Background information of the Company:
When we hear word “company” we think about big companies like TATA, Reliance etc. but here farmers have made their own company and entered in corporate field. Shikshan Ane Samaj Kalyan Kendra tried from 2000-2001 to form federation of Farmer’s organisation in Khambha block of Amreli district. After five years meetings with representatives of various Mandals we got consent to form a federation named AVIRAT. In the year 2006 – 07 AVIRAT AGRO PRODUCER COMPANY LIMITED came into existence which has 15 directors. Every year General meeting is organised and member take decision for current years’ work and next year’s planning. Every three month Board of Director meets. Avirat Agro Producer Company Limited is registered under Company Registration Act 1956 (No.1 of 1956) Amendment act 2002 with Registration No. U0140GJ2006PLC048635 dated 6/7/2006. Company has PAN No. TIN no. and license for selling of pesticides and seeds.
Shikshan and Samaj Kalyan Kendra (SSKK), had been working in Amreli district since 1980. In 1997, the agency started working on natural resource management and development in around 16 villages around the small block headquarters at Khambha. It had taken up the work of watershed as a Project Implementing Agency (PIA) and as mandated, it had established several village level watershed associations and institutions in these villages. The work of watershed got completed during 2004-05. The watershed committees that oversaw the work had some resources left in their accounts, which came as people’s contribution. The members of these committees now felt that the time had come either to call it a day or take on some other activities that would help the farmers retain interest in the institutions. It was at this juncture that they held a meeting of the office bearers of the 16 watersheds and discussed the scope of work that they would take up to help their member farmers gain from the resources that they had been able to develop ever since the watershed work had been initiated. They also realised that watershed work had upgraded the water resources and reduced the incidence of soil erosion. They now required investments in the land and in agricultural operation to take benefit of this.
Search for a new institutional design: The meeting of the office bearers of the 16 watershed committees was held There it was discussed that since the soil and water conservation work was now over, they could focus on issues like reducing cost of production but at the same time increasing productivity, developing linkages with the market so as to get a better price for their produce, learning about new methods of agriculture, reducing the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers and working as a group to impress on the local administration the need for regular supply of power. The group realised that the current form of the institutions, without a legal entity, would not help them to carry out the aforementioned tasks and hence a collective was necessary. They decided to establish a federated association and named it AVIRAT (Amreli Vistar Rachnatmak Tantra). They also decided to register this association under the existing Society Registration Act. They decided on its objective and prepared its articles of association and memorandum. It was also agreed that there would be one share per member, i.e. one member from each of the 16 associations of watershed. They also selected the president and secretary from each of the member watershed associations and formed a committee of the newly formed federated association. The committee included the President, Vice president, Secretary, Joint secretary, Treasurer and another 11 members from among the 16 member PIAs. It was decided that the association would obtain grants, contribution from the membership, and obtain support from the government and non-governmental agencies to carry out the mandate decided for the association. As a first step, it was decided to collect INR 100 as the annual membership fees and INR 500 for life time membership. All the farmers from the 16 PIAs could subscribe to the shares and become members at their level and, thereafter, the amount would be deposited in the account of the federated association as shares from the member village institutions and thus AVIRAT Agro Producer Company Limited come to existence.
(b) Vision: To establish thriving agricultural practitioner community.
- Working for undertake activities like production of primary products, distribution, grading, business/selling of product and export or import commodity/goods or services for benefits of members.
- To do conversion process for maintenance of products, drying and packing.
- To do production, selling business or provide stock of consumption machinery and tools.
- Provide education on theory of interpersonal support to members and other.
- Provide services for training/researches and development, technical and advisory services and undertake other activities to promote good relation.
- Production of energy for primary products, distribution, reestablishment and use of tools of land and water, preservation, storage and dialogue.
- To cover producers and primary products under insurance.
- To promote and encourage technique of interaction and mutual support.
Geographical description – physical topography of the project areaWe are working in the western part of Gujarat that is called Saurashtra and is composed of 8 districts and Amreli is one of the most backward districts in this region. The population of Amreli is 12,52,589 according to the 1991 census. The people in this area are educationally and economically backward and lack basic amenities of life. Avirat Agro Producer Company Limited is company of farmer so it always think about farmers and thus we have been involved in executing development activities for farmers and farming from last 6 years in this region. Our head quarter is in Khambha which is a block of Amreli district. From Khambha, the district head quarter is 60 kms from Ahemedabad, the commercial capital Khambha is 320 Kms. The nearest Aerodrome is at 170 kms and the railway station is in 100 Kms. State Transport bus or a private vehicle is the only means to reach the area.
- Organic Farming
- Agro Centre
- Training and Education
- Risk of Farming