Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative
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 project s 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 29,419 hectare Wasteland had been achieved by promoting 150 village level Primary Farm Forestry Cooperative Societies (PFFCS). Today, these PFFCS cover about 28,500 members and implemented projects worth more that Rs. 223 crores.
Presently, it is implementing over 25 projects on livelihood and Natural Resource Management in about 9,490 villages across 12 states and Watershed Projects on 15,661 hectare area. IFFDC has developed 8,431 wadis (families) under the Agri-Horticulture Programme in various states in partnership with NABARD. Under various projects, IFFDC is nurturing 1,934 Self Help Groups (SHG) with a total membership of 21,942 of which 92% are women members.
IFFDC is also involved in Seed Multiplication Programme and has undertaken the Seed Production Programme (SPP) on farmer’s fields in the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka to augment the supply of quality seeds..
During 2015-16, a total of 3.11 lakhs quintal Certified Seeds were made available to the farmers though IFFCO Farmers Service Centres (FSCs), IFFDC Kisan Sewa Kendra, IFFDC Agricultural Forestry Service Centes and PFFCS.
In addition, an area of 13,660 hectares was covered under SPP during 2015-16.
IFFDC has been selected as the winner of the "Social Impact Awards-2011" and "Social Impact Awards-2015" organized by Times of India for its significant contribution in enhancement of socio-economic status of the village people.www.iffdc.org.in