Before the formation of the Union, the dairy business in the State of Sikkim was looked after by Department of Animal Husbandry. Sikkim Livestock Development Corporation was formed in 1977 to look after this business.
Later in order to organise this dairy business on the pattern of AMUL, a team from National Dairy Development Board was deputed to organise milk collection centres and establish modern dairy in the state.
45 milk collection centres was registered by the department of Co-operation and Sikkim Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Limited came into operation on 1st July 1980, and took over the business from Sikkim Livestock Development Corporation Limited.
Jorethang Dairy Plant commissioned.
Gangtok Dairy Plant commissioned on 2nd October 1982.
Pasteurised milk marketing in poly-pouches.
Milk Chilling Plant of 4000 ltr capacity commissioned at Gyalshing.
Integrated Dairy Development Project started in three districts – East, South & West.
Indo-Swiss Project, Sikkim (ISPS) initiated to study the functioning of Sikkim Milk Union. Mathew Report prepared under this project for revitalisation of the dairy business.
Effluent Treatment Plants installed in dairy plants at Gangtok and Jorethang. A Director of Sikkim Milk Union became one of the Board of Directors of National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India.
Asian Productivity Organisation(APO), Japan started Sikkim Milk Union to be developed into a Demonstration Company with the National Productivity Council(NPC), New Delhi as the Principal Implementing Agency.
New products launched - Ice-cream
Sikkim Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Limited became an ISO 22000 : 2005 Certified Organisation.
National Programme for Dairy Development started.