With new farms launched by the Centre, Farmer Producer Companies (FPC) in Maharashtra have made an option advertising and marketing channel where by farmers are having comparative rates on their WhatsApp groups or via SMSes, assisting them to determine no matter if they want to market their produce in the Agriculture Develop Current market Committee (APMC) mandis or to the FPC procurement centres.

 

Maharashtra Farmers Producer Company (MahaFPC), a consortium of about four hundred FPCs in the Point out, is a single of the primary organisations to tap option markets. According to MahaFPC MD Yogesh Thorat, new farm guidelines, primarily the a single about APMCs, give flexibility to farmers to decide on the industry. If the rates are better than MSP, then farmers market their produce exterior the mandi to FPC’s procurement centres and when industry rates are much less than MSP, they just take produce to the industry.

Farmer Producer Companies

“FPCs are making sure that trade commitments are followed and farmers get money on time if they market the produce to FPCs,” reported Thorat, introducing that a aggressive surroundings is assisting farmers to get the appropriate rate for their produce. MahaFPC estimates that concerning Oct and December 2020 its members in Latur, Osmanabad, Hingoli and Nanded have earned about ₹10 crore by providing their produce exterior mandis.

 

Tur (arhar) and soya farmers in Marathwada have been providing their produce exterior mandis when they get better rates in contrast to MSP. FPCs in Satara have set up their possess mart to market their produce. Maharashtra Shetkari Sanghatana has been encouraging farmers to market their produce to FPCs and non-public players to get good returns.

Madhu Harne is Shetkari Sanghatana reported that the government’s intervention in rate regulate harms farmers. According to Bharat Dighole, President, Maharashtra Point out Onion Growers’ Affiliation, the authorities need to not import agricultural produce like pulses and onions if the domestic selling prices go up. “ Permit industry enjoy according to its procedures and farmers will shoulder rewards and losses,” he says.

Remain has hampered momentum

According to FPCs, the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to continue to be the implementation of farm guidelines has hampered sale exterior mandis. The continue to be on implementation signifies that as of now the authorities can’t commence with any govt steps to enforce the guidelines.

FPCs dread that the option advertising and marketing method they are trying to establish with support of new guidelines would receive a big setback if the stalemate about farm guidelines carries on.