How a farmer organization can help farmers to uplift their standard of living by making them enable of taking new initiatives, which they otherwise can't....here is a perfect example of RKS and PFC in India as a case study
Present situation of farmers in India and solutions
Next-Generation Farm Practices in Haryana and Punjab byRashtriya Kissan Sangathan, New Delhi Self-Initiatives by farmers of Punjab & Haryana unit Puneet Singh Thind
A destruction model- ‘Mostly Out of Focus’ The Farmer is the only man in our economy:- 1) Who buys everything at Retail… 2) Sells everything at Wholesale… 3) And pays the freight Both ways….
Changing dynamics of Indian Agriculture Agriculture is the largest unorganised sector in India, with 57 per cent of Indias total population and 73 per cent of Indias total employment. There are around 55 crore farmers in India (NSSO-2009). Hardly 5-10% farmers are Progressive, Educated, Self-Moving and innovative. (But sadly, most of them are only just ‘Political Farmer’ too). >40% Rural Youth is out of Farming. Who is going to do this job??? Real bottleneck is rest of 90-95%....!!! Farmers don’t have any vibrant model to organize themselves and link with the market.
Rashtriya Kissan Sangathan - An Answer to Farmer woes by Agri Marketing (A Case Study) Est’d in 1965 as ‘National Was established as an ‘Elite Club’ of Tonnage Club of Farmers’, Progressive Farmers in 70’s. Registered under Companies A truly farmer-dedicated, Free-From Politics Societies Act, 1860, based in and Professionally-run-organization. New Delhi. Farmers are well-organized at village, block, district, state and national level. A nation-wide Farmer Organization (FO) with Most effective way for Farmer linkage with Market and Govt. farmers’ base and working ‘Power of Accumulation’ is an exercise. units in different states. Union Minister of Agriculture is Ex-Officio Inter-State Farmer Exchange President of RKS. programs. Farmer, Scientist, Extension Officers and We promote Farmers for Self- Private Companies are members with RKS. Initiatives, Action-Oriented efforts than Criticism-Oriented
Organization Chart of Rashtriya Kissan Sangathan National Executive Chairman Sr. State V.P. Ger. Sec. State Regional/State Coordinator Asst. V.P. Joint Advisor /Asst. (3) Secretary (3) Coordinator (3) District/block Secretary Advisor President Community Coordinators Primary Members
The Progressive Farmers’ Multipurpose Co-operative Society (PFC), Haryana A multi-purpose Co-Operative society promoted by RKS in Haryana in 2006 to benefit farmers by exercising ‘Power of Accumulation’. Promoted as a new experience in agriculture marketing to bridge the gap between farmer/producer and processor/consumer. To check malpractices and exploitation of farmers in the market. To convert agriculture from ‘a way of living’ to an enterprise, making it cost-effective, comfortable and profitable .
Direct assoc. with Agri Supplies of farm produce to Input suppliers and Exporters/Processors/ companies like Bharti- Namdhari Fresh/Bharti Wal- Walmart , HAFED for Mart etc (Fresh, Processed, input supplies for Retail Organic) outletsI ON PFC UP TU PT U T PFC-Retail Farm- Farmer-Extension Outlets Procurement Programs Best Best Training/ Retail Price for Education Price Crops
Key advantage:- Farmers must have access to; a). Low-cost farm inputs and household Grocery b). Best Remunerative Price for Farm Produce c). Best Extension Service and Market-Updates We ensure all 3… An organized and well-segmented voice of farming community. Exclusive benefits to members by associated companies. A single-window platform for mass connectivity and an apex organization of progressive farmers.
Commercial Farming in Africa Rising to its real potential, RKS has promoted a group of young farmers from Punjab to initiate agriculture in Ethiopia at large-scale and on commercial pattern. A team of RKS has extensively visited Ethiopia in July-Aug‘10 and got 5,000 hectare of land for starting commercial farming. RKS is facilitating in execution of business plans and forging corporate-farmers tie-ups for Agri- Inputs and marketing of agricultural produce.
Inspiration model RKS Farmer-Company Association Model is a replica of world-class model in India similar to :- National Farmers Union (NFU) UK North Dakota Farmers Organization, USA . National Farmers Federation, USA These are leading farmers organization at global level, making farmers-companies direct tie-ups.
We are ensuring that… We maintain Soil-Health of our mother-land good and sustainable. We are not following a calendar-system for pesticides and fertilizers. We must try to limit the generation of Carbon, Methane and other GHGs by adopting new techniques such as renewal energy through biomass/ biogas or as compost etc. We must encourage use of Bio-Fertilizer by limiting use of chemical fertilizers.
Our OwnRetail-SaleOutletsAgri- Inputs,Fertilizers,Manures,Patricides, Seedsas well astechnical advice
Activities andprograms:-We manage FarmerEvents such as:-FarmerFairs, Exhibitions,Training-Camps,Workshops, Farm FieldSchools etc.In picture, participantsat ‘Seminar on ClimateChange andAgriculture’
CommercialFarming inEthiopiaRKS is materializing 5,000Hect. Farm Land inEthiopia for CommercialFarming.Group of young RKSFarmers with Mr. RamKarturi (MD-Karturi GlobalLtd i.e world’s largestRose Exporter) to haveinsight on commercialfarming in Ethiopia.
YearlyProgressiveFarmers’Meets andAwards-Chandigarh-Farmerscalled from 7 states
Kissan JagritiMuhim-a series ofevents toaware farmersLocation in Pic-Arniwala, Fazilka,Dist FerozpurOct ‘10.
InformalMeetings onongoing issuesRKS membersorganize smallmeetings at villagelevel or block level toaddress their commonproblems.Meet in Ambala City
Farmerrepresentationand interactionwith top leadersand corporatehigher-ups.
Buyer-SellerMeets ofdifferentcropsCotton-Growersmeet at MandiDabwali (Sirsa)
ProgressiveFarmersMeet-2011RKS farmers from 7 statesparticipated in the meet.Regional Coordinator-Puneet Singh Thinddelivering presentation on‘Current status of IndianFarmer’.
Thanks! Puneet Singh Thind 09017151764 Regional Coordinator- Rashtriya Kissan Sangathan (North) ………………………………………………………………………. Head- Business Development (PFC)email@example.com www.rksonline.org