“Namdu” – a producers’ cooperative run and managed by farmers in Karnataka, India

In a move to strengthen food sovereignty and to promote rural self-sufficiency, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), Amritabhoomi agroecology school have set up “Namdu” – a producers’ cooperative making high-quality organic produce available at affordable prices to consumers.

Farmers groups from around 15 districts, who have involved in natural farming are a part of this effort. Although, about 100 organic farmers have come under the umbrella for now, the movement will be expanded to rope in at least 5,000 farmers in each district in about two years’ time, the farmers say.

The farmers have opened a store at Krishika Samaj in Chamarajnagara, in South India.

It was inaugurated on 2nd October in honour of Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary and to bring his idea of Gram Swaraj (Village Sovereignty) to practice.

“Farmers will sell their products directly to consumers through our brand, without the interference of middlemen as in the concept of Gram Swaraj. The concept of Namdu was envisioned by our leader MD Nanjundaswamy and today we have taken a step to realize his dream,” said Honnur Prakash, Chamarajanagara district president of the KRRS.

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