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Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS), being a registered cooperative society, has been providing credit and other services to its members. It has been observed that PACS are generally meeting the credit requirements of its members. However, there is a need to provide other services to the farmers and hence, PACS should be developed as a unit to meet all their needs. PACS are generally providing the following facilities to the members:
PACS can play an important role in providing these facilities to the farmers. In order to enable PACS to provide more services to its members and generate income, an initiative was taken to develop PACS as multi service centres. Some of the PACS are also assisting farmers in marketing of their produce. Thus, PACS can provide both backward and forward linkages to its members, thereby acting as a PO, in order to promote efficient crop production practices for its members on one hand and opportunities for better price realisation of their produce, on the other. Following facilities can be taken up by PACS acting as a PO to the farmers:
a) Agro-Storage centre:
Upgradation of the existing storage facility or construction of new godown along with sorting/ grading unit as per Negotiable Warehouse Receipt System.
This will enable them to issue warehouse receipts. Based on these receipts, the farmers can get loan against the crop stored and can cultivate the next crop.
Thus, the farmers will be facilitated to get better price by holding the crops without affecting the fund flow position.
b) Agro-service Centre:
Purchase of hi-tech agri-implements like power tiller, land leveller, rotary slasher, movers, seed driller, multi crop planter, paddy transplanter, sprayers, combine harvester etc. depending upon the requirements of members. The earning will be from the rental of these equipment.
c) Agro-processing centre:
a. Primary Processing: Sorting, grading unit, waxing/ polishing unit, pre-cooling
b. Secondary Processing: Value addition to produce e.g. Mini rice mill, atta chaki,
horticulture produce processing etc.
d) Agri -information centre :
a. Testing lab for soil & water, creating panel of experts for providing services on payment basis, knowledge dissemination centre, arrange training to farmers. The testing lab & expert guidance will be available to farmers at a cost.
e) Agri Transportation & Marketing Facilities :
a. Procurement of produce, direct market linkage after aggregation and/ or processing, setting up of rural mart etc. The PACS, which are either in the area of marketing or intend to undertake this activity, may create this channel to facilitate the farmers in marketing.
Legal provisions for registering a PO be as a Cooperative Society
Producer Organisations can also be formed and registered as a Cooperative Society under the following Acts:
Who can form a society?
Statement of Objects for Cooperative Societies
However, such societies do exist and are working in several States. Unlimited society can distribute profits with the permission of State Government
Rights and liabilities of members