Manjinder Singh, Devinder Tiwari and Gurmeet Singh Dhillon
Farmers’ collectives are considered to be the milestone in improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the farming in the country. A number of such initiatives have been taken in the form of farmers’ cooperatives, Self- Help Groups, Farmers’ Clubs and Public-Private Partnership etc. to achieve the economies of scale. In recent past to overcome the certain constraints and to give more freedom to farmers’ collectives Govt. of India launches the concept of Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs). States like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala etc. performed well in the concept while like many other States, Punjab State has a total of 74 registered FPOs from which many were dis-functional. So, the demand of scenario is to check what kind of attitude the members of FPOs in Punjab possess towards the concept. The present paper is an attempt to find out the attitude level of the members of functional as well as non-functional FPOs in Punjab. Data regarding the study were collected through structured interview administered on 75 members of five functional and 75 members of five non-functional FPOs. From the study it is found that nearly 83 per cent respondents from functional and 39 per cent respondents from nonfunctional FPOs had favorable attitude towards FPOs. From this it can be conclude that the unfavorable attitude of most of the respondents of non-functional FPOs is probably due to lack of trust, cooperation and conflict management among the members thus the efforts are required to convert the covert attitude into overt behavior so as to harness the potentials of the FPOs in the State.
Keyword: Farmers’ cooperatives; Farmers’ Clubs; Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs); Self-Help groups;