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Evaluation of Performance of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) in Medak District of Telangana State

Amitha, C.D., Savitha. B , Sudha Rani. V and Laxminarayana, P

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Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) are emerging as a structure, which is indispensable in the development arena of agriculture and rural development programmes. In this article attempt has been made to study the performance of FPOs and an effort was made to compare the performance of three selected FPOs promoted by three different promoting agencies on identified performance indicators. Three FPOs were selected randomly from 3 different promoting institutes working in the Medak district. Suraksha Farmers Producer Company Ltd (SFPCL) promoted by independent research organization Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), Marpalli Kisan Kranthi Producer Company Ltd (MKKPCL) promoted by Vrutti NGO and Siddipet Kisan Agro Farmers Producer Company Ltd (SKAFPCL) promoted by International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT). The ex-post facto research design was adopted for the study with a sample of 90 producer members, covering three FPOs in erstwhile Medak district of Telangana state. From the analysis, it was found that among the three selected FPOs, SFPCL was rated as average whereas, MKKPCL as poor performing FPO and SKAFPCL as good performing FPO. This can be attributed to the institutional support received by the FPOs from their POPIs. Overall, the performance of FPOs was average to poor. This was due to insufficient knowledge on the business concept of FPOs among farmers and their inability to generate capital to do activities and provide service to their members.

Keyword: Farmers producer organizations (FPOs); Performance; Indicators; Comparison

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