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Cabinet okays leasing of land in Delhi to Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium

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The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal for leasing out 1.61 acres of land located at Alipur in Delhi, owned by Delhi Milk Scheme to Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) for setting up a Kisan Mandi.
 
The lease will be for a period of 30 years (from September 10, 2014, to September 9, 2044), with the lease rent of Rs. 100 per month with an annual increase of 10% per annum from September 10, 2014. The lease rent will be payable in advance for the whole year at the beginning of the calendar year latest by January 31, an official press release said.
 
The Kisan Mandi will provide as an additional marketing channel and platform to Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) and Growers Associations for the direct sale of fruits and vegetables to wholesale and retail buyers in Delhi and the  National Capital Region (NCR) for the benefit of farmers as well as consumers of the country.
 
Only registered FPOs and Grower Associations (GAs) will be allowed to offer fresh produce for sale on this platform, an official press release said.
 
Organisation retailers, wholesalers, hotels and catering institutions, Resident Welfare Association (RWAs) and ordinary consumers can buy from this platform, with no agents or middlemen involved.
 
There will be no commission charged on the transactions in the Kisan Mandi either from sellers or buyers. FPOs will pay a small service charge for the use of facilities such as godowns, cold stores, and so on.
 
Kisan Mandi will also offer direct supply through retail outlets on a franchises model.  A beginning will be made by offering staple products such as potato and onion through selected kiosks of the Delhi Milk Scheme. It will also have provision for online sales and. direct marketing through call centres and so on.
 
SFAC is a registered society set up under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 under the administrative control of Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.  
 
Its mandate is to link farmers to investment, technology and markets. SFAC is mandated by the Ministry of Agriculture to mobilize farmers into groups, called Farmers Producers Organisations (FPOs), and link these institutions to the market for better returns. 
 
SFAC has promoted about 650 FPOs across the country with  membership of over 6.60 lakh farmers up to December 2017. These bodies are member-owned grass root institutions, which provide collective bargaining powers to small and marginal farmers.
 
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