Uttarakhand Cooperative Dairy Federation Ltd. (abbreviated as UCDF Ltd.) is an apex-level State Federation of District Milk Cooperative Unions in the state of Uttarakhand. It was established in the year 2001, under registration no; 555, dated 12-03-2001, with its head office at Mangal Parao, Haldwani (Nainital) for the successful implementation of the Dairy Programme within the state. The organization has a registered brand name, known as “AANCHAL".

The Uttarakhand Cooperative Dairy Federation Ltd. (UCDF Ltd.) came into existence as a successor body to the Uttar Pradesh Cooperative Dairy Federation Ltd., after the formation of Uttarakhand as its 27th state on 9th Nov 2000. The UCDF Ltd. was registered under the Uttarakhand State Co-operative Act in the year 2001. Currently in the state's dairy business “AANCHAL” is known as the Dairy Cooperative Brand of Uttarakhand.

To eliminate middlemen from the state dairy business and provide employment to the rural people at the village level, Aanchal has covered all 13 districts in the state through its 11 District Level Member Co-operative Milk Unions (District Rudraprayag and Bageshwar are included under Pauri Garhwal and Almora Milk Unions respectively) and to maintain continuous growth in milk production, it is doing collective efforts with the help of concern associated Member Milk Unions. Schemes under State and Central Governments like IDDP, RKVY, NPDD, etc are being implemented by organizations for the economic and social upliftment of farmers.

One such Scheme, the Uttarakhand Cooperative Development Programme (UKCDP) under the Central Sector Integrated Scheme on Agricultural Cooperation (CSISAC), is being implemented in the State of Uttarakhand. The Scheme aims to promote overall development through cooperative efforts in agriculture and allied sectors including the dairy sector.

Uttarakhand Co-operative Development Programme (UKCDP) – Dairy Sector Project is being implemented in the State of Uttarakhand by the Dairy Development Department, Govt of Uttarakhand and Uttarakhand Cooperative Dairy Federation Limited (Brand Aanchal). About 50,000 small and marginal dairy farmers in the state would directly benefit from the scheme. The scheme is a catalyst towards the vision of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” by creating additional income & employment generation through commercial activities by promoting commercial dairy farming and milk booths in the State.

Assistance provided under the scheme is such that it supports the establishment & strengthening of end-to-end value chain i.e. from dairy farmers to the end consumers. The project also aims to connect cooperatives with corporates. The project provides a platform for the convergence of farmers and corporates for cultivating market-oriented produce thereby fetching increased remuneration for farmers.

Uttarakhand Cooperative Development Project – Dairy Sector has the following components