Unlocking the potential of smallholder farmers through farmer-producer organizations
The Indian agriculture sector is experiencing remarkable growth, with an average annual growth rate of 4.6% in the last six years. However, nearly 86% of farmers are small and marginal with average landholding being less than 1.1 hectares, making them face tremendous challenges such as access to technology, quality inputs, finances, marketing, etc. Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) have emerged as the preferred institutional mechanism to uplift small and marginal farmers. They leverage economies of scale, enhance productivity, and reduce the cost of farm production, ultimately increasing farmers' earnings.
However, FPOs face several challenges that limit their growth and impact. The challenges of FPOs start from the primary task of mobilisation. They encounter issues like limited access to capital, inadequate technical knowledge, and weak marketing systems. Moreover, women's participation in FPOs remains low.
At Samavit, we believe in empowering FPOs and farmers with the right tools and knowledge to overcome these challenges. That's why our team is trained in utilizing Rural Invest software, an innovative solution by FAO.
With Rural Invest, FPOs can effectively plan investments, manage finances, and analyse market trends. It empowers them to make informed decisions for their businesses and communities, leading to sustainable growth.
By leveraging Rural Invest software, FPOs can strengthen skill development, enhance knowledge management, and ensure proper documentation. This paves the way for long-term sustainability and growth, benefiting farmers and their families.
Join us in supporting FPOs and driving sustainable agriculture. Together, we can unlock the full potential of farmers and build a resilient and prosperous agricultural sector.