The harvest of collaboration -Vijay C Roy
Farmer producer organisations (FPOs) attempt to address problems faced by small and marginal farmers, such as dwindling income, rising input costs and decreasing landholding
Perturbed about his dwindling farm income, Kamalvir Singh, a marginal farmer from the nondescript village of Sirkapra in Patiala district, registered Nojvan Farmer Producer Company Limited in 2017. The idea was to assist small and marginal farmers and raise their income by involving them in an allied activity of apiculture. The initiative, which started with a few farmers, has now 580 members and a turnover that touched Rs 4.5 crore in the last fiscal.
“Thanks to apiculture, members of the FPO are making their income grow without any additional burden on agriculture. More farmers are now engaging in this activity and the membership is witnessing steady growth,” says Kamalvir.
The FPO has also obtained FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) certification for packaged honey products and an export certificate for bee pollen. It is also the first FPO working in this sector to export bee pollen. It has exported consignments worth Rs 1.75 crore.
Many farmers in Punjab are reaping a rich harvest by joining FPOs. Gurdaspur-based FPO Young Innovative Farmers’ Producers Organisation was registered in 2015 with the objective of increasing farmers’ income through collective production and marketing. The FPO has around 230 members and deals with production, collection and marketing of milk and milk products. It has also started a farm machinery bank for members and other farmers.
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The Tribune, 20 July, 2020, https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/the-harvest-of-collaboration-115287