STATE TIMES NEWSREASI: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi under the administrative control of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu today organised online training programme on ‘Farmers Producer Organisations’ which was enthuastically attended by a number of walnut and apple growers of Mahore area in Reasi Distt.The programme was organised under the able guidance of Director Extension of SKUAST-J, Prof.SK Gupta. Dr. Banarsi Lal, Scientist &Head of KVK, Reasi initiated the programme with the warm welcome of participants. He elaborated the concept and objectives of Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs) and group dynamics. He enlightened the scope of FPOs in hilly areas and added that they can provide benefits to the farmers by generating employment and improving livelihood security to the small and marginal farmers of these areas. He discussed on Farmers Interest Groups (FIGs) and narrated that the FPOs can become a vehicle of change for tackling the socio-economic conditions of the farmers of hilly areas. Dr. Pawan Sharma, Scientist, KVK, Kathua spoke in length on the formation, management and strengthnening of Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs).He informed that FPOs will facilitate the farmers to sale their farm produce such as walnut and apple in a collective way. He discussed in length about the formation of Board of Directors and bye-laws required for FPOs. He narrated that FPOs can make timely support to the farmers by providing the backward and forward linkages to the members producers of horticultural crops. Dr.Suja Nabi Qureshi, Scientist spoke on temperate fruits production technology and urged participants to start their micro-agrientrepreneurships in the area so that their income and employment can be enhanced. He also discussed on the fruits processing for more profits. During this occasion some participants asked the quarries which were answered satisfactorily by the scientists. The programme was concluded by Dr.Suja Nabi Qureshi with the formal vote of thanks.
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