Uttar Pradesh (UP) is all set to create a devoted physique, on the traces of Udyog Bandhu, to help enterprising farmer producer organisations (FPOs) in investing in initiatives for post-harvest infrastructure administration and group farming belongings with the assistance of the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF) that the Centre had introduced in August, sources revealed.
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The UP cupboard is prone to clear the FPOs coverage, 2020 quickly within the wake of the Central authorities’s determination to kind 10,000 such items within the nation by 2023-24.
The Central authorities plans to make Rs 1 lakh crore AIF accessible to banks that may finance these initiatives.
“The proposed coverage seeks creation of an Udyog Bandhu-like devoted company for FPOs,” sources disclosed.
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“The brand new physique can be headed by an official to be designated because the chief government officer (CEO), who can be assisted by officers to be drawn from different departments reminiscent of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, dairy growth on deputation,” they added.
The proposed coverage additionally makes it obligatory for all authorities departments to chalk out motion plans which can be aligned to FPOs.
“All authorities departments will incorporate of their motion plans the measures that profit FPOs,” sources mentioned.
“For instance, the dairy growth division should inform what number of milk manufacturing committees are to be fashioned involving FPOs,” they added.
The UP authorities may also coordinate with the Nationwide Financial institution for Agriculture and Rural Improvement (NABARD) to assist FPOs get loans from banks both as working capital or to arrange meals processing items, chilly shops, branding and packaging items, warehouses amongst others. Every FPO can be entitled to a most mortgage of Rs 2 crore.
The FPOs can function at district, state and nationwide degree for the product recognized as per their requirement of processing, branding and advertising and marketing. One district, one product coverage will get a thrust underneath this initiative.
Devesh Chaturvedi, extra chief secretary (ACS), agriculture, UP, mentioned that the FPOs Coverage, 2020 can be despatched to the state cupboard for its approval quickly. “We now have already made a presentation of the coverage earlier than chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Now, it is going to be despatched for the cupboard’s approval,” he mentioned.
Chaturvedi mentioned the coverage can be a game-changer for the agricultural economic system.
An FPO, fashioned by a gaggle of farm producers, is a registered physique with producers as shareholders of the organisation. It offers with enterprise actions related to farm produce and operates for the good thing about member producers.
“UP goals to arrange 1,000 FPOs. Every block can have a FPO, comprising between 300 and 500 farmers,” sources mentioned.
The aspiring districts would get a precedence within the formation of FPOs underneath the brand new coverage, they added.