The UP government said the policy will also help deliver schemes of the central and state government and impart the latest farming techniques in a better way to farmers who are part of the FPOs.
“The mission is to encourage the agricultural sector as an organised business and eliminate the uncertainties associated with the farming business. The FPOs will be made aatamnirbhar in terms of working by making them strong financially and technically. Due to income in agriculture being lesser than other sectors, many small farmers are migrating to cities for livelihood, and children of well-to-do farmers are going into different fields after studies. But given the increasing population of the state and its needs for food-grains, the productivity in the agriculture sector needs expansion,” the state government said in an order on Tuesday, notifying the Farmer Producer Organisation Policy, 2020. ET accessed the order.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat address on Sunday had spoken about FPOs running in Haryana and Tamil Nadu where farmers have come together to sell their produce directly to Azadpur Mandi in Delhi, big retail chains and Five Star Hotels and diversified into new crops like sweet corn, baby cord, cucumber, and capsicum to earn much more. Under the UP policy, the FPOs will be brought on the e-NAM platform of the central government and also given a consolidated dashboard on a new portal to be set up by the state government to help them establish direct contact with buyers. A Project Monitoring Unit (PMU) will be set up at the state level to coordinate the exercise and prepare an online database of the to-be-formed FPOs after hand-holding them to come into existence. A help desk will also be created to help FPOs about business practices, laws, and taxation issues.
The UP government will also help in the registration of these FPOs, help them file annual returns as well as obtain different kinds of permissions or licenses. About 2,000 new FPOs are expected to be created in the next two years under the new policy.