NDDB setting up systems to provide real-time info to dairy cooperatives


The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) continues its endeavour to provide real-time information to the dairy cooperatives by setting up info systems at various levels using modern information technology. This was stated by Dilip Rath, the board’s chairman. He added that in line with the Government of India’s Digital India dream, NDDB’s integrated Automatic Milk Collection System (AMCS) software has strengthened cooperative business through digital innovation.

Presently, 48 dairy cooperative societies (DCSs) affiliated to the Bhopal Milk Union are using the AMCS software.

Benefits of software
Rath stated that apart from introducing transparency in operations, the software has improved process efficiency.

It automates the complete milk collection process and enables single-click milk collection operations. The automation avoids manual intervention and integrates with milk testing equipment.

The application equips farmers and other stakeholders with relevant information to enforce accountability at every step.

Farmers get instant SMSs for every transaction ensuring complete transparency and avoiding data manipulations.

Farmers also have access to all past transactions with AMCS android application. The entire DCS level data is also available on milk union portals, enabling better planning and execution controls.

The transparency and efficiency strengthens milk producers’ faith in the system and also reduces transaction cost for the cooperatives.

Core operations
This is a robust, multi-platform, multi-lingual software solution for complete DCS operations integrated at the union/federation/national levels to enable transparency, improve efficiency and key informatics based on Open Source stack.

The software includes application at the DCS level on Windows, Linux and Android platforms, coupled with portal at multiple levels. The system also provides Android applications to farmer for accessing information relevant to them.

AMCS covers the complete operation of DCS (business operations, financial accounting, welfare schemes, share transactions, MCM, audit, etc.) and integrates seamlessly with union systems.

A single application supports multiple languages and all possible deployment scenarios. It supports all available combination of society and member organisation structure available in the country with little changes in the configuration options.

Some of these include one or multiple collection point(s) for both cow and buffalo milk for a single or multiple (group DCS) in a single or multiple premises with or without BMC or tanks.

The software captures complete details of all members, pourers as well as management committee members.

The application allows capturing animal holding of members along with banking, education and family details.

The application also has numerous built-in configurable checks to ensure accuracy and effective control over collection process.

AMCS has option for milk pricing under various pricing mechanisms. The application provides local milk sales on cash or credit basis after integrating dynamic credit checks and dispatch to the dairy.

The application tracks all essential parameters of bulk milk cooling operations and can also be integrated with data logger to update various parameters from monitoring devices.

The applications helps to track diesel consumption as well as monitor complete BMC operations. This application manages complete product (ghee and cattle feed) trading operations at the DCS level for local or central supplies of products along with managing rates, unit conversion, trade and consumer schemes and complete tracking and traceability of entire order to cash cycle.

Current status
• Live portals of Bhopal, Ujjain and Indore Milk Unions
• Live DCSs affiliated to Bhopal Milk Union: 48
• Indore/Ujjain: Training in progress
• Major modules used: Member management, milk procurement, bulk cooler management, centralised rate chart management, milk dispatch, local milk sales, product purchase and sales, inventory management, cash advance, member billing and milk payments and portal dashboard
The Bhopal Milk Union pools about 5,10,000 KGPD milk from 63,649 pourer members affiliated to 2,034 functional DCSs.

The union has 37,947 women members. The Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Dairy Federation’s estimated milk procurement is 13,70,000 KGPD.

The milk price paid to farmers is Rs 33.37 per litre [six per cent fat and nine per cent solid non-fat (SNF)].

Source : fnbn

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