Shimla: Himachal Pradesh’s first 100 percent natural farming Farmers Producers Company (FPC) was launched at Nerwa during an event on natural farming.
“The initiative will not only give a platform for natural farmers for selling their products but will also increase the collective bargaining power of the farmers, ” said Professor Rajeshwar Chandel, Vice-Chancellor of Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry(UHF), Nauni.
He said it will help the natural farming produce to reach bigger markets and attract traders from different areas.
Professor Chandel assured the FPC of technical support from the university for the food processing of different fruits and vegetables. He informed that the university is helping the company to process their lower grades of natural apple produce into juices. This facility is being extended by the university till the time the FPC sets up its own processing centre.
He said as the company has both small and marginal farmers from different areas as its members and thus getting good pre- and post-harvest benefits for its members, just like the big farmers will be the main priority.
The officers and staff of the Agriculture and Horticulture departments along with 300 natural farmers from Chopal, Nerwa and Kupwi blocks attended the event.