Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Limited(IFFDC)
IFFCO had promoted a separate Multi-State Cooperative Society named 'Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Limited' (IFFDC) in 1993 with the prime objective of development of wasteland for tree plantation and to enhance the socio-economic status of rural poor through sustainable Natural Resource Management by collective action.
To achieve this, IFFDC initially implemented afforestation and rural development projects in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan with an objective to improve degraded land, generate employment and provide fuel and fodder to the community. Afforestation in about 29,420 hectare wasteland has been achieved by promoting 152 villages level Primary Farm Forestry Cooperative Societies (PFFCS). These PFFCS cover about 19,331 members, out of which, about 38
per cent are landless and 51 per cent are small/marginal farmers. These PFFCS have 32% women members. The area of operation of IFFDC is in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Karnataka, West Bengal, Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh implementing various projects worth more than Rs. 18.10 crore.
Presently, IFFDC is implementing over 28 projects on livelihood and Natural Resources Management in about 9,495 villages across 9 States and Watershed Projects on 16,974 ha area. IFFDC has developed 8,515 Wadis (families) under the Agri-Horticulture Programme in various States in partnership with NABARD. Under various projects, IFFDC is nurturing 1,715 Self Help Groups (SHG) with a total membership of 17,564 of which 95% are women members.
IFFDC has undertaken the Seed Production Programme on farmer’s fields in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka to augment the supply of quality seeds.
During 2017-18, total 3.45 lakhs quintals Certified Seed of Kharif Crops i.e. Paddy, Hybrid Paddy, Moong, Urad, Soyabean, Sesame, Hybrid Bajra, Jute, Onion, Hybrid maize, Sudan Sorghum Grass and Rabi Crops i.e. Wheat, Barley, Gram, Mustard were made available to the farmers through IFFCO Farmers Service Centers (FSCs), IFFCO-eBazar, IFFDC Kisan Seva Kendra (KSKs), IFFDC Agricultural Forestry Service Centers (AFSCs) and Primary Farm Forestry Cooperative Societies (PFFCS), and also to Agricultural Department under Mini kit Scheme of National Mission on Oilseed & Oilpalm (NMOOP) and National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Govt.of India. Thus, IFFDC is playing vital role in ensuring Food Security for the nation as well as making seed production venture sustainable for farmers.
In addition, an area of 13,075 hectares was covered under the Seed Production Programme during 2017-18. It is expected that about 6 lakh quintals Certified Seed of Wheat, Paddy, Soybean, Sesame, Gram, Mustard, Moong, Onion, Coriander and Hybrid Bajra Crops will be available for marketing during 2018-19.
During 2017-18, 217 vegetable seeds of different crops have also been sold through IFFCO e-Bazaar outlets, Indian Cooperative Digital Platform, IFFDC AFSCs and PFFCS.