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The tastes of summer: FPOs cultivating goodness on Indian plates

By: Aditya Ahuja

In the heartlands of India, where the sun beats down relentlessly, and the soil holds the promise of sustenance, there exists a silent revolution. It is a movement propelled by the hands that till the land, the minds that nurture crops, and the souls that believe in the power of agriculture. This movement finds its essence in the Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC), an organisation dedicated to empowering the backbone of our nation – small farmers.

Established in 1994 under the aegis of the Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, SFAC has been the guiding light for millions of small and marginal farmers across the country. Its mission is clear: to foster agri-business by supporting small farmers and promoting farmer-oriented agri-business ventures.

At the heart of SFAC’s endeavours lies a commitment to connect farmers with markets, technologies, and resources that enable them to thrive. 

Amidst the scorching heat of summer, Indian farmers cultivate an abundance of goodness in the fertile fields of rural India, bringing forth a plethora of delights to our tables. From cooling pulses to refreshing fruits, vegetables, and revitalising drinks, these offerings not only tantalise our taste buds but also nourish our bodies and souls.

Let’s delve into the treasure trove of goodness that Farmers’ Producer Organisations (FPOs), operating under SFAC’s umbrella, bring to our tables.

Cooling Pulses

– Black Chana: Neutralizing body heat, high in protein, aiding weight loss.

– Chana Dal: Versatile, fibre-rich, and nutrient-packed.

– Lobia: Protein-rich, energizing, and satisfying.

– Masoor Dal: High in protein, fibre, and essential vitamins.

– Green Moong: Easily digestible, with excellent cooling properties.

– Rajma: Nutrient-dense, light on the stomach, and energy-boosting.

– Urad Dal: Protein-rich, low in fat, aiding weight loss.

Fruits and Vegetables

– Assam Lemons: Refreshing and rich in vitamin C.

– Mangoes: Juicy, pulpy, and hydrating, promoting digestive health.

– Onions: Flavorful and believed to prevent heatstroke.

– Oranges: Fresh, pulpy, and hydrating, perfect for summer.

Refreshing Drink Makers

– Mint Leaves: Refreshing and versatile, perfect for drinks and salads.

– Chamomile Herbal Tea: Calming and soothing, ideal for summer relaxation.

– Chana Sattu: Hydrating, protein-rich, and energy-boosting.

– Jaljeera Powder: Hydrating, aids digestion, and satisfies taste buds.

– Makai Sattu: Nutritious, cooling, and fibre-rich.

– Millet Sattu: Traditional, nutritious, and refreshing.

– Mint Powder: Naturally cooling, perfect for summer beverages.

– Nutri Malt: Gluten-free, rich in flavor, and versatile for summer drinks.

Rice-based Food

– Poha: Light, healthy, and ideal for a satisfying breakfast.

– Usna/Parboiled Rice: Cooling, hydrating, and perfect for traditional summer dishes.

Savory Seeds

– Chia Seeds: Fibre-rich, heart-healthy, and aids in weight loss.

– Flax Seeds: Improves digestion, boosts immunity, and rejuvenates the body.

– Pumpkin Seeds: Rich in iron, energy-boosting, and promotes gut health.

Sowing seeds of empowerment

Through its initiatives, SFAC not only promotes sustainable agriculture but also fosters economic empowerment among small farmers. By facilitating market linkages, providing financial assistance, and promoting technology adoption, SFAC empowers farmers to take control of their livelihoods and chart a course towards prosperity.

As consumers, we have the power to support this noble cause by choosing products sourced from SFAC-supported FPOs. By doing so, we not only nourish our bodies but also contribute to the welfare of those who toil tirelessly to feed our nation.

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