujarat Dairy Development Corporation; managed the activities of the milk union; which handed over the total administration of the organization to the elected body of the Panchmahal Dist. Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd., on 1st April,1983.
During the years 1980-1994; Mr Babubhai Khatubhai Patel; as one of the youngest Chairman of the Co-operative Milk Unions in the country; helped the organization to build an image of an outstanding and fast growing organization.
During this period only in 1982; the organization was brought under NDDB’s ambitious Operation Flood II project. Mr Babubhai Patel helped acquiring 10 acres of land from Govt. of Gujarat to establish a new plant in 1992; the foundation stone of the new plant was laid by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Late Shri Chimanbhai Patel.
The milk processing capacity of the plant was increased from 30,000 to 60,000 kgs per day in 1984; with the facilities of Ghee Packing Unit. In 1985; the milk processing capacity was further expanded to 100000 kgs per day, with commissioning of a powder plant having capacity of 10MT per day.
Under Operation Flood II Programme; the Technical Input activities in form of Animal Health and Animal Breeding were initiated in 1982 under the guidence of milk union officials Dr. H.Y.Kantharia ,Dr.V.R.Jani and Dr. G.S.Reddy of NDDB,Anand.
Various milk production Enhancements Programmes were launched with specific emphesis on extension activities to bring awareness about ideal animal husbandry practices amongst the milk producer members. Mr Ravindra Mathur; during his tenure from 1980 to 1998 as a Chief Executive Officer of the organization; had provided technically competent; successful and encouraging leadership; to the Panchamrut Team. Under his able leadership; the milk union observed three expansions of milk processing capacity at various stages; from 30,000 kgs per day to 200000 kgs per day with the establishment of a chilling Centre at Chopada (Lunawada) in 1994.
With a view to increase the productivity of our milch animals; a Dairy Herd Improvement Programme Actions(DIPA) –Field Progeny Testing Programme- was launched in 1993; in collaboration with Sabar & Baroda Milk Unions under the technical guidance of NDDB ; which has proved very much useful – and a plan for expanding same is being considered.
The concept of Total Quality Management(TQM) was adopted by the Organization in 1996 which brought revolutionary changes in functioning of the organization.
The organization then was accredited as conforming to the ISO 9001:2000 and HACCP International Standards; in the year 2000.
Mr Bhupendrasinh Solanki headed the organization between 1994 to 2009. Organization has registered a considerable growth during his tenure. Dr R.S. Patel; observed the responsibilities of Managing Director of the Organization between 1999 to 2010. The Organization observed lots of technological changes and expansion of the milk processing capacity to 4 lakhs kgs per day; with commissioning of State of art milk drying plant having the drying capacity of 15 MT per day. The Cattle Feed Factory also was established during the year 2002.
The Milk Chilling Units at Limdi and Shivrajpur started functioning during this period only.
Since October 2010 Mr Jethabhai Bharvad (Ahir) and his team acquired the control of the organization.
Shri Jethabhai has been representing Shahera constituency in the state assembly since 1993 and has been very popular as a dynamic leader.Dr.V.R.Jani took over the charge of Managing Director of the organization since June 2010.
Under new leadership, the organization hasbenn progressing ahead to achieve the new landmark ..