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Agro Associations
An Introduction
There is an air of greater co-operation among farmers owing to which a number of agricultural associations are being born across the globe. The agro-associations and trade groups are usually  public relations organizations founded and funded by corporations that operate in the agro industry. The primary goal is generally to promote the various segments of the industry through PR activities such as advertising, education, political donations, lobbying and publishing.

Those involved in agriculture all over the world realize the need for people to step forth and provide a strong and educated voice to lead agriculture and bring the needs and issues of the agricultural industry to the forefront at the community, state, national and international level. A reasonable choice to provide this voice for agriculture and provide individuals who have the attitude, will and desire to participate in the leadership process are members of these organizations. These Associations and Organizations provide a platform to the agricultural and rural communities. Members encompass a wide range of disciplines. Together, they assemble a huge wealth of knowledge and practical experience. These members strive to formulate, establish, and promote voluntary academic, professional, and technical standards of relevance to the profession of Agriculture. Apart from procuring farming equipment and other material in bulk to avail of discounts, the associations are also exploring prospects for collective marketing of their produce both within the country and abroad.

Given below is a fragmentary list of prominent agro associations operational at the international, national and state levels.
 
Agro Organizations & Professional Societies at the International Level
  • Tropical Agricultural Association (TAA)
  • Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • Asian Association for Agricultural Engineering (AAAE)
  • World Sustainable Agriculture Association (WSAA)
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Center
  • Agricultural Biotechnology for Sustainable Productivity (ABSP)
  • Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
  • Consortium for International Crop Protection (CICP)
  • Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
  • European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease
  • European Food Information Council
  • European Initiative for Biotechnology Education
  • FARM - Farm Animal Reform Movement
  • Institute of Food Research (IFR)
  • Institute of Food Science & Technology (UK)
  • Institute of Food Technologists'
  • International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)
  • International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
  • International Food Information Council (IFIC)
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • International Society for Ecology and Culture
  • National Agricultural Biotechnology Council (NABC)
  • Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center
  • Media For Environment, Science, Health And Agriculture Association (MESHA)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • World Agricultural Information Centre (WAICENT) Portal
  • AGRIS/CARIS - Centre of Information Management for International Agricultural Research
  • World Food Summit
  • International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)
  • UN International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • World Food Programme.
 
Agro Associations/Organizations at the National Level
  • All India Shrimp Hatcheries Association
  • Cashew Export Promotion Council
  • Fertilizer Association of India
  • IDA - Indian Dairy Association
  • IPCA  - Pest Control Association of India
  • Indian Bio Organic Tea  - Organic tea producers association
  • Indian Center for Aquaculture & Fisheries Trade  - Aquaculture industry association
  • Jute Manufacturers Development Council - National agency for promotion of Jute
  • Agricultural Technology Marketing Agency (ATMA)
  • National Centre for Jute Diversification - Jute production enhancement agency
  • PMFAI - Indian Pesticides manufacturers & formulators association
  • Association of Agricultural Medicine and Rural Health
  • Indian Agro & Recycled Paper Mills Association (IARPMA)
  • Ferretilizer Association of India
  • Pesticides Association of India
  • Pesticides Manufacturers & Formulators Association of India (PMFAI)
  • Global Agro-Industries Forum (GAIF)
  • Seed Association of India
  • Indian Micro Fertilisers Manufacturers' Association of India
  • Biodisel Association of India
  • Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority
  • Marine products Export Development Authority
  • Tea Board
  • Coffee Board
  • Cashew Export Promotion Council
  • Coir Board
  • Spices Board.
 
Agro Associations at Various State Levels in India
  • BOOE  - Oilseeds and Oils Exchange of Mumbai
  • Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board
  • Maharashtra Association For The Cultivation Of Science
  • Marathawada Association of Small Scale Industries and Agriculture
  • Calcutta Tea Traders Association
  • Darjeeling Planters Association
  • KERAFED - Federation of coconut farmers in Kerala
  • Madurai Dairy - District cooperative milk producers union
  • Debons Agro Association,Kolhapur,Maharashtra,India
  • SIMA - Mills Association of South india
  • New Age Fruit Growers' Association (NAFGA) in Hoshiarpur
  • Abohar Fruit Growers' Association (AFGA).
 
Objective
The above mentioned associations and organizations acknowledge the role which agriculture, in its widest sense, plays in the production of food and other raw materials. And they also apprehend the problems and accordingly formulate actions to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement and, thereby, to promote the national well-being. In their efforts, they recognize the need to eliminate poverty, and consider that one of the ways to do this is through raising productivity and moving subsistence farmers into commercial agriculture, through the development of rural agro-industrial commodity chains and the development and delivery of appropriate inputs.

One of the primary goals of these organizations is to strengthen the profession of Agricultural by promoting information exchange, and improving communications. The importance of developing sustainable high output agricultural production systems which recognize the importance of conserving and improving the environment and biodiversity is also recognized.
 
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