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The Directorate of Extension SKUAST-K in collaboration with National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) conducted one day’s training cum workshop on “Sensitization of Extension Functionaries for promotion of Farmer producer organizations (FPO’s)” on 25th July, 2019. The programme was chaired by Director Extension SKUAST-K Prof Mushtaq Ahmad and attended by Qamar Javaid DGM, NABARD, Associate Directors, Chief / District level Officers of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, HPMC, Sheep Husbandry, Scientists of Directorate of Extension, and heads of various KVKs of Kashmir.

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The training cum workshop was organized to create awareness regarding the promotion of FPO’s. While inaugurating the programme, the chairman deliberated on the importance of Farmer-Producer-Organizations and their role in the present agricultural scenario in Kashmir & Ladakh.

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Qamar Javaid DGM, NABARD Srinagar gave an outline of the formation of FPOs, role of producer organization promotion institutes (POPIs) and also the support available through NABARD. An elaborate presentation was made by Mr. Junaid Hakeem DDM, NABARD Srinagar to sensitize the participants about need for FPO formation and its procedures and legalities.

The doubts of the participants were clarified through presentation of various case studies and also through and interactive session. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks to the chair, NABARD and the participating officers & Scientists.  

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