profitable than individual operation. The farmers in the project area would be mobilized to form PG / CIG / FIG through Service Providers (NGOs). The skill up gradation and exposure of PG /CIG in the respective production and marketing fields is equally important. This would enable such groups to pursue the identified commercial activity in a cost effective and efficient manner. Both the activities of mobilization of farmers into PGs and their skill up- gradation would be carried out by experienced and technically competent SPs (NGOs) in all project districts. The selection of SP (NGO) for formation of CIGs / FIGs / PGs would be done centrally by respective PIU of line department.
16. The number of FIGs / PGs / CIGs estimated to be formed under the project in catchment area of Component B would be: Agriculture Department (including crops and horticulture): 6000 & Animal Husbandry: 700. In addition, the CIG /FIG would be formed in APMC Market or other selected marketing intervention locations and would be linked to Farmer Common Service Centers set up under Component B. These FIGs / PGs / CIGs belonging to Agriculture Department will subsequently undertake appropriate production, post-harvest management and marketing activities. The FIGs / PGs / CIGs promoted under Animal husbandry sector will be linked to Livestock markets and Small Ruminant Markets under Component B.
c) Trainings directly related to market improvement activities proposed under
17. The farmers should be better able to attune their production to changes in demand and to take advantage of new and alterative marketing channels being provided under the project as well as the potential of new production technologies. A range of interventions are planned to strengthen the marketing infrastructure under Component B. Some interventions seek to create alternative marketing channel while others aim of strengthening the existing agri-marketing infrastructure. The farmers linked to these project