Conference & Buyer Seller
Meet with FPOs of Maharashtra

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The State Level Buyer Seller Meet is an opportunity for Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs) as sellers and potential buyers as counterpart stakeholders to interact in a common platform prior to entering into formal buying selling agreements. This event will enhance levels of interaction and market connectivity of FPOs with: large National and Global retailers and brands; Secondary MSME and large processors within and outside Maharashtra; start-ups in Maharashtra; exporters and bulk buyers.

Maharashtra has largest number of Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) registered and operating within the state. More than 900 FPOs are actively engaged in enhancing value accruals to its member base of over 4 Lakhs farmers. FPOs are engaged in mainly collectively marketing of agri- produce , facilitation of inputs and operating farmer common service centres for primary processing of their produce.

FPOs undertake various business activities like primary processing of commodities through their Farmer’s Common Service Center, Input Supply, Custom Hiring of Farm Equipment and Collective Marketing of agriculture produce.

FPOs are working in Grains & Cereals and Fruits & Vegetables segment based on the area they represent.  Majority of the FPOs in the Grains and Cereals are producing Soybean, Pulses, Jowar, Bajra, Maize Paddy and Wheat while FPOs in the Fruits and Vegetables segments are focussed on crops like Pomegranate, Oranges, Sweet Lime, Mango, Strawberry, Onions, Potato, Tomato etc. FPOs intends to market their agri produce after primary processing activities like cleaning and grading and packaging to various buyers such as Processors, Exporters, Millers etc

FPOs are acting as an alternate market channel for farmers facilitating buyer-seller interaction. Thus enhancing market connectivity of FPOs with: large National and Global Retailers and brands; Secondary MSME and Large Processors within and outside Maharashtra; start-ups in Maharashtra; Exporters and Bulk buyers is utmost important.

State Government of Maharashtra understands the necessity to provide options of market linkages in order to enhance the sustainability of these alternate market channels for the farmers.

Thus to facilitate linkages between the Farmers and Industry, Government of Maharashtra through its Department of Cooperation Marketing and Textiles is organising a  State Level Conference and Buyer Seller Meet who’s dates would be announce shortly .

Buyer Seller Meet will be an opportunity for these FPOs as sellers and potential Industry buyers as counterpart stakeholders to interact in a common platform prior to entering into formal buying selling agreements.

Who Should Attend?

  • Agribusiness and Food Processing Companies having raw material procurement interest in Maharashtra
  • Exporters
  • Dall & Rice Millers ,
  • Solvent Plant Extraction Units
  • Processors
  • Retailers
  • E-commerce Companies in Agribusiness
  • Input Suppliers
  • Industry Associations

Advantage Maharashtra

Production Profile

  • Agro Climatic Zones – 9
  • Area under cultivation – 233 Lakh Hectares ( 76% of total geographical area)
  • Total Agriculture Production in 2014-15
    1. Cereals – 92.67 Lakh MT
    2. Pulses – 16.81 Lakh MT
    3. Oil Seeds – 22.78 Lakh MT
  • Total Horticulture Production in 2014-15
    1. Fruits – 242.7 Lakh MT
    2. Vegetables – 101.6 Lakh MT
  • Leading producer of (Click on the link to see District wise Production)
    1. Jowar
    2. Tur
    3. Soybean
    4. Maize
    5. Pomegranate
    6. Oranges
    7. Sweet Lime
    8. Grapes
    9. Banana
    10. Alphonso Mango
    11. Strawberry
    12. Onion
    13. Tomato
Maharashtra regional strengths are:
  • Konkan region: Paddy, Cashew nut, Mango, Kokum, Chiku.
  • Western Maharashtra & Khandesh Region: Sugarcane, Jowar, Moong, Soybean, grapes and Banana, Pomegranate and Floriculture & high value vegetables
  • Marathwada Region: Cotton, Maize, Oilseeds and Pulses
  • Vidarbha region: Organic Cotton and Mandarin, Mandarin orange, Pulses and Paddy
Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure
  • APMC- 300
  • Maharashtra State Warehousing Corporation – 800 Godowns with aggregated capacity of 15.73 Lakh MT capacity.
  • Private Markets- 37
  • 20 Export Facility Centres set up by Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board
  • Commodity specific export centres with facilities like pre cooling chambers, cold storages, pack house etc.
  • State of art Vapour Heat Treatment Facility (VHT) at Navi Mumbai to control problem of fruit fly and also established irradiation facility centre at Navi Mumbai
  • Commodity specific cooperatives like MAHAGRAPES, MAHAMANGO, MAHAANAR, MAHAORANGE, and MAHABANANA to boost export.
  • Network of more than 900 Farmers Producer Companies with 4 lakh farmers base and 10 lakh acres area for backward linkages.

Agri. Marketing Reforms in Maharashtra

Impact of Reforms on Agricultural Marketing

  • According to the ‘Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index’, and as per NITI Aayog’s calculation, Maharashtra tops the list with a score of 81.7.
Sr No Name License issued/ Markets permitted Nos Total business in in 2015-16
1 Direct Marketing Licenses 264 Rs. 1324 Cr
5 Private Markets 37 Rs. 1794 Cr
3 Contract Farming: Area brought under Contract Farming is around 40,000 Ha
4 Farmers Markets 30 Approx 50 Lakh/per market day

What are Farmers Producer Companies?

  • Farmers Producer companies or Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs) came into existence with the amendment of Section 581 of the Companies Act, 1956, in 2003.
  • A Farmers producer company operates under the regulatory framework that applies to companies, which is distinctly different from that of the cooperatives, which was seen as arbitrary and corrupt.
  • A Farmers producer company can be registered under the provisions of part IX-A, chapter one of the Companies Act, 1956.
  • The objective of the said company can be production, harvesting, procurement, grading, pooling, handling, marketing, selling, and export of primary produce of the members or import of goods or services for their benefit.
  • Its membership can be 10 or more individual producers, or two or more producer institutions or a combination of both. It retains the one member-one vote principle irrespective of shares or patronage, except during the first year when it can be based on shares.
  • Like traditional cooperatives, it provides a limited return on capital but can give bonus or bonus shares based on patronage.

Comparison between Cooperative Society and Farmers Producer Company

Parameters Cooperative Society Farmers Producer Company
Registration Co-operative Societies Act. Indian Companies Act
Membership Individuals and Cooperatives Any individual, group, association. Producer of the goods or services
Share Non-tradable Not tradable but transferable (limited to members on par value)
Profit Sharing Limited Dividends on Shares Commensurate with volume of Business
Voting Rights and Govt. Control Government nominated office bearers BoDs elected from amongst shareholders "Minimal Govt. Interferences"

Benefits for Industry and Farmers:

For Industry

  • Convenient Aggregation of produce
  • Costs savings on primary processing
  • Savings in transportation and Mandi charges
  • Traceability and sourcing information facilitating conformance and export marketing
  • Sustainable and captive cultivation practices
  • Market for input marketing (seeds, fertilizers, equipment etc.)

For Farmers

  • Collective buying of Agri. inputs- seeds, fertilizers and pesticides at discounted price/rate
  • Farm implement bank (custom hiring) at reduced costs.
  • Joint seed production activity reducing seed procurement cost and ensuring uniform variety for volume marketing and quality seeds.
  • Common infrastructure for primary/secondary processing at farm level e.g. gravity separator, cleaning/grading unit, pick-ups/trucks, farm implements and mechanization options, packaging equipment.
  • Access to markets: Collective sales directly to processors, marketers.
  • Leading to even doubling net farmers’ income.

FPOs in Maharashtra

    • Largest number of Farmers Producers Company (more than 900) with 4 lakh farmers joined their hands in Maharashtra.
    • 300+ shareholders in each producers company covering 900 to 1000 acreage with similar cropping pattern.
    • These FPOs are being promoted by
Sr. No. Agency / Project Nos
1 Maharashtra Agricultural Competitiveness Project (MACP) 400
2 Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) 71
4 Agribusiness Infrastructure Development Investment Program (AIDIP) 18
5 Convergence of Agriculture Interventions in Maharashtra (CAIM) 12
6 Self-promoted 324
  • FPOs are engaged in diversified cropping pattern and produce pulses, grains, high value vegetables and fruits-
    1. Pulses
    2. Soybean
    3. Millets and Maize
    4. Wheat and Paddy
    5. Fruits Like Mango, Strawberry, Promogrenade, Orange, Sweet Lime and Bannana. Vegetables Like Onion, Potato, Lady finger and Tomato.
    6. Spices Like Turmeric, Chillies and Ginger
  • FPOs are operating Farmers common service centres (FCSC).
  • FCSCs are established for primary processing of agri produce.
  • There are more than 500 FPOs working cereals, grains and 250 FPOs are working in fruits and vegetables. 72 FPOs have started their input shops.
  • Each centre has primary processing unit like gravity separators, de-stoners, packaging machineries, moisture meters, electronic weighing machines, grading tables, washing tanks etc.
  • Many of such common facility infrastructure are erected and some are in final stage of erection.
  • Many FPOs have procured input licenses, Direct Marketing Licenses.
  • State Government through various programs have trained these FPOs on market led production, legal compliance, vendor registration requirements of various input players and processors.
  • Some the FPOs are successfully running input service centres, doing contract farming with large companies like ADM, Tata Rallis, UPL and Mahindra Agribusiness.


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