Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative

Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Limited(IFFDC)

IFFCO promoted a separate Multi-State Cooperative Society named 'Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Limited' (IFFDC) in 1993 with the objective to conserve environment and mitigate climate changes through sustainable natural resource management for enhancing socio- economic status of rural poor, tribal community and women in particular.

So far, 29,421 hectare wasteland has been developed as multipurpose biodiversity forests in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. These forests are catering to needs of Community and sequestrating about 1.41 lakh ton atmospheric carbon annually, helping in mitigating the climate change. These forests are managed by 152 village level Primary Farm Forestry Cooperative Societies (PFFCS) having 19,331 members, out of which, about 38 per cent are landless, 51 per cent are small/marginal farmers. Women constitute 32 percent of total membership.

Presently, IFFDC is implementing 22 projects on farm forestry, integrated watershed development, climate proofing, rural livelihood development, women empowerment, CSR etc. This has helped to increase income of the farmers and rural poor in about 9,554 villages in 8 States. About 15,171 ha additional area brought under irrigation by developing 17,330 ha under Watershed in various States in partnership with NABARD and State Govts. For women empowerment, IFFDC is nurturing 1,825 Self Help Groups (SHGs) having 18,465 members (95 percent women members) through skill and microenterprises development etc.

IFFCO has entrusted the Seed Production Program (SPP) to IFFDC. Accordingly, IFFDC has undertaken the SPP of high yielding and promising varieties of different crops on farmer’s fields with its 5 state-of-art technology Seed Processing Units (SPU) located in the States of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. During 2019-20, total 3.73 lakhs quintals certified seed of Paddy, Hybrid Paddy, Moong, Soybean, Urad, Sesame, Hybrid Bajra, Hybrid Maize, Sudan Sorghum Grass during Kharif and Wheat, Barley, Gram, Mustard, Cumin, and Berseem during Rabi 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). IFFDC supplies seeds to Agriculture Department under Minikit Scheme of National Mission on Oilseed & Oil-Palm (NMOOP) and National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Government of India. During the year 2019-20, total 385 kg of vegetable seeds of 16 different crops have also been made available to farmers.