Dir Agri Jmu reviews implementation of FPO

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JAMMU: To review the implementation of ‘Formation of Farmer Producer Organisation (FPO)’ project, a component of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) Director of Agriculture Jammu, H K Razdan held a meeting here on Saturday.

The meeting was attended by Joint Director Agriculture (SLUB) Bulesh Zutshi, I/C Deputy Director Agriculture (Central), Jagmohan Bhat and Project Director Actech Information Ltd, Noida, Arvind Pachouri beside other officers of the department.

Razdan, according to an official handout, said the main purpose of the meeting was to monitor the progress under FPO as per guidelines of Government of India and to discuss the bottlenecks being faced as well as future course of action.

“The department is committed to the formation of Farmer Producer Organisation and make them functional as early as possible which will aid in enhancing farmers’ income through market linkages of their produce,” he asserted.

Razdan directed the stakeholders to work for the immediate operationalisation of Farmer Producer Groups (FPO’s) and early completion of pending infrastructural work so that the farmers and consumers are benefitted by elimination of middlemen, the handout read.

10817 farmers have been covered under FPO project which are further federated into 630 Farmer Interest Groups (FIGs) till date and 4 Farmer Producer Groups have been registered covering 6 districts of Jammu province to boost the local specialties/vegetable through market linkage, read the handout.