|Hands go up in support of a new initiative at the annual general meeting of the Chinnaru Farmer Producer Company|
The agricultural scenario in Perambalur district of Tamil Nadu was plagued by several problems — fragmented land holding, erratic rainfall, monopoly of inputs traders, lack of awareness about latest technologies and recommended practices, to name a few. From sowing to produce marketing, the issues that small and marginal farmers faced were many. To address these issues, the Trusts started a regional centre of its flagship agricultural associate organisation, Reviving Green Revolution (RGR) Cell, in Coimbatore. RGR Cell and Trusts entered into a partnership with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University to find localised solutions through quality scientific research.
The RGR Cell has been focusing on improving agricultural productivity and profitability for small and marginal farmers across the state. A set of pilot projects were implemented in Coimbatore to identify suitable technologies which could significantly impact the quality of lives of farmers in hilly, drought-prone regions of the state. With its continued success through integrated pest management (IPM) technology and mKRISHI information service programme, the Trusts have promoted Chinnaru Farmer Producer Company (CFPC), which is a farmer producer organisation (FPO) registered in Chennai.
|Regular interactions have helped agriculturists in Perambalur district leverage the collective bargaining power of a farmer producer organisation|
|Joint purchase of seeds and pesticides through the Chinnaru Farmer Producer Company has reduced the cost of cultivation for farmers in Perambalur district|
Through these efforts, farmers in the region have adopted the recommended agricultural practices which have brought down their cost of cultivation. CFPC has ensured that the commodities reach the farmers directly from the market without any intermediary. It has facilitated their linkage with the mandis which has helped the farmers increase their profits. As stated by Mrs Sakthi, a farmer from Venbavur village, “Due to the increased cost of cultivation, I had earlier given my land on lease. But after attending FPG meetings I started cultivating my land again with the technical support and guidance from the RGR initiative. I am now selling my onion produce with a greater profit. I can’t thank the programme enough for the timely intervention”.