GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Agriculture
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & COOPERATION
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 952
ANSWERED ON DECEMBER 13, 2013
Risk of Land Grabbing by Farm Producer Companies (FPCs)
952. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of AGRICULTURE be pleased to state:
(a) the primary function of Farm Producer Companies (FPCs) that Government has advanced as a means of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in agriculture;
(b) the conditions for farmers to join a FPC;
(c) whether several small and marginal farmers are being forced to join FPCs and are at risk of land grabbing by large corporates;
(d) if so, whether there is any recourse available to such farmers who are coerced into joining FPCs;
(e) if so, details thereof; and
(f) other steps Government has taken or proposes to take to safeguard the interests of small and marginal fanners in advancing PPPs in agriculture?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
AND FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES
(SHRI TARIQ ANWAR)
(a) & (b): Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs) is a key feature of Public Private Partnership for Integrated Agricultural Development (PPPIAD) promoted under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) to support development projects across the entire spectrum of agriculture and allied sectors by ensuring forward and backward integration for farmers.
The primary function of these FPCs is to integrate farmers into producer organizations to enable them to achieve economies of scale and scope. All farmers who are primary producers, including tenant farmers are eligible to become members of FPCs.
(c) to (f): Does not arise