Impact and Determinants of Membership in Dairy Cooperative Society: The Case of Smallholder Dairy Farmers in Barpeta District of Assam

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  • Shraddhanjali Bhattacharjee Gauhati University


Dairy cooperative membership, impact, determinants, logit model, Barpeta, Assam


Dairy cooperatives are associated with creating opportunities for attaining higher level of market integration having implications for significant improvement in income of the dairy farmers. Based on cross-sectional data of 300 farmers (150 members and 150 non-members of dairy cooperatives) the present study examines the impact of cooperative membership on dairy income, per capita milk consumption and employment potential. Given the positive impact of DCS membership from the analysis of multivariate regression the study further looks for factors that determine the decision to become membership of DCS. The analysis of the determinants based on logistic regression shows that milch animal holding, credit accessibility, availability of other services from DCS have positive relation with the membership decision, while dairy farming experience, distance to the cooperative collection centre and price of milk are negatively and significantly associated with cooperative membership. The study suggests that facilitating access to credit through dairy cooperatives to meet the financial viability, offering services to dairy farmers like fodder seed, subsidized concentrate feed, veterinary services, and establishment of more collection centre and improving market infrastructure can be instrumental in stimulating farmers’ membership decision to join cooperatives. The study concludes that cooperatives can be efficient in fostering wellbeing of the farmers with relatively higher income, employment and nutritional status.


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Shraddhanjali Bhattacharjee, Gauhati University

Department of Economics


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Bhattacharjee, S. (2023). Impact and Determinants of Membership in Dairy Cooperative Society: The Case of Smallholder Dairy Farmers in Barpeta District of Assam. Indian Journal of Dairy Science, 76(2). Retrieved from