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

l, do not directly trade in agri-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

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Can farmer producer groups replace arhtiyas, push crop diversification? -Vibhor Mohan

-The Times of India CHANDIGARH: Agri marketing in Punjab is unimaginable without commission agents (arhtiyas). But a section of farmers in the state are beginning to respond to farmer producer organizations' (FPOs) attempt at marketing as an alternative to the traditional direct selling. The move is also expected to help farmers break the wheat-paddy cycle and take to growing vegetables. A study sponsored by National Bank for A

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Tamil Nadu scales down foodgrains target

d clusters of 2,500 acres each, another 400 clusters will be taken up next year, covering 10 lakh acres of dry land. To help small and marginal farmers, Jayakumar said the state would launch "farmer producer organizations" to promote collective farming for credit mobilization, better adoption of technology and to facilitate effective forward and backward linkages. Next fiscal, 2,000 farmer producer groups will be promoted, each comprising

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For drought-hit farmers, higher compensation still a pittance -Sanyantan Bera

drought and pest attacks this year) costs at least Rs.11,000 per acre in seeds, fertilizer, pesticide and labour in rain-fed areas, said Yogesh Dwivedi, head of the Madhya Pradesh state federation of farmer producer organizations. Most farmers don’t have access to crop insurance, and the raised compensation will not even pay for the cost of clearing the field and preparing for the next crop, said Dwivedi. Over 95% of paddy and wheat growers in I

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In the name of the farmer -Sukhpal Singh

ktracked after some experimentation as they could not break the interlocking of markets despite bringing the bank linkage as part of their service. Even if a national platform is provided for some farmer producer organizations (FPOs) under the NAM initiative, it cannot help the farmers at large as most of them are still outside the ambit of these agencies. Therefore, there is no alternative to making APMCs work by taking tough measures and breaking

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Schemes and Programmes for the Benefit of Small and Marginal Farmers

nd marginal farmers having Kisan Credit Cards for a further period of six months. Small and marginal farmers are encouraged to organize themselves into registered Self-help Groups, Cooperatives, farmer producer organizations (FPOs) etc. to derive benefit of economies of scale in farming operations. Such groups are provided credit for agricultural activities as joint liability groups. Agriculture sector registered an average growth rate of

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El Nino likely to cause loss of Rs 1,80,000 crore this year: ASSOCHAM -Soma Basu

s must be put to provide quality power for agriculture in drought hit areas. Initiate the structural and institutional reforms in agriculture. Facilitating private investments in agriculture and farmer producer organizations would boost the supply response in agriculture and save on large wastages in the supply chains. Tap the unexploited irrigation potential.

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Revamping agriculture and PDS-Ashok Gulati

missions on food articles need to be brought to zero or at most less than 5%, and taxes on processed food must also be kept at less than 5%; and (b) farmers need to be organized in clusters, known as farmer producer organizations, to create economies of scale at their level. A public-private partnership model can be developed to help industry invest at the back end to streamline value chains. Fourth, massive reforms are needed to get the markets

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India Grows Close to 270 Million Tonne Fruits and Vegetables

ave been brought under improved irrigation systems such as drip and sprinkler irrigation. Under VIUC scheme, about 4 lakh farmers were mobilized into 23,000 Farmer Interest Groups (FIGs) and 192 farmer producer organizations (FPOs), besides providing technical support and assistance for taking up cultivation of vegetables in open field and protected cover. National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD) has been addressing the issues on cold ch

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