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Farmer Producer Organisations

  Jul 25, 2020

Farmer Producer Organisations

Q. What are FPOs?

A. Farmer Producer Organisations, (FPO) consists of collectivisation of producers especially small and marginal farmers so as to form an effective alliance to collectively address many challenges of agriculture such as improved access to investment, technology, inputs, and markets. 

Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) is providing support for the promotion of FPOs.

The resource agencies leverage the support available from governments and agencies like NABARD to promote and nurture FPOs, but attempting an assembly line for mass production of FPOs has not given the desired results.

Q. What is current status of FPOs?

A. According to a 2017 NABARD publication, around 5,000 FPOs are operating in the country, which was formed under various initiatives of the Central Government (including Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium), State governments, NABARD, and other organisations.

Of these, around 3,200 FPOs are registered as farmer producer companies and the remaining as cooperatives/societies, etc.

However, the beginnings of FPOs have been rather modest and membership is at five lakh only.

Q. What are the importance of FPOs?

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Q. Are there any issues involved?

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