Indian Dairy Association ( West Zone ) is one of the four zonal branches of the Indian Dairy Association with its area of operation spread over the states of Goa, Diu and Daman, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra of Western India. IDA ( WZ ) with its office in Mumbai has a Gujarat State Chapter located at Anand. The states in West Zone produce more than 21% of India’s annual milk production of 100 million tons and provide livelihood to 14.25 million milk producers who rear 24.64 million milch animals.
The states of West Zone are the Torch Bearers of the Dairy Development in India. The Co-operative movement of milk producers started in Gujarat and Maharshtra and the development of ‘Anand Pattern’ of Milk Co-opeartives paved the way for the world’s largest Dairy Development Program, “Operation Flood”. This unique program launched by the National Dairy Development Board at Anand created "A White Revolution – a milk revolution".
The most popular milk and milk product brands Amul, Gokul, Mahananda, Sugam, Sumul, Sagar, Katraj, S.R.Thorat, Govind, Dynamix, Sneh, Uttam, Vikas, Kanhaiyya, and the dairy equipment manufacturers GEA Process Engineering, GOMA, IDMC, KK Cans, Nichrome and Zeuzer Engineering are some of the institutional members of IDA (West Zone).
The institutional members also include the esteemed organizations, National Dairy Development Board, National Co.op. Milk Federation of India, IRMA, BAIF Development Research Foundation, Gujarat Co.op Milk Marketing Federation, Madhya Pradesh Sahakari Dugdh Mahasangh, Maharashtra Rajya Sahakari Dudh Mahasangh Maryadit and many others.
Objectives of IDA
To provide opportunities for the dissemination and exchange of knowledge and ideas gained from experiments and experience through meetings, conferences, seminars and for collaboration between persons and/or institutions interested in research & planning and those in production, processing and marketing.
To practise and promote a high standard of objectivity, scientific expertise and technical proficiency.
To encourage and promote scientific research and development related to dairying
To promote and participate in every way the rational and economic development of dairy science, industry and farming in the country in association with cooperatives, industry, or any other organisation, national or international, having similar aims and objectives.
To assume any responsibility or functions when asked to do so, on behalf of Government towards the advancement of dairying.
To collaborate with societies, associations, or any other organisation, national or international, having similar aims and to participate in meetings held in India or abroad centered around similar objectives.
To promote standards (qualitatively and otherwise) and to foster the growth of the dairy industry in general and for the purpose engage in consultancy activities, set up laboratories and do such like or other things as are necessary for the purpose.
IDA Zones & State Chapters
The IDA's Head Quarter is in Delhi and the zonal branches are in Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi. It has State Chapters at Anand in Gujarat, Thrissur in Kerala and Jaipur in Rajasthan. The zonal bodies and State Chapters too have committees on the line of CEC and have similar functions. The Zonal Bodies/State Chapters are headed by Chairman to function on the lines of the role of the President vis-à-vis CEC. The Zonal bodies/ State Chapters also conduct conference, seminars and workshops at the Zonal and State levels. They also, from time to time, hold All India Dairy Industry Conferences on behalf of the CEC. According to the constitution, the zonal bodies and the State Chapters are independent resource centres. The difference between the CEC and the zonal bodies/State Chapters are that the CEC functions at the national level whereas the zonal bodies and the State Chapters function at the zonal and state levels, respectively.
Established in 1948, Indian Dairy Association (IDA) is the apex body of the dairy industry in India. The members are from the cooperatives, MNCs, corporate bodies, private institutions, educational institutions, government and public sector units. IDA functions very closely with the dairy producers, professionals & planners, scientists & educationists, institutions and organisations associated with the development of dairying in India.
The IDA since has a history of around six decades now, it has had the privilege of being headed by several Presidents and some of them were of national and international fame. The luminaries like Sardar Datar Singh, Dr. K.C. Sen, Dr. Z.R. Kothawalla, Dr. D.N. Khurody,
Dr. V. Kurien, Dr. P. Bhattacharya were the past presidents of the IDA.
IDA has been providing a common forum to knit the dairy fraternity together and thus, over the years, it has emerged as the reigning czarina of information. The Association is managed by an apex policy making body called the Central Executive Committee (CEC). The CEC is headed by President and supported by two Vice-Presidents and 19 Executive Committee Members.
The ongoing CEC is spearheaded under the dynamic leadership of Dr. N.R. Bhasin, IDA has emerged as a platform for assimilation and dissemination of knowledge, as an important tool for policy making in the dairy sector, in India ! Besides, the IDA, in the recent time, has also succeeded to focus itself at the national and international fora.