Farmers Business Groups: Livelihood Solution to Cotton Seed Producers
Cotton seed production is a labour intensive industry requiring on an average 10 skilled workers per acre particularly during emasculation and pollination. It requires substantial investment and takes nearly 10 months for return. It also needs proper intervention of technology, management and training to make it profitable. Aiming at this, an initiative was taken under National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) sub-project on ‘Livelihood and Nutritional Security of Tribal Dominated Areas through Integrated Farming System and Technology Models’ at Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology (MPUAT), Udaipur, Rajasthan. It led cotton seed producers to the prosperity in Rajasthan. With the efforts of NAIP, Dungaria Agro Producer Company Limited (DAPCL), Mewara, Dungarpur was established as a registered Producer Company.
DAPCL Associated Farmers
Using self-help principles DAPCL created 41 Farmers Business Groups (FBGs) comprising 622 members and helped in facilitation of savings and enhancing the aggregation of farmer surpluses to generate marketing power. It conducts training and capacity building sessions in 10 villages of the Dungarpur District. Producer Companies (PCs) associated farmers in Banswara and Dungarpur districts of Rajasthan in collaboration with ACCESS Development Services. The main objective of PCs is to collectively procure and market farm produce and to ensure better margins to the farmers.