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Centre may promote Farmer Producer Organisations, but will they address agrarian distress? -Richa Govil India already has several kinds of FPOs. So why have they not made a dent on farmers' woes? On July 5, 2019, the government of India announced its intent to promote 10,000 farmer producer organisations (FPOs) over the next five years, as part of its efforts to increase farmer income and reduce agrarian distress.   Such collectivisation can be very powerful. The best known example

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Linking farmers to futures market in India -Tirtha Chatterjee, Raghav Raghunathan and Ashok Gulati

i-futures market in India. Their small size, lack of trust and understanding of futures market and dependence on middlemen, are some of the main deterrents. The role of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) is crucial in this context since they can procure commodities, aggregate them and ensure that size and quality standards required for agri-futures trade are met. In her Budget speech for Union Budget of FY20, the Union Finance Minister has set a tar

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A missed opportunity for game-changing reforms in agriculture -Sukhpal Singh

of agriculture. There are no schemes for them in the Budget. It is a missed opportunity, that too, in a drought year. A major announcement is the promotion of 10,000 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) over the next five years, which is an ongoing focus and was in the air for some time. Currently, there are more than 5,000 FPOs in all, mostly producer companies, and a large proportion of them created as

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'FPOs need sustained support'

-The Hindu Business Line Kochi (Kerala): The two-day conference on ‘Models for Agricultural Development: Experiences of Farmer Producer Companies’, has called for sustained efforts to strengthen, streamline, support and coordinate Farmer Producer Organisations. The conference, jointly organised by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Kerala Agriculture University and Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (ISAE), mooted a national level consortium to help the FPCs real

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Farmers' collectives: Taking Farmer Producer Organisations beyond 'romance' to 'relationships' -PVS Suryakumar

he Indian Express Development professionals and policymakers have tried many a scheme to address these issues. One idea that has found resonance in recent times is Farmer Producer Organisations or FPOs. It is well-known that Indian farming is predominantly subsistence-oriented. Over 86% of our farmers operate individual holdings below two hectares, while cultivating 47% of the country’s total cultivated area. The production and productivi

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Farmer producer bodies need help -BS Suran / N Lalitha

-The Hindu Business Line FPOs are for the small producer, typically left out by schemes and sops. They need not just inputs but marketing support Agriculture provides livelihoods to millions of small landholders in India. A few government initiatives to support farmers — such as increased MSP, interest subsidies, free electricity, and loan waivers — reach a limited percentage of farmers and, hence, have a limited impact. The Tel

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BJP Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Won't Say How He Spent Rs 11 Cr Of His MPLADS Fund Despite CIC Order -Akshay Deshmane

aratiya Janata Party (BJP) has not disclosed how he has spent over Rs 11 cr of his discretionary fund in his Gwalior constituency, despite directions from the Central Information Commission (CIC), HufFPOst India has found. This persistent denial of information by a senior cabinet minister flies in the face of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's claims of running a transparent, corruption-free government. The CIC order was based on a Right to Informat

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Farmer producer organisations need their very own Amul -Jitendra

-Down to Earth Instead of encouraging them on paper, the government has to create a few model FPOs in the country and provide institutional support to them The Narendra Modi-led government has been tirelessly claiming that it would double farmers’ income by 2022. There is a lot of evidence to show that in the pursuance of this target, the income of farmers has not increased, but has rather stalled or decreased. Consequently, for the past

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Centre unveils model contract farming law

s that no permanent structure can be developed on farmers’ land or premises. “No right, title of interest of the land shall vest in the sponsor. Promotion of Farmer Producer Organization (FPOs) /Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs) to mobilise small and marginal farmers has been provided,” says the Act. The FPO and FPC can be a contracting party if so authorised by the farmers, it says. Please click here to read more.

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