Secretary, Cooperatives Department, Yasha Mudgal said that the government has set a target of establishing 50 Farmers Producer Organisations (PO)s in Jammu and Kashmir in the next 6 months. The women & Tribal population will be given priority in the process, she added.

The Secretary was speaking at a meeting organized by J&K Dairy Producers Processors and Marketing Cooperative Union limited (JKDCUL) to discuss the Sahkar Se Samridhi and Revival of the Cooperative Movement in the JK-UT.

Shafqat Iqbal, Registrar Cooperative Societies and a large number of stakeholders of cooperative movement were present in the meeting.

In her address, Yasha Mudgal said that the motive of organising such seminars is to set in the process of revival of the cooperative movement by creation of Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs) in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with the aim of providing more benefits to farmers. She promised to fast track registrations of new age cooperatives under various activities of cooperatives. She also appreciated NABARD Jammu, KVK (SUKAST) and the Agriculture department for giving detailed account of schemes for promotion of Cooperatives in the Jammu Kashmir UT. She insisted on creation of new Cooperatives for getting benefits of Farmer Produce Organizations (FPOs) through various government agencies.

The Secretary said that the JK-UT has a vast potential in the Cooperative sector for pushing the economic growth of farmers and the government is committed to provide the best market value to the farmers’ produce.

Registrar, Cooperatives, Shafqat Iqbal highlighted various aspects of the schemes of Cooperatives Department and said that the department will focus on simplifying the process of registration of the FPOs. He said that the government has launched various schemes for the development of the Cooperatives Department. He assured solution of all present and past grievances along with support for creation of new FPOs under various cooperative acts. Registration certificate of “Ekta Mushroom Growers Producers Coop ltd” was also presented to promoter farmers by the Secretary and RC cooperatives.

Vikrant Dogra (Secretary, JKDCUL) said that since JKDCUL is empanelled as a cluster based business organization (CBBO) with NABARD and NCDC, it is their endeavor to see maximum farmers joining the FPO movement under various cooperative acts to ensure that maximum people get benefitted from the various centrally sponsored schemes (CSS).

Sonika Rana (Agm, Nabard); Dr. Puneet Choudhary (Head, KVK sukast); Dr. Reen (Jt Dir, Agriculture); Ranjeet Kotwal (Dy, Agri Jammu) and Punika Pandita (Dy Registrar, Samba) along with Adv. Balbir Singh Manhas, Praveen Sharma, Adv. V K Magoo, Bansant Saini, Bharat Bushan (MD, JK Housing Corporation ) , Balbir singh , Gulshan Gupta , Tajindar Singh Wazir, and Ali Mohd Cheechi , Savitri (CEO, KJMPCL) were also present.

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