“We are set to achieve hon’ble PM Modi’s target of 10,000 FPO,” says Agriculture Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at FPO Mela

“We are set to achieve hon’ble PM Modi’s target of 10,000 FPO,” says Agriculture Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at FPO Mela

FPO Mela concludes at Delhi Haat INA

New Delhi, July 8, 2024:

The first FPO Mela of 2024-25, organized by SFAC and F2DF Private Limited, concluded today at Dilli Haat-INA, marking a significant milestone in promoting Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and sustainable agriculture. With over 30,000 visitors attending the event over three days, the mela showcased the diverse products of 40 FPOs from across India, representing over 1,000 farmers.

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“This has become a movement. Most of our farmers are marginal farmers, and progressing alone is difficult for them. There is strength in unity. Thanks to the Prime Minister, who set the target of 10,000 FPOs in every block, we have now reached around 8,875. The quality of FPO products surpasses that of big companies, and some FPOs have a turnover of 1 crore. The government stands with you, and we will take this movement forward. Farmers will receive training, and online ordering facilities are available. Both the consumers and the producers benefit,” said Agriculture Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

FPO Mela

Minister also highlighted the importance of such events in connecting farmers directly with consumers and markets. “This mela is an excellent platform for farmers to showcase their products and engage with consumers directly. It paves the way for a brighter future for our farming communities,” he remarked.

Shri Faiz Ahmed Kidwai, Additional Secretary, emphasized the role of FPOs in fostering sustainable agricultural practices. “FPOs play a crucial role in promoting sustainable agriculture, ensuring that farmers receive fair prices for their produce while also catering to the needs of consumers.”

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MD of SFAC, Mrs. Maninder Kaur, expressed her satisfaction with the event’s success and its impact. “The overwhelming response from both farmers and visitors has been heartening. This mela has not only provided a platform for FPOs to showcase their products but has also strengthened the bond between farmers and consumers, paving the way for future collaborations,” she stated.

COO of F2DF – Kisan Ki Online Dukan, Shri Rahul Dhingra, echoed these sentiments, underscoring the importance of direct farmer-consumer interactions in promoting agricultural sustainability and economic growth.

In an impressive outcome, state authorities confirmed that items worth Rs 1 crore were sold during the mela. Additionally, numerous B2B commodities were booked for future orders, indicating strong ongoing support for the initiative.

The FPO Mela at Dilli Haat is the first of 24 such events planned across the country for 2024-25, aiming to promote and support FPOs nationwide. Organizers invite everyone to join in celebrating our farmers’ dedication to sustainable agriculture and discover the unique products they bring to the market.

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