FROM SAPLINGS TO SUCCESS
NAFED has been the crucial link between the Indian farmer and the consumer. The one stop solution for converting seeds into finished products, this initiative has altered agrarian India and is now making successful inroads into urban markets
An empowered farmer holds the key to creating a successful and prosperous nation. The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. (NAFED) is one of the most reputed core body organisations, actively engaged in transforming India. It is the apex body mitigating between farmers and the consumer market and plays an essential role in altering the face of agrarian India in the global market. Since its inception in 1958 till today, NAFED has been dedicated to ensuring the welfare of India’s farmers. Consistent effort over the years has today accorded NAFED a global reputation as a promising platform for both the farmers and consumers. 70 per cent of India continues to be rural and agriculture contributes to 30 per cent of our GDP. The main objective of NAFED is to organise, promote and develop agricultural marketing, food processing, scientific storage of agricultural commodities as well as marketing of agricultural machinery, organic/bio-fertiliser and import/ export of agricultural commodities.
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS DURING LAST TWO YEARS:
» Record procurement of pulses and oilseeds on a very large scale and in a transparent manner; » Procurement of pulses amounting `191.11crore during 2015-16 and `4155.38 crore during 2016-17 under Price Stablisation FUND(PSF) scheme; » Procurement of oilseed/pulses amounting `15.89 crore during 201516, `965.31 crore during 2016-17 and `8290.11 crore during 2017-18 under PSS scheme; » Benefitting 5,66,144 farmers during 2016-17 and 11,05,591 during 2017-18 Years; » Record procurement of pulses for country’s buffer stock, resulting in
controlling the prices of pulses and providing relief to the consumers; » Record procurement of groundnut in Gujarat. Presently more than 8 lakh MTS of groundnut has been purchased. In addition, farmers of Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh have also benefitted; » Similarly, record procurement of Moong, Urad and Toor; » NAFED revived its seed business and did a seed business of 30,332 Quintals during the previous year and 66,697 Quintals during current year. In addition, Nafed undertakes the sale of Onion, Garlic and other horticulture commodities on the request of the State Govt. under the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS).
NAFED’S visionary functioning has filled the essential vacuum between the farmer and the market by registering 11 lakh farmers on e-portal and by also linking their respective bank accounts to it as per the Price Stablisation Scheme guidelines (PSS).
The organisation is endeavouring to uplift the condition of India’s farmers and emphasising on creating an enviable market for indigenously produced Indian products.
NAFED provides the best quality of milled pulses to the Paramilitary, Armed Forces, mid-day meal scheme and other state institutions at very reasonable rates as fixed by the Government of India.
“The correct vision and management of NAFED have earned a profit of `106 crores in this financial year, 2017-18. For the upcoming year, with persistent efforts, it is expected to reach a profit of `225 crore,” said MD, Sanjeev Kumar Chadha.
The growing quantity of agricultural waste is becoming a national pollutant. Every year 500 million tonnes of bio-waste is generated giving birth to a situation that demands immediate and serious concern. NAFED has taken a initiative which will convert agricultural waste (stubble) into green fuel. The plan is to setup 500 coal making plants and 50 CNG plants within six months. The CNG will contain 99.9 per cent of pure methane making it more efficient and cheap, says Sanjeev Kumar Chadha, MD, NAFED.
NAFED is a one-stop solution for converting seeds into the final product. Its primary operational area is within India. It has focused its engagement in the marketing of agricultural commodities both for the national and the international market. The prime objective amid the process of converting seeds into usable products is to provide a marketing backbone to the farmers of our country and assist them in fetching reasonable prices for their produce without falling victim to the evils of exploitation.
Broadening its perspective, NAFED has ventured into consumer marketing to create a NAFED Brand that is more readily accessible. The idea is to be able to provide everyday grocery products at affordable rates to the end consumer. In this way, the organisation fulfils the goal of assisting both the producers and the consumers.
The organisation has earned its recognition for supplying quality products, and thereby, consequently, it has become a pioneer in this field. The Consumer Marketing Division of NAFED is supplying an array of items for daily need like pulses, oilseeds, food grains, and sanitary items, among others, through its different retail outlets.
The Famous NAFED CTC tea, which has its own blending unit at Guwahati, Assam, is providing consumers with a wide range of delectable flavours to pick from, such as Green Tea (lemon) (tulsi), Earl Grey, English Breakfast Tea and Masala Tea.