In addition to providing cash assistance to farmers under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, the government provided capital grants to encourage agricultural producer organizations (OPAs). Haridwar, an FPO-Jivamrit organic agricultural production company based in Uttarakhand, is one such example.
On the occasion of the Happy New Year 2022, a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and officials of the Uttarakhand-based FPO-Jivamrit Organic Farmer Producer Company, Haridwar was organized under the leadership of Prime Minister Kisan Yojana as this FPO -Jivamrit was selected in the state of Uttarakhand because of its outstanding work in natural / organic farming. The excerpt from the conversation between the PM and FPO-Jivamrit is below.
Congratulating the company FPO-Jivamrit Organic Farmer Producer based in Uttarakhand, Haridwar for their outstanding local work in natural agriculture, the The Prime Minister asked Jasveer Singh, one of the directors of the FPO-Jivamrit Organic Farmer Producer Company, why did they choose organic farming? And what types of agriculture does the OPS practice, how is it produced, and whether it is certified by credible agencies? What is the OPS organic sales strategy? How do they ensure the consumption of bio-fertilizers for their organic farming?
Concluding the meeting, the Prime Minister noted that the government has done its best to promote natural / organic agriculture over the past seven years. This form of agriculture reduces the cost of agriculture; increases their production and soil fertility. We are getting rid of pesticides and their harmful effects. The Prime Minister also asked Jasveer Singh to share his FPO experience with farmers across the country.
Answer the PM’s question, Jasveer Singh, Director, FPO-Jivamrit Organic Farmer Producer Company, noted, “When we started organic farming, we stopped using chemical fertilizers and started making Jivamrit biofertilizer at home and using it in the fields, and we observed that the soil fertility had greatly improved. increases. ”
Speaking about the farming process, Singh said: “The cultivation of sugar cane is the predominant crop in our region, so we produce organic jaggery, organic jaggery powder, organic khandsari sugar, natural honey and organic mustard oil. Farmers who are members of our FPO sell their produce to the FPO’s processing unit. Our FPO was developed by (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) NABARD and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) – who provide us with monetary assistance.
And our organic products are also certified by the Uttarakhand State Organic Certification Agency (USOCA) and Onecert International. ” Explaining the product sales strategy, he said, “Initially, we started with 10 farmers, so our products were consumed locally and were not getting the right price for the products. But after we registered under company law, our FPO has 500 farmers and now we get good prices for our organic products.
All of our FPOs (Farmers’ Organizations) keep cows, so there is an abundance of cow dung, and we train them to make bio-fertilizers at home and use them in their agriculture. Speaking on helping farmers get the fair price for their produce, Mukesh Singh, Co-Founder and Director, Jivamrit Agro Organic Foods – an exclusive technical and business outreach arm of FPO-Jivamrit noted, “It is very difficult for farmers to get the right price for their products.
Therefore, to help the farmers to get the fair / reasonable price for their products, we have created a group in which around 1000 farmers have joined its members and we will expand the number of its members to 50,000 in the next 2 years. We strive to help grassroots farmers and achieve gradual success in our efforts.
Deliberating on the bio-fertilizer that Jivamrit produces and uses in organic farming, Vijaypal Singh, President, Jivamrit Organic Farmer Producer Company, Haridwar, former Indian Air Force employee said “Chemical fertilizers are very harmful to human health as well as the environment because they are made of chemicals, while bio-fertilizers are made from natural extracts that respect the environment.
Our bio-fertilizer contains cow dung, cow urine, water, gud and besan to develop the microorganism in the soil. It helps to increase soil fertility and maintain the carbon cycle in the environment. The company is USOCA, FSSAI, OneCert certified for the cultivation and processing of organic products.