Yuva Mitra works closely with farmers for restoring Diversion based irrigation on Devnadi. This closeness has helped Yuva Mitra to deeply understand the problems faced by farmers in this region. Problems can be summarized into unavailability of agricultural credit, the inadequate and untimely supply of agri-inputs, poor quality of agri-inputs, lack of scientific and technological know-how regarding different agricultural practices and lack of remunerative prices for agricultural produce. To solve these issues Yuva Mitra has promoted 14 FPCs in the core working areas of projects in Sinnar and one in Kiratpur Sahib, Punjab with following objectives:
- Establishing direct Linkages between Consumer & Farmer.
- Establishing assured market & price for the crop by adopting multiple marketing channels.
- Increasing Productivity & Production of farmers through quality and balanced use of inputs.
- Bring about changes in the conventional farming techniques & upgrade to new innovative methods for optimum utilization of resources so as to bridge the “Demand-Supply” gap.
Yuva Mitra has been working for last 7 years in a more focused manner in the field of promoting and developing Farmers’ Producer Companies (FPO/FPC) by creating awareness, sharing experiences, organizing exposure visits to working Producer Organizations (PO’s) and providing training and technical support to their members and staff at our Training facility at Sinnar, Nashik. In view of this vast experience and expertise gained over the years, Yuva Mitra has been selected to act as a resource support agency (RSA) by NABARD for promoting and developing FPOs in Maharashtra. As a part of this engagement, we are closely involved in the working of 17 organizations as promoting institutions and 130 FPOs formed in Maharashtra.