Innovative Training Programme on Contract Farming and Linkages of Farmer Producer Organizations / Companies (FPOs / FPCs) to Market organized by ICAR – CIFRI in collaboration with CCS NIAM from 28 November to 1 December 2019
ICAR – Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI), Barrackpore, Kolkata, successfully conducted an innovative four days’ Training Programme on Contract Farming and Linkages of Farmers in FPOs / FPCs to Market sponsored by CCS National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (CCS NIAM), Jaipur from 28 November to 1 December 2019. The Training was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri Subrata Mandal, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Kolkata on 28 November 2019. Shri Mandal had an inclusive interaction with all the trainees in the inaugural session with regard to improving their efforts in effective marketing of their produce and sensitized them about contract farming and to establish active linkage with ICAR – CIFRI and NABARD for holistic development of the culture-based fisheries management system in their FPOs and FPCs. The Training Programme was organized for 39 trainees (36 men and 3 women) who are members of various FPOs / FPCs involved in different capacities in culture-based fisheries activities in inland open waters along with integrated farming systems in the districts Nadia, Purba Medinipur, Burdwan and Murshidabad of West Bengal. In the purview of contract farming in fisheries sector in inland open waters, the training programme was aimed to integrate fishers with bulk purchasers including exporters, industries in fisheries and allied sectors, traders and entrepreneurs for better price realization through mitigation of market and price risk. The Training Programme is in tandem with the fact that the Model Contract Act 2018 of the Government of India encourages fishers engaged in culture-based fisheries to have a better understanding of contract farming so that effective market linkages can be established. There were deliberations on efficient supply chain management in fisheries, contract farming models involving different agencies, experiences of contract farming in India, prospects of fisheries sector in e-NAM and e-trading, group exercises, field visit and others during the entire tenure of the Training Programme. The Trainees expressed their active involvement in the course of the Training and curiosity to seek knowledge about the best management strategies in fisheries marketing through structured discussion of the present status, opportunities, and issues in each of their FPOs / FPCs in the fisheries activities that they undertake. The Course Director of the Training Programme was Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR – CIFRI, and the Training was co-ordinated by Dr. Piyashi DebRoy, Mr. Lohith Kumar and Dr. Arun Pandit.