DFPCL, Samunnati partnership to benefit farmers through FPOs

DFPCL, Samunnati partnership to benefit farmers through FPOs
The tie-up is expected to empower over 70,000 farmers through 150 farmer producer organisations across five states in the next three years

Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation (DFPCL), one of India’s leading producers of fertilisers and industrial chemicals today announced its tie-up with Samunnati, a specialised Agri Value Chain enabler that offers customised financial, co-financial and non-financial solutions to stakeholders across the agri value chain, to set right the anomalies in the farming landscape and create positive impact in lives of farmers associated with the farmer producer organisations (FPOs).

With this tie-up, DFPCL will offer crop based advisory to help the thousands of farmers under FPOs, across five states — Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat — to improve yields, quality and earnings. At the same time, the tie-up will also facilitate access to farm credit at affordable rates – thereby empowering the farmers to improve their scale and modernise the process. As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the FPOs will be able to access crop based advisory and agri-inputs through DFPCL along with the customised finance options through Samunnati.

Highlighting the partnership, Mahesh Girdhar, President – Crop Nutrition Business, Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation said, “This collaboration is another step fortifying our commitment to revolutionise India’s agriculture sector – by empowering the farmers. Armed with the required information and scientific knowledge of crop nutrition, DFPCL will guide the FPOs and associated farmers under the Samunnati umbrella for a better yield and with a mission to transform their lives for the better.”

DFPCL, through its 100 percent owned subsidiary Smartchem Technologies (STL), is already working with FPOs associated with Samunnati and has appointed some of them as dealers.

FPOs are fast emerging as a solution to many problems faced by individual farmers. With 250 to 1000 farmer members, FPOs give an aggregated strength to the group of farmers to undertake cluster-based crop planning approach to credit, have access to right priced quality inputs, professional farm advisory services and access to right markets for getting right price for their produce. “We have been working with 500 FPOs across 19 states in India with a mission to make markets work for smallholder farmers. We believe, this partnership will enable FPOs and their farmer members have access to timely inputs and capacity building/advisory services; ultimately creating better incomes and livelihood”, said Anil Kumar SG, Founder and CEO, Samunnati.

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