|06 August 2021, Punjab: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bahowal, Hoshiarpur, under the aegis of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana organized an awareness camp on Farmer Producer Organizations in which farmers and groups involved in organic farming participated.|
At the outset, Dr. Maninder Singh Bons, Deputy Director (Training), Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Hoshiarpur welcomed the experts and farmers and urged the farmers present to come forward to avail the benefits of this scheme. He said that the main objective of the FPOs is to enshrine collective work culture, increase the productivity of the farmers, skill enhancement through training and exposure visit, ease in marketing, easy availability of banking facilities and facilities for setting up processing units for business up gradation. Dr. Bons also said that under the able supervision of Ms Apneet Riyait, Hon’ble Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, concerned departments are making all out efforts for formation of FPOs in the district.
NAFED has a proposal to set up a Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) for organic farmers through agency IASPL, Agriwatch in Hoshiarpur district, for which Sh. Kamaljit Singh and Mr. Anuj Sood, representatives from implementing agency IASPL, Agriwatch, shared detailed information about the scheme with the farmers and also had detailed interaction and discussion with the farmers regarding their concerns.
Dr. Khushdeep Dharni, expert from Department of Business Management, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, and Shri. Jasminder Singh Bindra, District Development Manager, NABARD also interacted with the farmers through online mode in this programme and shared important tips.
Sh. Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, Deputy Project Director, ATMA, Shaheed Bhagat Nagar, shared his experiences on organic farming and formation of FPOs.
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Dr. Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh, Assistant Professor (Vegetable Science), KVK Hoshiarpur, Mr Raman Sharma and Mr. Rajiv Ranjan, Deputy Project Directors, ATMA, Hoshiarpur, members of Innovative Farmers Association, Hoshiarpur, Sandhya SHG, village Maili, and progressive farmer, Sh. Gurwinder Singh Khangura also participated in this programme.
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