Speaking to FE, Metro Cash n Carry managing director Harsh Bahadur said, In all the countries where we operate, we enter into such public-private partnership programmes to reach out to the farmers, raising their awareness and efficiency. The firm will enter into buy-back arrangements with many farmers under the project and this will in turn provide better value-addition to Metro as a buyer, he said.
Under the sheep farmer-training programme, Metro along with Karnataka Sheep and Wool Development Board, plans to train around 3,900 sheep rearers. The programme includes sharing best practices, creating awareness on quality and conducting health camps for de-worming and vaccination. Institutions like veterinary colleges, department of animal husbandry and veterinary services, meat and poultry marketing corporation are also partnering the project, Mr Bahadur said.
Project Fish aims at knowledge enhancement in post-harvest management for loss minimisation, modern techniques for fish catch and transit storage, improvisation of packaging methods, and awareness on quality and food safety norms. This project which will cover 800 farmers in states including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Goa and Maharashtra is partnered by College of Fisheries in Managalore, CFTRI Mysore, Department of Fisheries, Government of Karnataka, Fisheries Development Corporation and Marine Products Export Development Agency.
According to Mr Bahadur, similar programmes would be offered to fruit and vegetable farmers once the company gets the approval to buy and sell from he farmers, which is expected soon.