FPOs thank Agri Minister Tomar for new farm laws benefiting small, marginalised farmers

New Delhi: Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar met members of the Farmer Producer Organisations of Federation of Indian FPOs and Aggregators (FIFA) representing 15 states and around 500 FPOs at Krishi Bhawan on Thursday, 17th December. They expressed their support for the recent Agricultural Reforms by the Government of India, stated a press communication from the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, adding that they thanked the Minister for the enabling environment which these Acts have created to scale business of FPOs to benefit the small and marginal farmers. They narrated their experiences in which they described how small farmers have benefited from the recent reforms and Farm Acts, the Ministry said.

The Agriculture Ministry explained that the recent Agricultural Reforms, which can support FPOs to set up their own markets to enhance the incomes of farmers are: the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; Liberalization of control orders under the Essential Commodities Act; Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF) and operational guidelines for the promotion of 10,000 FPOs.

The Ministry said that these reforms in the agriculture sector will lead to an increased volume of production of horticulture crops and value-added commodities; Institutional credit to strengthen small farmers and Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs); will boost the agri-logistic infrastructure in a major way; will develop backwards and forward linkages to meet the demand of all consumption zones of India; will lead to ‘One Nation, One Market’; and will make the FPO movement a mass movement.

NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd.) has been designated as one of the National Implementing Agencies for formation and promotion of 10,000 FPOs Programme of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. NAFED has acquired FIFA to provide market linkage support to the FPOs for their produce and create markets in partnership with the FPOs under the brand of ‘NAFED e-Kisan Mandi (NeKM)’ which will be connected to the National Digital Marketing platform being created by NAFED, the Ministry said.

50 NeKMs will be created in 2021 in the following states:

StateNo. of NeKMS
Haryana1
Punjab2
Rajasthan3
Madhya Pradesh3
Gujarat5
Maharashtra8
Karnataka3
Tamil Nadu4
Andhra Pradesh3
Telangana1
Jharkhand2
Bihar2
Chhattisgarh1
Odisha2
Uttar Pradesh4
Jammu & Kashmir (J&K)1
North East3

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