Regional Directorate, Thiruvananthapuram

Name of Regional Directorate: Thiruvananthapuram
Jurisdiction: Kerala & Lakshadweep
Complete Address of Regional Directorate: House No: GV-2 & T.C. No.- 11/808, Nalanda Junction, Nanthencode, Kowdiyar P.O., Thiruvananthapuram-695003
Name of Regional Director: Shri. K N Sreedharan
Contact details of Regional Directorate: Ph: 0471-2318497, Fax: 0471-2311673,
E-mail id:

Route map of directorate: Corporation


Cooperatives in Kerala:

S.No. Type of Cooperatives Working Defunct Under Liquidation Total
1 Apex / State Level Cooperatives 17 0 0 17
2 Federal / Regional 5 1 0 6
3 Primary Agri Dev Banks 1 0 0 1
4 Primary Agri Dev Banks 75 0 4 79
5 Primary Agri Credit Societies (Service Coop: Banks) 1542 34 30 1606
6 Farmers Service Coops Societies 37 0 0 37
7 Rural Coop Bank/ Societies 149 8 2 159
8 Agri Improvement CS 311 24 0 335
9 Joint Farming Coop Societies 29 29 18 76
10 Urban Coop: Banks 163 3 3 169
11 Employees Credit Coop: Society 924 153 43 1196
12 Primary Housing Coop: Societies (credit) 219 85 22 398
13 Consumer Cooperatives 3863 655 120 4638
14 Marketing & Processing 240 319 63 622
15 Women Cooperative Society 931 255 15 1201
16 SC Cooperative Societies 370 306 51 727
17 ST Cooperatives 51 41 5 97
18 Labour Contract Cooperatives 333 330 41 704
19 Transport Cooperatives 46 73 24 143
20 Hospital Cooperatives 104 71 27 202
21 Educational Cooperatives 86 46 4 136
22 Other Type of Cooperatives(under RCS) 2486 784 150 3420
23 Coir Cooperatives 665 118 219 1002
24 Handloom / Textile Cooperatives 458 0 16 474
25 Dairy Cooperatives 3330 317   3647
26 Industrial Cooperatives 2330     2330
27 Fisheries Cooperatives 838     838
  Total 19675 3652 856 24183

Implementation of NCDC Programmes:

Financial support by NCDC:

Up to 31.03.2021, NCDC has provided total disbursement of Rs.8604.95 crore benefitting various cooperative projects/units as follows:

S.No. Scheme/Activity Cumulative Disbursements as on
31.03.2021 (Rs. in crore)
1 Marketing & Inputs 166.799
2 ICDP in selected States 246.432
3 Sugar Factories, by-product etc. 1.56
4 Ginning & Pressing and Spinning 225.047
5 Other Processing 145.929
6 Storage 34.12
7 Consumer Cooperatives 133.022
8 Weaker Section Cooperatives 673.844
9 Industrial & Service Cooperatives 6791.69
10 Assistance for Computerization 9.738
11 Prom. & Development Role including CSR 26.36
12 Debt Swapping 150.139
13 Yuva Sahakar 0.267
  Total 8604.95

Achievements during last 5 years (Up to 31.03.2021):

Year Assistance Disbursements
(Rs. in crore)
Number Amount
2016-17 45 603.74 462.79
2017-18 54 1526.89 928.94
2018-19 20 367.54 273.62
2019-20 27 450.73 363.89
2020-21 11 206.454 303.54

Highlights of the programmes assisted and other relevant achievements/ issues during last 5 years (2014-15 to 2020-21):

  • During the last 6 years, NCDC sanctioned 4 Integrated Fisheries Development Project with a total outlay of Rs.145.16 crore. Two projects have been completed and two project is in advance stage of implementation.
  • During 2017-18, NCDC has sanctioned Rs 200 crore for integrated coir development project for comprehensive revamping of coir sector, which support coconut farmers and coir workers. Predominantly, a traditional cottage industry, coir sector in Kerala plays a crucial role in the social, cultural and economic development of the State. Project covers a value chain of the coir activities covering four key segments; i.e. (i) Coir fibre; (ii) Coir yarn; (iii) Coir products; and (iv)other Coir by-products. As on 31.3.2019, around 100 units have been set up.
  • Sanctioned two new ICDPs in the Districts of Palakkad and Thrissur at a total block cost of Rs 141.95 crore.
  • During the last 7 years, NCDC has provided short term Working Capital assistance to the tune of Rs.3547.00 crore, under its Direct Funding scheme.
  • Sanctioned Rs 92.33 crore for 7 Hospital projects.
  • Taken up 2 tourism projects with a total financial commitment of Rs 6.52 crore.
  • Two Education Cooperatives have become beneficiaries of NCDC scheme, as Rs 12.54 crore was sanctioned.
  • 3 labour cooperatives have received Rs.100.72 crore under NCDC scheme. Sanctioned Rs 45 crore for Stone Crushing Unit being established by Uralungal Labour CCS.
  • NCDC has sanctioned Rs 8.92 cr for three agro processing units (one rice mill and 2 coconut oil units) during the last 5 years. Implementation of these units are in progress.
  • 58 Primary Credit Cooperatives have been sanctioned financial assistance of Rs.34.235 crore for construction of modern banking and office infrastructures.
  • Sanctioned financial assistance of Rs.69.15 crore for 148 projects by primary level cooperatives which includes PACS, consumer societies, farmers service cooperatives, marketing societies in the form of margin money and modern banking and office infrastructures.

New Initiatives in the Region during Year F.Y. 2020-21:

  • Yuva Sahakar–Sanctioned financial assistance of Rs.54.85 Lakh for creation of infrastructures towards modern manufacturing unit of virgin coconut oil and other related activities to a women cooperative in Thiruvananthapuram District.
  • Nurturing of primary cooperative societies under Sahakar-22 – In order to nurture primary level societies under Sahakar-22, the officials of Regional Directorate visited primary level societies in Kerala and Lakshadweep.
Financial Year No. of societies visited
2019-20 400
2020-21 385
  • Encouraging societies to take up diversified activities in service sector like, healthcare, hospitality, education etc.
  • MOU between NCDC and Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Kochi on 22nd February, 2021:
    MD, NCDC and Chairman, MPEDA signed the MOU for collaboration in the field of fisheries for upliftment of fisherfolks.

  • MOU between NCDC and UT of Lakshadweep on 24th February, 2021: MoU between UT of Lakshadweep and NCDC was signed for collaboration in fisheries sector on 24th February, 2021

Initiatives for development of Aspirational Districts (identified by NITI Aayog) through Cooperatives:

  • Since Wayanad is the aspirational district selected in Kerala by NITI AYOG, NCDC is giving much focus to the district for promoting cooperative ventures. NCDC had earlier given financial support to cooperatives in the district under the Integrated Cooperative Development Project (ICDP) investing around Rs.3.10 crore under Phase-1 of ICDP (during Feb1988 to March 1996) and Rs 9.93 crore under phase-2 (during Jan 2009 to March 2013). Under ICDP, almost all primary cooperatives have created their basic infrastructure, which gave them very good face-lift.
  • Societies have been encouraged to go in for diversification in healthcare, hospitality and other service oriented activities. Accordingly, NCDC sanctioned Rs 6.24 crore for setting up a resort complex by one society viz. Wayanad District Government Contractors Co-operative Society Ltd.
  • Sanctioned financial assistance of Rs.90.00 lakh to a women cooperative for construction of a Tourist Guest House in Wayanad District.

Development Opportunities in the State through Cooperatives:

  • Creation of modern infrastructure facilities to Primary coops.
  • Working Capital loan to Credit Cooperatives
  • Strengthening hospital cooperatives with modern healthcare infrastructures
  • Promoting cooperatives to take up projects in hospitality sector, which has good scope in Kerala.
  • Primary processing centres for agro-produce.
  • Formation and promotion of FPOs under Formation and Promotion of 10,000 Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs).
No. of Trainings conducted Date of Training No. of Participants
Women Total
3 04 to 05 February,2021 48 127
18 to 19 February, 2021
8th to 9th March, 2021

Success Stories:

  • Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society
    ULCCS was formed in 1925 by the eminent social reformer Sri Guru Vagbhatananda in a remote hamlet called Uralungal near Vatakara in Kozhikode District of Kerala, as a novel mass movement against the anarchies of the caste system prevalent in those days. Today it is the biggest ‘Labour Contract Society’ in the country, is democratically managed and has 1825 workers as members and provides employment to around 6000 in the rural areas.
    Considering the meritorious service performance of the Society, the Government of Kerala appointed ULCCS as an Accredited Agency in the following for execution of Govt’s sponsored projects like civil construction work for development of roads, bridges, buildings and allied infrastructure. Major clients of the Society include National Highways Department, Public Works Department of Govt. of Kerala and other state government ministries and a host of reputed private enterprises. The Society has completed over 7561 major projects and is currently implementing over 626 projects worth more than Rs.5000 crore. The Society has a paid-up share capital of Rs.94.73 crore and a net worth of over Rs.200 crore. During the last 6 years the turnover has increased from Rs.141.15 crore in 2011-12 to Rs.792 crore in 2017-18.
    NCDC has provided financial assistance Rs.150.70 crore for stone crushing unit (Rs 14.40 crore), machinery & equipments (Rs 6.30 crore) and margin money (Rs 130.00 crore) through State Government.
    Social commitment: Conducts Civil Service Foundation Class for around 150 students in a batch; Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre for Intellectually Challenged Adults, a programme of ULCCS Foundation; Geriatric care at a safe and well-equipped facility centre and medical and palliative care for the terminally ill.

HighTech Weaving Mill constructed by ULCCS

Kandapamchal Bridge constructed by ULCCS

Cyber Park promoted by ULCCS


  • National Level: NCDC Cooperative Excellence Award 2008 and National Award for the “Best Labour Co-operative Society in India” by the National Labour Co-operative Federation of India Ltd. and National Cooperative Union of India.
  • International level: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) made a documentary on the ULCCS unique model and International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) has shown its appreciation by making ULCCS the only Indian primary co-operative to have membership in their sectoral organisation CICOPA.
  • Future Kerala Brand Award 2017-18 (GOK): Labour Power Brand in Kerala


  • Created history by developing UL Cyberpark, the world’s first IT park developed by a labour contract cooperative society which has triggered the transformation of Kozhikode into an IT hub.
  • UL Technology Solutions is a fast growing IT solutions provider for leading public and private enterprises. Setup in 2011 with four professionals, it now has a turnover of close to Rs 25 crores and employs over 150 professionals.
  • Sargaalaya is a Centre for artisans and craftsmen to display their craft and sale of finished goods. It is promoted by Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala and managed by ULCC. In 2016 it won the award for best rural tourism destination from Government of India.
  • ULCCS also has taken up organic farming:
    ULCCS success is attributed to - Team spirit and transparent & dynamic decision making; ability to ascertain their customers requirements; financial discipline & consistent tracking of business finances; management’s close involvement with projects; ability to adapt & embraced technology and continuously upgrades the machinery and equipment used for construction works.

Road construction in progress

Road Already constructed

Engineering college constructed by Uralungal LCCS

  • Calicut City Service Cooperative Bank Ltd., Kozhikode, Kerala
    Registered in 2002 as a Primary Agriculture Credit Cooperative Society, the Bank has total membership of 1.13 lakh, of which around 50% are women members. It has deposits of over Rs.1000 crore, a paid-up share capital of Rs.17.45 crore and a net worth of Rs.55 crore, as on 31.03.2018. Bank has 25 branches in Calicut Corporation Area & a mobile branch.


It has received ISO 9001- 2008 certification for quality. The Bank is a member to Deposit Insurance & Credit Guarantee Corporation & and all the properties, Cash & Gold where properly insured. Bank provides personal accident Insurance of Rs. 1 lakh to the depositors under City Star Savings account. Bank introduced a new deposit scheme combined with MVR cancer Research institute where a depositor who invests Rs.10000/- in the bank under “City Care deposit” scheme will get free medical treatment up to Rs. 5 lakh at MVR Cancer Research institute. Bank hasprovided Self Help Group Loans (SHG Loans) to self help groups for the purpose of farming & allied activities. Bank has a ‘city dialysis center’, a ‘mobile ICU’ and a ‘Cancer Research center’ established under aegis of the Bank, a social commitment of the bank.

Dialysis Centre run by Calicut City SCB

Bank has a ‘city dialysis centre’, a ‘mobile ICU’ and a ‘Cancer Research centre’ established under aegis of the Bank, a social commitment of the bank. To empower woman, the bank conducts a free 7 day certified training campaign on embroidery, hand designs, fabric painting, mural painting, jewel making, glass painting etc., concessional bike loan scheme, and a concessional loan for a group of three ladies to start any new small business units. The financial assistance was given to more than 6000 women. Other social initiatives include supply of 5000 packets of butter milk per day to the pedestrians free of cost, “City Midday Meal Scheme” for 100 poor & needy people every day. NCDC has provided financial assistance Rs.120 crore as ST working capital under Direct Funding.

  • Kozhikode District Co-Op Hospital Ltd, Eranhippalam, Kozhikode
    The Kozikode District Cooperative Hospital Ltd. is one of the successfully run hospital in the Cooperative Sector. Registered in 1972, the Society started the hospital initially in a rented building and owns a complex with a total built up area of around 1 lakh sq ft in 2 acres of land. As of 31.03.2018, the society has a total membership strength of 5798 with a paid up share capital of Rs.14.40 crore and net worth of Rs.29.30 crore. The Society has as a turnover of Rs.44.84 crore and has consistently getting “A” audit classification.
    The numbers of patients treated in 2017-18 was 1,81,680 (1,71,531 Out-Patient and 10149 In-Patient). It is a Super Specialty hospital with 5 permanent doctors and 45 visiting doctors and 250 qualified para-medical and 53 administrative and other supporting staff. The Hospital offers total hip, knee and joint replacements, facilities like Endoscopy, Echocardiography, C-Arm, Arthroscopic Surgery, Dialysis Unit, Mobile ICU Ambulance, 24 hours Accident Care, diagnostic services etc. at reasonable cost.
    Hospital runs a Neethi Medical Store which sell medicine at 10-15% lower than MRP and also a Blood Bank, and services are offered at very reasonable level affordable to poor patients. Hospital gives preferred attention to poor patients and does not charge rent in General Ward and in genuine cases, discount upto 25% is given for other services.
    Under the Share linked treatment plan, members of the Society receive medical coverage and concession is proportionate to the share amount invested with the society. The hospital provides service at a call to the nearby patients. Cashless treatment is offered to patients under Karunya Benovelant Fund, Govt. of Kerala and other charity schemes. Free Camps for traffic security awareness, detection and prevention of breast cancer, eye camp, dental services are held regularly.
    NCDC has sanctioned Rs.15.88 crore as term loan for expansion and modernization of hospital.

Kozhikode Dist Coop Hospital complex


Operation Theatre

Surgical Section

  • Kerala State Co-operative Federation for Fisheries Development Ltd (MATSYAFED).
    MATSYAFED, the Kerala State Co-operative Federation for Fisheries Development Ltd., was registered on 19th March 1984 as an Apex Federation of primary fishermen development & welfare cooperative societies in the coastal fishery sector and set up under a two-tier structure, with the objective of ensuring the economic and social development of the fishermen community by implementing various schemes aimed at promoting the production, procurement, processing and marketing of fish and fish products. Matsyafed has:
    • 651 Primary Cooperatives ( 337 Marine, 193 Inland & 121 Vanitha)
    • 4,56,227 Fishermen are associated with Primary Societies
    • 41,191 member participation in Auction
    • 1,80,723 SHG members are involved in Matsyafed activities
    • Availing financial supports from NCDC, NBCFDC & NMDFC
    • Running Major 10 Commercial Units, 10 Aqua Units, 10 District Offices, 30 Fish Marts, 12 Kerosene Bunks, 9 Diesel Bunks, 13 Vyasa Stores , 9 OBM Workshops (103 units)
    • Has 892 Employees ( Reg-333, Con-222, DW-200, PR-57 & Motivator-80)
    • 7 Major divisions having Division Heads, managed by GM & MD

Projects implemented by MATSYAFED with NCDC’s assistance:

S.N. Project Year of Implementation Project outlay Assistance Sanctioned Assistance Released Project Status
1 IFDP-I* 85-91 555.84 431.7 431.7 Completed
2 IFDP-II 87-94 1034.28 911.45 911.45 Completed
3 IFDP-III 91-97 4228.68 4056.48 3611.42 Completed
4 IFDP-Inland 98-00 636.37 564.27 564.27 Completed
5 (Fish Marketing Centre (FMC) 99-02 339.0 312.3 312.3 Completed
6 IFDP:98-99 98-99 1989.75 1713.6 1713.6 Completed
7 IFDP:99-00 99-00 1690.0 1526.0 1475.6 Completed
8 IFDP:00-01 00-01 1613.85 1391.8 1357.15 Completed
9 IFDP:01-02 3-Feb 2702.5 2462.75 2462.75 Completed
10 IFDP:03-05 6-Mar 2458.0 2166.0 2166.0 Completed
11 IFDP:06-07 8-Jul 1504.5 1348.55 1333.55 Completed
12 IFDP:07-08 10-Sep 3402.0 2934.6 2858.1 Completed
13 IFDP:10-11 11-Oct 3550.2 3234.5 3234.5 Completed
14 IFDP:11-12 13-Dec 3153.82 2763.02 2763.02 Completed
15 IFDP:12-13 13-14 3134.0 2731.1 2731.1 Completed
16 IFDP:13-14 14-15 3468.0 3047.0 3047.0 Completed
17 IFDP:14-15 15-16 4242.66 3715.9 3637.705 Completed
18 IFDP:15-16 17-18 4889.66 4211.0 3662.705 Completed
19 IFDP:17-18 18-19 3568.69 3122.59 2737.16 Ongoingssss
20 Special Support Scheme 19-20 3466.66 3000.0 2500.00 Ongoing
21 IFDP 2019-20 2019-20 3774.66 3121.50 2621.50 Ongoing
  Total   55403.12 48766.11 45683.51 Ongoing

IFDP*- Integrated Fisheries Development Project

The mission for organizing a Cooperative set up in traditional fisheries sector was to improve the per capita income of producer fishermen and their families through intervention in Credit, Technology up-gradation, Marketing support and Capacity building and to improve their standard of living and to bring them into the main stream of the society. There are 666 Fishermen Development and Welfare Co-operative Societies in Marine, Inland and Women fisheries sector, now affiliated to Matsyafed.

From the Sea for beach level auction

A pilot project of Integrated Fisheries Development Project (IFDP) - Phase I in 1984 with financial assistance of Rs 5.50 crore from National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) initiated in three districts was a great success. The 13 Integrated Fisheries Development projects that followed has been implemented in last 28 years focusing on an integrated approach for development of the traditional fisheries sector linking credit and input requirements for production to marketing activities coupled with capacity building, infrastructural development and managerial support.

The Federation/primaries intervention in beach level fish auction has reduced the influence of middlemen and offered 70% (in comparison to 30% in 1980s) of the consumer price to the fishermen. A savings system was also introduced along with the auction which was given back as the production bonus during festival season. The auction system has also streamlined the loan recovery mechanism of the primary societies.

Fresh fish sale point

The initial focus of the Federation was to look into the fishing activities and to support fishermen by providing fishing input and thereby improve their income. But it is also important to improve the income of the family so that better financial stability is gained by the fishermen family. In this context, the Federation has initiated formation of the Self Help Groups (SHGs) among fishermen family members and encouraged to start micro-enterprises. For supporting the micro-finance, Matsyafed could avail credit facilities from NBCFDC and NMDFC at 6% rate of interest per annum. Matsyafed could also provide interest free loans to fisherwomen vendors with support of the State Government. In the last seven years, Matsayfed could organise 14715 Self Help Groups with a total membership of 1,93,954 and provided loan of about Rs. 256.73 crore as micro credit.
In order to develop as a vibrant organization an effective campaign was organized in the initial years of formation of the Federation. Extensive mass contact programs and awareness programs were conducted in fishing villages and continuous interaction on one to one basis with fishermen groups were organized so that the group dynamics could be maintained and successful group activity has emerged. There is an Extension and Mass communication Division in the Federation to look after the effective capacity building process at different levels.

Commercial & Welfare activities undertaken by MATSYAFED.

  • Matsyafed has two Fish Net Factories at Cochin and Kannur with an installed capacity of 1100 Tons per annum. It has a market share of about 30% of the State requirement and focus in given to the traditional sector webbings. The factory is equipped with latest technology net making machines and processing machine which ensure the best quality fishnet to fishermen. Other fishing accessories like Ropes, Floats, Twine etc. is being traded through these units.

Nylon Net factory of Matsyafed

  • Matsyafed Ice and Freezing Plant having a freezing capacity of 22.5 Tons per day with a storage capacity of 600 Tons. It mainly focuses on the processing of Tuna and export different fish products to different countries. It export mostly tuna in frozen condition to different countries like Thailand, China, Iran, Turkey, France, Spain, Oman, Dubai, Tunisia, Algeria, Sri Lanka, etc. The plant has a special facility called tuna terminal to export high value tuna products to developed markets.

Fish Processing unit of Matsyafed

  • Matsyafed OBM Division import Out Board Motors mainly Suzuki Motors from Japan and sell it directly to fishermen through Vyasa Stores. It has about 13 workshops in different part of Kerala to take care of the repair and service of the engines. It also deals with different electronic items like Eco Sounder, VHF Radios, Insulated Boxes, Crates, etc.
  • Matsyafed Chitin and Chitosan Plant produce different grades of Chitin and Chitosan from the prawn shell waste. The plant has a capacity of 60 Tons Chitin per annum. It is already marketing anti fat formula called Chitone which is used for reduction in weight and good against Fat and Cholesterol. Matsyafed has two Fish Manure Plants at Azheekode, Thrissur District and Calicut. It has a manufacturing capacity of 10000 Tons of fish manure per annum.
  • The Commercial Division has 6 Diesel Bunks in different parts of the State and have 12 Vyasa Stores to sell fuel/ oil as well as all type of fishing equipments.
  • Hatcheries and Farms: Running four Prawn Hatcheries with production capacity of 120 million prawn/shrimp seeds at Thirumullavaram (Kollam), Kaipamangalam (Thrissur), Veliyamcode (Malappuram) and Moplabay (Kannur). Three fish farms for commercial production of fish and prawns at Njarakkal, Malippuram (Ernakulam District) and Palaikkari (Kottayam District).
  • Mini Aqua Tourism: A unique venture in the state where boating, angling, rowing and other entertainments are provided to the tourists in all farms owned by Matsyafed at Njarakal & Malippuram farms in Ernakulam district and Palaikkari in Kottayam district.
  • Public Aquarium: Matsyafed is running a Public Aquarium and Reseach Centre at Thenmala, Kollam. Another one is functioning at Kottayam in collaboration with Kottayam Municipality.
  • Fishermen Personal Accident Insurance Scheme: The scheme provides compensation of Rs. 5 Lakh to the dependents of fishermen who die in accidents. If the accident leads to disability, compensation is provided as the gravity of losses.
  • Matsyafed Input Security Scheme (MISS): Compensating the loss due to accidents and natural calamities sustained to the fishing implements distributed under Matsyafed schemes.
  • Vanitha Bus: Matsyafed is operating special bus service for the journey of fisherwomen vendors from the landing centres to the market places and back, at nominal rates in Trivandrum & Ernakulam Districts.