The products produced by the farmer producer companies (FPC) need to be marketed in the domestic and international markets in such a manner that would reduce the cost of production, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari Thursday said while addressing a webinar from Nagpur on ‘Cluster Development in the Agricultural MSME sector.
Gadkari appealed to the representatives of FPCs in Amravati district who attended the webinar to focus on how to reduce the cost of production as well as transportation and labour costs while increasing the production at the same time. He also said that, the products should be made available in the domestic market without compromising with the quality. After that, the surplus produce should be exported outside the country.
The minister also suggested that the process of reducing the production cost by farmers and cost cutting in expenditure by industries in processing will prove beneficial for industry. He said that a farmer-producer company with a pulses mill cluster could reduce its production and transportation costs through the use of solar rooftops, freight by rail, and use of dry-port. He also appealed to the farmers to reduce the cost of production by using organic fertilisers from agricultural waste instead of using chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
Agriculture products should be made available in the domestic market without compromising with the quality. After that, the surplus produce should be exported outside the country.
Natural resources are available in each district of Vidarbha which can be utilised by Khadi and Village Industries (KVIC) and it can prepare a district-wise vision for such farmer producers companies. He also suggested that the FPCs can manufacture products from honey, silk available in Chandrapur, cluster for Agarbatti can be establish in bamboo cultivation belts of Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts. Gadkari also informed regarding the ‘Equipment Bank’ scheme of agricultural department. Under this scheme, the group of farmers and FPCs can buy equipment and can use it among them on rental basis.
In Amravati district of Maharashtra, as many as 20,000 farmers are connected with 55 FPCs and agreements were made with companies like Tata International and Walmart for marketing their produce.
Dr. PM Parlewar, Director of MSME Development Institute, Nagpur informed that, the Common Facility Centers (CFCs) for FPCs’ produce are also being established in the Vidarbha region.
Nitin Gadkari also replied to the queries raised by representatives of FPCs regarding orange processing industry and other queries at the end of the webinar. He directed the concerned authorities to hold a guidance meet, after the end of the lockdown period in Nagpur for explaining the schemes available by the Department of Agriculture and MSME to such FPCs. The webinar was attended by representatives of farmer producer companies from Vidarbha and officials of Tata International.