Agriculture is the main livelihood for most of the people in Tamil Nadu. To strengthen this livelihood practice the concept called Farmer Producer Company have emerged through which we support the Farmers in doing farming right from the initial stage to the end of Marketing.
SEEDS have joint hands with NABARD in the year of 2014, initiated its first FPC at Mallankianru, Virudhunagar District. At present SEEDS is becoming one of the key players at the national level FPO domain. Currently SEEDS supporting 81 FPOS across Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Odisha.
SEEDS has received many awards and recognition from various stakeholders in the areas of FPOs promotion and management. SEEDS has been awarded best FPO promoting institution in the country from ACCESS Development Services, ET & Samunnati and NABARD in the last 3 years.
The first and foremost step role of FPO is mobilization of farmers and make them to join as the stake holders in the company. Through various village level meetings we give the conceptual clarity for the farmers about the concept of FPCs and the make them as the Stakeholders. From them the key farmers were chosen to frame the board.
SEEDS RI were equipping its BODs and CEOs through Capacity building training programs. Where they train them on the ROC filling, Management, Documentation and Business Planning for the effective functioning of the company.
SEEDS RI has good name among other RI and Government officials because of its effective functioning in running every FPOs successfully. Hence many other FPOs were also visiting SEEDS RI for the Training Programs.
SEEDS were closely work with 55,000+ farmers who are mostly (70%) small and Marginal Farmers. This mobilization process were taken care by the Central Executive Officer of the Company. CEO were given the strong knowledge on the field and FPO process through the Capacity Building Trainings.
As a Resource Institution SEEDS conduct Capacity Building Trainings, Training on Marketing, Business Plan Meet and Exposure Visits for BODs, CEOs and Shareholders of SEEDS promoted FPOs as well RI conduct trainings for members of other FPOs. We used to equip the members in ROC filling, Auditing, Book of Records, Preparing Business Plan and Field Knowledge. For Business plan preparation we have a special tool called PALM (Participatory Learning Meet). In the last financial Year 34 capacity Building Trainings for the BODs and CEOs. 64 training program for the shareholders and 101 Business plan meet were conducted.
SEEDS support its shareholders through the Credit Linkage and Marketing Linkages. SEEDS with the support of Samunnati, Avanti and Annanya (Non-Banking Financial Companies), NABKISSAN, Syndicate Bank, IOB and Union Bank they support the shareholders in Credit. For marketing they have a tie up with Safe Harvest and some of their FPOs have their own shop where they market the produces of their shareholders.
In all our FPOs we are ensuring the Social Security for our shareholder by taking Insurance especially Life and Crop insurance for all and providing the additional livelihoods support for them by establishing the Input centers, Value Addition Centers etc.