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“One district – One Product” Approach to Transform India’s Rural Sector: Narendra Singh Tomar

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia

The rural sector will be transformed by the constitution of 10000 Farmers’ Producer Organizations; FPOs will not only help in agricultural progress but also create new avenues of development, said Union Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar while addressing a meeting of Laghu Udyog Bharati and Sahakar Bharati through video conference.

Union Agriculture &Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar today said that a new dimension is going to be added to farmers’ groups with the creation of ten thousand new Farmers’ Producer Organizations (FPOs). He said that 86% farmers in the country are small and marginal farmers, who will strengthen the rural economy through these FPOs, which will not only help in agricultural progress but also create new avenues for the development of the country.

The Union Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Minister was addressing a meeting of Laghu Udyog Bharati and Sahakar Bharati through video conference, in which Ministers of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Purushottam Rupala and Kailash Choudhary, and Union Minister of State for Water Resources Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal were also present.

Tomar said that in the beginning, the minimum number of members in the FPOs would be 300 in the plains and 100 in the North-East and hilly areas. The FPOs which are being formed for the benefit of small, marginal and landless farmers, will be managed in such a way that these farmers get access to technological inputs, finances, and better markets and prices for their crops, so as to fulfil the target of doubling farmers’ incomes by the year 2022 as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The FPOs will help to reduce the cost of production and marketing, and also help to improve production in the agricultural and horticultural sectors. This will also help to increase employment opportunities.

Tomar said that in the Budget 2020-21, there is a proposal to adopt cluster approach for horticultural produce through “One district – One Product” scheme so as to give a fillip to value addition, marketing and exports. This is a central scheme, whose total budget is Rs. 6,865 crores. All FPOs will be provided professional support and handholding for 5 years. 15% of the FPOs are to be constituted in aspirational districts, and will be formed on priority basis in scheduled tribal areas. This is a produce cluster based scheme. The FPOs will also boost organic and natural farming.

 

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