The Kerala Co-operative Society Act was passed in 1969.
The first co-operative Minister in Kerala is Prof. Joseph Mundassery.
The KCS Act of 1969 was piloted by P.R. Kurup.
The first co-operative legislation in the former Cochin state is Cochin Co-operative Societies Act of 1913. The first Co- operative Society registered under this act is Edavanacadu Co-operative Society No. 1.
The first co-operative legislation in the former Travancore State is Travancore Co-operative Societies Act of 1914. The first co-operative Society registered under this Act is Trivandrum Central Co-operative Bank, 1915.
Trivandrum Central Co-operative Bank started functioning on 18th January 1916.
In 1931, the Travancore Land Mortgage Bank was formed based on the resolution of the co-operative institute.
Three-tier Structure is Kerala State Co-operative Bank (KSCB) at the apex/State level, District Co-operative Banks (DCBS) at the district level and the Primary Agricultural Co-operative Societies (PACSS) at the primary/village level.
The present name of Trivandrum Central Co-operative Bank is Kerala State Co-operative Bank (KSCB). It was formed in the year 1956. Its headquarters is at CO-Bank Tower, Trivandrum.
In July 1966, the RBI approved the Bank as a 'Scheduled State Co-operative Bank'.
The first scheduled Apex Co-operative Bank in the Co-operative Banking Sector in the Country is The Kerala State Co-operative Bank.
The first Core Banking facility introduced in the Co-operative Sector is KSCB.
In 1972, RBI issued license to KSCB for doing banking business.
Madras Co-operative Society Act 1932 was applicable in Malabar area.
The first Co-operative Society formed in Malabar area is Koduvayoor Agricultural Credit Society (registered as early in 1909).
The Oldest Co-operative Society in Kerala is Koduvayoor Urban Co-operative Bank.
An agricultural Credit Society got registered in Kerala in 1904 at Palakkad in Malabar region of the erstwhile Madras Presidency. It registered under the Indian Co-operative Credit Societies Act, 1904.
In Cochin, the first credit society was started in 1913. In November 1915, the first society was registered in Travancore.
Travancore-Cochin Co-operative Societies Act was passed in 1951.
The Trade name of the products of the Kerala State Handicraft Apex Federation is Surabhi.
MATSYAFED is the Apex Federation of Fisheries Co-operatives of Kerala. It was formed in 1984. Its headquarters is at Thiruvananthapuram. The Publication is Matsya. Vysa stores are setup by Matsyafed. The Brand Name of Manure is Nutrifish.
SPCS is Sahithya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society. It is the Co-operative Society organised by the Malayalam writers of Kerala for the publication of their books. The first Secretary of SPCS is Karoor Neela kanta Pillai. The first president is M.P. Paul.
RAIDCO is Regional Agro Industries Co-operative Kerala Ltd. It was established on 1972. Its headquarters is at Kannur. The Family Curry Powder and allied products are from RAIDCO.
The first State Co-operative Congress in Kerala is Kottayam (1966).
The last and eighth Kerala Co-operative Congress was held in Kannur (2018) and the next congress will be held in 2021.
MASK is Mutual Arrangement Scheme, Kerala. MASK helps Co-operative banks to issue transfers to Demand Draft and mail the customers within the entire state. The co-ordination and control of MASK is vested with the Kerala State Co-operative Bank.
Kettu Thengu Scheme is a scheme under which coconut tree growers mortgage a certain number of trees to the Service Co-operative Society as security for the 'Production Credit' advanced to the members. The Kettu Thengu scheme is widely adopted by the service societies in Quilon, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kottayam Districts.
Theekoi Tea Factory is the only tea factory in co-operative sector in Kerala.
The super markets of Kerala State Co-operative Consumer Federation are TRIVENI Departmental Stores.
Grameeya is the publication of NABARD.
The publication of 'Co-operative employees Union' is Co-operative worker.
Deposit Mobilisation Campaign was started in 1976 in Kerala.
Kerala State Co-operative Union was established in the year 1970. The first Chairman is P. G. Menon and its first President is K. R. Elankath.
The Co-operative Institution at Taluk Level established by the Government for the promotion of Education and Training in Kerala is Circle Co-operative Union.
Co-operative week Celebrations were started in India in the year 1954.
Only Insurance Society in the Co-operative Sector is Coins. Coins is Co-operative Insurance Society. Its headquarters is at Thiruvananthapuram. COINS started functioning in association with IFFCO-TOKYO Insurance Company.
CAPE is Co-operative Academy of professional Education. It was established in April, 1999. CAPE is registered under Travancore - Cochin Library Societies and Charitable Act. The Chairman of CAPE is Chief Minister. The Minister for Co-operation is the Vice Chairman of CAPE.
COSTECH is Kerala State Co-operative Institute of Information Technology Electronics and Communications Ltd.
Jaiva Bio Compost Manure & Fibre foam Mattress are products from AGREEN Co Ltd.
AGREEN Hashco is Pineapple Processing Unit.
VANITHAFED is the latest Co-opeative Apex Organistion (2003). Its headquarters is at Trivandrum. (Co-Bank Tower).
The Co-operative Arbitration Court is at Trivandrum.
The first Medical College in the Co-operative Sector is Pariyaram Medical College (Kannur District).
Sahakarana Hridayalaya is the newly started ‘Low cost Cardiac Treatment Centre' in association with Pariyaram Medical College.
State Agricultural Staff Training Institute is at Trivandrum.
Kerala State Co-operative Agricultural and Rural Development Bank (KSCARDB) is registered on 1956.
MILMA is Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation. Its headquarters is at Thiruvananthapuram. It was formed in 1980. Its publication is Ksheerasandesam.
COIRFED is formed in 1979. Its monthly journal is "Coir News".
CAPEX is established in 1984. Its headquarters is Kollam.
HOUSEFED is established in 1970. Its headquarters is Ernakulam.
CONSUMERFED is Kerala State Co-operative Consumer Federation. It was formed in 1965. Its headquarters is at Cochin. The Supermarket of CONSUMERFED is Triveni. The ‘Nanma’ and ‘Neethi’ stores are related to CONSUMERFED.
The first District Co-operative Bank in Kerala launched ATM facility and it was in Ernakulam.
The highest Award given to the best Co-operator in Kerala is Sadanandan Award.
The Debt relief programme initiated by Co-operative Department of Kerala is Aswas-2011.
The showroom of Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology is Adhitya.
The ‘Sahakarana Nikshepam Keraleeyam’ started in the month of November every year.
Kerala Agricultural Co-operative Staff Training Institute is located at Trivandrum.
The first Daily Newspaper in the Co-op. Sector is ‘Sahakarana Mekhala’.
The only one co-operative institution started as per the resolution of cabinet in Kerala is Kerala Dinesh Beedi Co- operative Society.
Important Publications in Co-operative Sector
Sahakarana veedhi : Co-operative Dept.
State Co-operative Union
Matsya : Matsyafed
Kerala State Co-operative Inspectors and Auditors Association
Kerala Primary Co-operative Society Staff Association
Co-operative Employees Union
Fish Co-ops : Fishcofed
First in the Co-operative Sector in Kerala
First Co-operative Legislation in Kerala - Kerala Co-operative Societies Act - 1969
First Minister for Co-operation - Prof. Joseph Mundassery
First Co-operative Societies Act - 1969 Act
First Co-operative Society in Kerala - Koduvayoor Co-op. Urban Bank
First Co-operative Society in former Cochin - Edavanakkad Paraspara Sahaya Sangham
First Co- operative Society in former Travancore - Trivandrum Central Co-operative Bank
First Milk Supply Union - Calicut Milk Supplies Union
First Milk society - Thirumala Vanitha Ksheera Vyavasaya Co-operative Society
First Fishery Co-operative Society - Puthenpally Theeradesa Matsya Vyavasaya Co-op. Society
First Co-operative College - Thiruvananthapuram (1949)
First Co-operative Medical College - Pariyaram Medical College, Kannur
First Registrar of Co-op. Society - AC Govinda Pillai