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54 Farmer Producer Organizations converge for conversations towards inclusive agribusiness

About 54 Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) representing 44,000 farmers throughout 6 states in India and 15 main agribusiness companies have come collectively for Samvad for Safalta – conversations towards inclusive agribusiness.

As part of a COVID resilience initiative, Arya, a number one agri tech begin up, has applied a complete program aimed toward capability constructing and area assist to 54 FPOs from the states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan. Funded by CDC Plus (the CDC Group’s technical help program) and supported by Omnivore, members of those FPOs have undergone an in depth program designed by Arya for readiness to undertake post-harvest interventions as a part of Omnivore and CDC’s Technical help program.

Mr Harsh Bhanwala, ex-chairman, Nabard emphasised the significance of three essential pillars – social capital, technological capital, and monetary capital for the success of any neighborhood initiatives. He emphasised that FPOs allow entry to all these and might alleviate the standing of smallholder farmers.

He stated, “Private participation is a key to providing farmers with technology interventions, access to trading platforms, value chain & storage innovations, advisory services, mechanized services.”

15 massive personal corporations and 54 FPOs occupied with worth chains of grains, pulses, and spices interacted extensively.

FPOs and corporates shared their curiosity in partnering for extra inclusive worth chains. Expression of curiosity was obtained for about 600 tonnes of buy of commodities, even within the first digital interplay. During the interactions between agribusiness corporates and FPOs, numerous challenges resembling high quality parameters, and gradation of commodity and storage had been mentioned. The dialogue introduced out the need for a package deal of practices that might assist FPOs align their manufacturing to market necessities.

Mr. Rajesh Sharma from Reliance Retail stated, “These practices would improve focus on quality output, improve their productivity and ensure better returns for the commodity.”

This initiative is the primary amongst many to enhance market linkages between farmer Producer Organizations.

Sarah Marchand, director, CDC Plus stated “With the outbreak of COVID, there were big changes expected in our society and in the way value chain systems worked. We knew that we had companies in our portfolio that could respond quickly and make an impact on the people we wanted to support. We are very pleased to have supported this initiative and that Omnivore and Arya share our vision of integrating farmers and FPOs into the agribusiness value chain and forging ahead with an inclusive sector.”

“Omnivore has always worked towards encouraging new technology in Agriculture and ensuring it reaches farmers on the ground level for their economic growth. We have great hope that with the coming together of farmer organizations and corporate houses a lot of solutions can be developed and we will continue to work towards Impact,” stated Subhadeep Sanyal from Omnivore.

Ms. Sindhu Singh, a member of a collaborating FPO shared her story on how with Arya’s assist she may promote rice price Rs 15 lakh in 40 days to the farmers at an amazing price- a win-win for each of them. She stated, “I am very thankful to Arya for providing us with the right digital training that helped us gain an understanding of how marketplaces work. Our FPO helped us skip middlemen & achieve a price of Rs 18 per kg instead of the Rs 12 per kg ,the price at which the middlemen were usually buying.”

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