The main activities are to educate the farmers providing inputs and technical advice for producing good quality milk and cultivate scientific management practices to reduce the cost of production and increase the profit, organisation and registration of dairy co-operative societies, supervision, inspection, election, arbitration etc related to dairy co-operative societies, Implementing plan schemes related to Dairy sector, ensuring the quality of milk and milk products, enhancing production and consumption of milk products and overall development of agriculture sector.
With Dairy department's intervention milk production in Kerala increased from 1.85 LMT in 1962 to 26 LMT in 2009.The per capita availability was increased from 30 gms in 1962 to 213 gms. Milk was surplus in Kerala during the 1998-1999 years and milk is the only food item of which 70% of the total requirement is produced in the state itself.
To sustain the growth rate in milk production to bridge the demand-supply gap and attain the annual milk production
target of 35 Lakh Metric Tonnes by 2012
To promote quality forage production for economic milk production.
To bring 3 Lakh more farmer members under the dairy co-operative sector.
To develop and propagate cost-effective strategies for sustainable dairy farming.
To strengthen the dairy extension network in the state thereby propagating the growing importance of milk production
for food security.
To achieve sustained growth in the availability of quality milk and milk products for the burgeoning population of Kerala.
To increase the per capita consumption of milk by popularizing milk and milk products.