Union Ministry of Cooperation has taken a major initiative for the upliftment of farmers. Under which now 50 percent of the export profit will go directly to the bank account of the farmers. This dream will be realized through National Cooperative Exports Limited (NCEL-National Cooperative Exports Limited). Which officially started on Monday. Launching it at a function in New Delhi, Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah said that there is still a lot of exports, but farmers are not reaping the benefits. We want to pave the way for farmers to progress through exports. Now is the time to share the profits of exports with the farmers.
Shah said NCEL was launched after a lot of thought. It scored six goals. Among which the biggest goal is to increase the export of agriculture and the prosperity of farmers. Whatever profit this company makes from exports, 50 percent of it will go directly to the accounts of farmers who sell crops for export. Today the farmer gets nothing from his wheat, rice or whatever is exported. Where the production is done by the farmer and the profit is earned by someone else. NCELO will become a big company like Amul and IFFCO and farmers will benefit.
How to get profit
The Cooperatives Minister said that crops will be purchased from farmers at MSP. It will be paid to him immediately. After this, the farmers will get 50 percent of the profit they earn from exports by deducting the MSP money from this cooperative. The farmer will get money according to the quantity of kg sold. This work will be done after preparing the balance sheet for 6 months.
Aim to change the crop pattern
Shah said the company’s third major objective is to change cropping patterns. Now our farmers produce what they want to produce. But now time has changed. We want our farmers to benefit more if they produce products that the world needs.
Another aim of this company is to move towards natural farming. More than 12 lakh farmers of the country have registered for it. We have set a target of converting nearly two crore farmers to natural and organic farming by 2027. But if their products are not certified and there is no market, the organic farming farmers will not get any benefit. We have set a target that the export price of organic products will be one and a half times the current price. This will directly benefit the farmers. Our organic products will be branded as India Organic.
Strength of rural and agricultural sector
Four biofuel crops are grown in India. If a farmer grows even a biofuel crop then not only will our country’s needs be met, we will be able to export it as well. The contribution of agriculture and rural sector to the country’s GDP is about 15 percent and the population is 60 percent. In this situation, no country can strengthen its economy by ignoring 60 percent of the population. So we embarked on a path to strengthen rural areas and agriculture through collaboration.
Received orders worth Rs. 7000 crores
NCEL will act as a link between farmers and global markets. 1500 cooperative institutions of the country have become its members. In coming days every tehsil should join it and become the voice of farmers. These are our thoughts. With the launch of NCEL’s logo and website, the organization is officially launched on Ram Navami. So far we have received orders worth Rs.7000 crore. Where 15000 crores are being discussed. We have already set export targets for rice, sugar, wheat, cumin, isabgul and ginger but will not disclose the target.
Exports will change the lives of farmers
The Cooperatives Minister said that the share of cooperative sector in fertilizer and sugar production is 30 percent each and 19 percent in milk production. But the share in exports is insignificant. Therefore, there is immense potential for the development of farmers through this company. However, farmers also need to change their mindset to take advantage of this. Export quality should be produced. We will train the farmers for this. If they start getting 50 percent of the profit from exports, a culture of producing exportable products will develop.
Farmers will get training
Shah said, “I would be concerned that the officials of these companies should not only keep profit in mind, but the real focus should be on the benefit of the farmers.” Narrating his failure and success story in cumin export, he said farmers will be trained on how to produce exportable agricultural products. Farmers have to change their farming pattern to participate in exports. Only then can we succeed. Therefore, this organization will deal with all aspects like purchasing, storage, processing, marketing, branding, labeling, packaging, certification and research and development.
Ministry of Commerce will help
This company will also work to connect with the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy for market communication. Epeda and DGFT are cooperating in this. To ensure production as per market demand, FPO and PACS will be integrated into a design. Our aim is to increase exports and provide benefits to farmers. There was no research between the world market and farmers. which this company will complete.
A mantra of self-reliance in pulse production
Shah said that we have tasked NAFED and NCCF to make India self-reliant in pulse production. If the country needs pulses, how can we be self-sufficient, these two cooperatives will work on. Both of them will register pulse growers. will guide them. If this experiment is successful, we will try it in other crops. On this occasion, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal assured the organization of full support from his ministry.