The co-operative movement has contributed considerably to agricultural progress since the last about 20 years. The movement has been helping the agricultural economy to do away with the evils of, (1) poverty of the cultivator. (2) money-lending business, (3) shortage of improved aids to agriculture, and (4) low productivity of land, The co-operatives cater to the needs of rural credit, supply of improved seeds, fertilizers, implements and pesticides, and marketing of agricultural produce. All these have a definite impact on improving agricultural conditions. Co-operative fanning which has just found an humble beginning in this district aims at reducing the ills of increasing pressure of population on land, equitable distribution of land, and doing away with uneconomic size of holding, sub-division and fragmentation of land, low productivity of agricultural land, primitive methods of farming, and illiteracy of the farmer.

The co-operative complex comprises an institutional framework-consisting of co-operative credit societies, multipurpose societies, service co-operatives, purchase and sale societies, co-operative farming societies and consumers co-operative societies. In fact the co-operatives are expected to take a lead in the programme of rural emancipation.

Regulated Markets

Development of regulated markets has been very much remarkable in Dhulia district. The history of regulation of agricultural marketing in Dhulia dates back to September 1930 in which year the Dhulia market was brought under the purview of the Bombay Cotton Markets Act of 1927. Subsequently the important markets at Dondaicha, Shirpur, Nandurbar, Shahada, Nawapur, Taloda, and Sakri were brought under regulation. Besides these principal markets, the below mentioned sub-markets have also been regulated under the Bombay Agricultural Produce Markets Art of 1939. They are: Shirud, Sindkheda, Nardana, Betawad, Hol Nanthe, Vikharan, Dhanore. Prakashe, Mandana, Chinehpada, Khandbara, Visarwadi and Akkalkuwa. A few such markets are also proposed to be regulated. Thus, the net-work of regulated markets in the district will be complete.