Webinar on Formation of Farmers' Producers' Organizations (FPOs) organized

9th June, 2020, Narayangaon, Pune, Maharashtra

Webinar on Formation of Farmers' Producers' Organizations (FPOs) organizedThe Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Narayangaon, Pune; Project Director, Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Pune and Maha Farmers’ Producers’ Organization Federation (FPO), Pune, Maharashtra jointly organized a Webinar on “Formation of Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations” today.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra emphasized on forming the FPOs and their benefits to the farmers. He stated about the principles of voluntary and open membership, farmer-member economic participation, self help, capacity building, cooperation, working together, concern for community and sustainable development followed by the FPOs. Dr. Singh highlighted the pivotal role played by the FPOs in creating the market chain, door-to-door marketing and value-addition during the distress situation.

Dr. Sanjay Pandhare, Enterprise and Resource Generation Specialist - SMART Project, Government of Maharashtra stated about the scope and objective of the FPCs. He also advised about the complete documentation process and other important information required for establishing the company.

Shri Rajendra Sabale, Project Director, ATMA, Pune outlined about the establishment of more than 400 Farmers’ Producers’ Companies (FPCs) in the last 8 to 9 years under the MACP Project out of which most of the FPCs are working successfully and helping the farmers. He also highlighted the establishment of FPOs by the farmers as their enterprises that have mutually benefited all the farmers.

Dr. Prashant Shete, Head, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Narayangaon, Pune urged the farmers to join orientation training courses at the KVK.

Shri Satish Pate, President, Shivtej Farmers’ Producers’ Company, Narayangaon, Pune stressed on having unity for the success.

Around 127 participants participated in the Webinar.

(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra)