There are around 700 Farmer Franchises across India. The key person in a Farmer Franchise is the Farmer Entrepreneur who is responsible for processing raw materials at the farm level. FF procures the raw material from the farmers of nearby villages and in terms he supports the farmers by reducing their cost of transportation.
OFPL facilitates the loan to FF for installing mini food processing units at farm gates. The location of Farmer Franchise is selected based on various parameters such as availability of water, accessibility to the roadway and electric facility. OFPL provides the market linkage by buying back all the processed material from FFs. Market linkages ensure improved incomes to the tune of Rs.15,000 - Rs.25,000 per month to the farmer entrepreneurs and a 20% increased price realization for the end smallholder farmers.
Our Food has entered MoUs with multiple rural banks to facilitate loans to farmer entrepreneurs for setting up micro food processing units in their villages. These banks include Andhra Pradesh Grameen Bank (APGB), Andhra Pradesh Grameen Vikas Bank (APGVB), Telangana Grameen Bank (TGB) etc. The eligibility criteria for Farmer entrepreneur are as follows: