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Mar 02, 2021

Union Ministers of State for Agriculture inaugurate professional training programmes

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Union Ministers of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala and Kailash Choudhary inaugurated professional training programmes designed and developed for CEOs, Board of Directors, Accountants of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) on the occasion of the anniversary of the Central Sector Scheme titled Formation and Promotion of 10 thousand FPOs. The scheme was launched by Prime Minister on 29th of February last year at Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh with a budgetary provision of six thousand eight hundred 65 crore rupees. Mr Rupala also distributed certificates of registration issued by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to new FPOs.
There are well-defined training structures in the scheme and the institutions like Bankers Institute of Rural Development (BIRD), Lucknow and Laxmanrao Inamdar National Academy for Co-operative Research and Development (LINAC), Gurugram have been chosen as the lead training institutes for capacity development and training of FPOs. Training and skill development modules have been developed to further strengthen FPOs.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Rupala said, FPOs will make farming more viable by aggregating land. He said that the formation of FPOs is not just a scheme, but it is a plan to give a new dimension to Indian Agriculture in a new India.
Mr Choudhary described the scheme as revolutionary and said that it will bring transformation in farmers' life. He advised the officials to bring out a pocket book on guidelines for the formation of FPOs in regional language so that more and more farmers know about it. 
Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agrawal said, in each block there should be an FPO which acts as catalyst for institutional infrastructure.
More than 2,200 FPOs produce clusters have been allocated for the formation of FPOs in the current year, of which 100 FPOs for specialized Organic produce, 100 FPOs from Oilseeds and 50 commodity-specific FPOs with value chain development will be formed. 

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