Balipatna, Mar 10: Krishi Vigyan Kendra-Khordha and PSFPO Project, Bhubaneswar today jointly established two Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs) ‘Divyalok’ and ‘Sambalit’ at Balipatna block, Khordha district of Odisha.
These FPCswere created in commemoration to the International Women Day 2021. Dr Shiba Shankar Giri, Head, KVK-Khordha welcomed the guests and gave an overview on the continuous support of KVK in establishing FPCs in Balipatna Block. The FPCs are spread over 17 Gram Panchayatas of Balipatna block of Khordha district, consisting of 500 farmers in 25 Farmer interest groups in each FPC.
He informed that under the Government of India’s initiatives and support more such FPOs will be created in agricultural sector in the district which would help small, marginal and lendless farmers to enhance their income. Sri Ansuman Tripathy, Project Accountant, Tanager briefed the role of his NGO in promoting FPOs for the socio-economic development of people. Padma Shri Sabaramatee while inaugurating the ‘Divyalok’ Horticulture and Agriculture Allied Farmers Producers Company Limited traced on the role of organic farming in agriculture for income generation and health of the consumer.
Padma Sri Batakrushna Sahoo inaugurated the ‘Sambalit’ Horticulture and Agriculture Allied Farmers Producers Company Limited. He expressed his happiness that in Khordha district two more FPOs are formed in addition to the earlier FPO in fisheries. Dr. Saroj Kumar Swain, Director, ICAR-CIFA emphasized on eco-friendly horticulture production in the region. He also urged the farmers to adopt organic farming.
He applauded the farmers of the Balipatna block for adopting the advance agricultural practices. Dr. G.S. Saha, Head, Social Science Section, ICAR-CIFA also addressed the gathering. Sri Chandra Mohan Sahoo, ADH Bhubaneswar spoke on the occasion. Sri Ajay Kumar Dash, Scientist, KVK Khordha coordinated the programme. He emphasized on formation of FPOs to eliminate the middle man in vegetable marketing for profit maximization of the farmers.
He also stressed on establishing market outlet for the FPOs. A Farmer-scientists interface was held on this occasion and the queries related to horticulture and Agriculture were addressed Smt Madhuchhanda Mistri, Gender Associate, Tanager shared her experience on FPO forming and also proposed the vote of thanks. Around 200 farmers and farm women participated in this event following Covid-19 guidelines.