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Modernising Milk Marketing in Southern Lithuania


EAFRD support helped to modernise a Lithuanian dairy cooperative’s business operations by purchasing new vehicles equipped with high tech milk suction equipment and integrated accounting systems.


The EU’s dairy sector is experiencing transitional pressures following the sector’s shift in approach to milk quota support. Dairy businesses can assist this transition by using RDP support available for improving the cost effectiveness of their production systems. Members of a milk cooperative (called Dzūkijos pienas) in southern Lithuania were aware that their operations could become more competitive by modernising their facilities.


The project aimed to modernise the cooperative’s milk sales and transportation services by purchasing new vehicles equipped with high tech milk suction equipment and integrated accounting systems.

Main activities

The project provided co-finance to help the cooperative invest its own funds in purchasing new and modern milk transportation vehicles.

Results & Benefits

By modernising its transportation and milk accounting systems the cooperative is able to operate more cost-effectively and so is better able to compete. This improved business capacity helps to safeguard employment and provides a good foundation for future growth of the cooperative and local dairy sector.

Lessons learnt

RDPs can help dairy businesses to modernise and address the challenges associated with the EU dairy sector’s transition towards increased market orientation.

Project location and other information

Alytus district, Varanauskas village.


Alytaus apskritis

RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

333 272

EAFRD contribution (€)

129 753

Private contribution (€)

129 753

Contact name

Cooperative Society‘s “Dzūkijos pienas”



Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Producer groups

Budget range

> €500 000

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Theme / Measure:

• Competitiveness of Agriculture & Forestry
• Restructuring, developing physical potential, and promoting innovation
• 125. Infrastructure related to the development and adaptation of agriculture and forestry


Agri-food industry, Cooperation, Dairy sector, Modernisation

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