In keeping with the ideology of placing the instruments of progress in the hands of the farmers themselves, an orientation programme was started way back in 1984 and the training needs were met from a rented building at Edappally in Ernakulam District. During the initial period NDDB came forward to help us in providing financial assistance as grant for meeting the training center expenses. Under North Kerala Dairy Project - Phase I, Swiss Development Co-operation provided Rs. 29 lakhs as grant for establishment of a full-fledged training center with hostel facility in the land adjacent to Trichur Dairy. Accordingly the training center was established and started functioning from the new premises from 2.1.1992 onwards and it provides training courses for Presidents, Secretaries, Milk Testers, Milk Collectors of Anand Patern Co-operative Societies and Milma staff.
The Federation had established the Milma Training centre to cater to the training needs of various functionaries of Primary APCOS. Various training programmes are offered to equip the hands of the farmers themselves with the basic essentials of the fundamentals of cooperatives. The Training Centre conducts courses on a “no profit – no loss” basis with the support of the Regional Unions.
Milma Training Centre conducted various Training Programmes – both in-house and off campus – for all the different functionaries of Primary APCOS aiming at improving the quality of performance of the human resources available at the societies, which in turn improved their total functional effectiveness and efficiency. The training programmes conducted are APCOS President/ Secretary basic training, milk collectors/testers training, dairy animal management training, Management Committee orientation training programme etc. The training programme contents are identified based on the roles of each category through a guided need assessment discussion at the beginning of each training programme. The training module includes ‘On the Job’ training and study tours. The system of non-formal and continuous evaluation is also continuing. Post evaluation training has been done mostly by visiting societies during off-campus training programmes.