31st July, 2020, Pune
The Shri Siddhagiri Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kolhapur in collaboration with the Regional Agriculture Extension Management Training Institute (RAMETI), Kolhapur and Maha Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations Federation, Pune, Maharashtra organized a Webinar on “Formation of Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations (FPOs) for Atmanirbhar Bharat” today.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune, Maharashtra urged the farmers for harnessing the power of working together, self-help concept, cooperation, democratic control, mutual trust building, bargaining power and spirit of working as entrepreneurs. He also urged the farmers to identify the areas for cluster-based farming as a part of proper business planning.
Shri P.P. Adrushya Kadsiddheshwar Swami Ji, Chairman, Shri Siddhagiri Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kolhapur, Maharashtra urged the farmers for becoming business icons rather than just farmers. He also stressed on linking the greater number of farmers to the FPOs for better linking to the market.
Shri Umesh Patil, Principal, RAMETI, Kolhapur appealed the participants to engage young farmers and orient them towards understanding the concept of FPO and the importance of group-based farming. He also stresses on developing commodity-based groups for easy marketing.
Dr. Sanjay Pandhare, Enterprise and Resource Generation Specialist, SMART Project, Government of Maharashtra outlined the establishment of the FPOs in their locations with the various organizations. He also advised the farmers about document preparation, utilization of different schemes for FPOs establishment.
Dr. Ravindra Singh, Head, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kolhapur, Maharashtra encouraged the farmers for attaining the goal of doubling the farmers’ income by 2022 with the help of FPOs.
A total of 131 participants participated in the Webinar.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra)