Vidarbha Agricultural & Allied Producer Company Limited (VAAPCO) is an umbrella organization of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO) from 11 districts in Vidarbha.
Maharashtra is in the forefront of FPO movement. FPOs have been formed under various programmes of Government of India, NABARD; Government of Maharashtra and by farmer groups on their own. Most of these organizations are at different stages of their life cycle and attempting sustainability. VAAPCO’s efforts are to collaborate with national and international institutions of repute, government agencies to provide support to member FPOs through qualified and experienced resources to create individual and collective infrastructural facilities for member organizations to create forward and backward linkages in achieving sustainability and prosperity.
FPO as defined in policy document of Government of India is Collectivization of producers, especially small and marginal farmers to address the many challenges of agriculture but most importantly:
Improved Access to Investments
Inputs and Markets
The national policy for the promotion of Farmer Producer Organizations has stated vision to build a prosperous and sustainable agriculture sector by promoting and supporting member-owned producer Organisations, that enable farmers to enhance productivity through efficient, cost effective and sustainable resource use and realize higher returns for their produce, through collective action supported by the government, and fruitful collaboration with academia, research agencies, civil society and the private sector.
The VAAPCO has been established with mission to:
To make member Farmer Producer Organizaitions (FPOs) economically viable, democratic, and self-governing
To provide support to member FPOs through qualified and experienced resources
To mobilize the required assistance and resources – policy action, inputs, technical knowledge, financial resources, and infrastructure – to strengthen member FPOs
To remove hurdles in enabling farmers’ access the markets directly or through member FPOs, both as buyers and seller
To create an enabling policy environment for investments in FPOs to leverage their collective production and marketing power