PROJECT KISAAN - EMPOWERING INDIAN FARMERS
PROJECT KISAAN - EMPOWERING INDIAN FARMERS
CHALLENGES FACED BY THE FARMERS
Farm production and productivity is not as big barrier in the economic development of farmers as the weak market linkages restricting best bargain and high transaction cost of farm produce and farm inputs/services due to fragmented and small-holdings. Nearly 80% of Indian farmers (Small Holder Farmers) have a net annual income of less than INR 70,000. Due to the small ticket size of the transaction, SHFs have no access to the services of the agriculture value chain, which has a number of inefficient and opaque layers between farmers and businesses.
WHAT IS FARMERS PRODUCER ORGANIZATION (FPO)
(FPOs) are one such farmers’ aggregate, an organizational mechanism mobilizing farmers’ collective that seeks to improve their own economic and social situation and that of their communities. The strategies will hinge around reducing the transaction cost of farm produce, realize a better price of produce and get better inputs at optimum cost through collective bargaining, add value through primary processing, sorting, grading, reduce field and post-harvest losses etc. Collectives and individuals will be capacitated for efficient participation in the value chain under professionally managed FPOs which will be federated up to National level to provide continued and sustained support to FPOs after the project
To form 50 Farmers Producer Organizations in 10 states during three year’s tenure of project
To engage with 5 lakh small and marginal farmers from 10 states and organize them to become shareholders/members of FPO
To stabilize all 50 FPOs in business operations to achieve transaction efficiency to improve farmer’s income by 50%, besides enhancing farm output and promoting market driven farm practices.
To collectivize all FPOs to federate them at state and national level to provide continued and institutional support to FPOs for growth and sustainability.
PROJECT APPROACH & STRATEGY
Business plan of FPOs will be built on the basis of geographical advantages, market potential of product and farmers abilities to scale up. Accordingly, all infrastructure development, technical and material inputs will be mobilized as provisioned in various government schemes. Advantage of recently announced reforms in EC Act, APMC Act, and Contract Farming will be fully realized by developing appropriate business plan.
Aggregation of input-output and services will be core business strategy of FPO with value addition, storage, logistics and branding as major business driving operations. Business partnership with private players in input/service sourcing, NCDEX, A-NAM for output linkages will be established.
Application of technology, including ICT, IoT, Precision farming, sustainable agriculture, resource conservation technology and climate resilient orgnanic practices will be cross cutting approach for all FPOs.
Al agriculture interventions, like crop specific package of practices, crop productivity enhancement, crop loss prevention etc. will be designed as per local context.
Required agri expertise with related trainings, knowledge transfer will be availed from Technical Institutions (ICAR/SAUs) and Sri Sri Agri Institute
OUR INNOVATIVE METHODOLOGY
ART OF LIVING FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTION TO FARMERS
Two thousand farmers meet at the Native-Seed Convention
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