This helped to eliminate the middlemen from the marketing process and encouraged agricultural export. The grape growers in the four districts of the state have formed 16 cooperatives and have nearly 2000 farmer members each of whom is a partner in MAHAGRAPES (Sharma, Ishige, Maeda & Sanada, 2004).
The prominent cooperatives include Cotton Corporation of India Limited (CCI), the Jute Corporation of India Ltd. (JCI), the National Cooperative Development Corporation Ltd. (NCDC), the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation Ltd. (NAFED), the National Tobacco Growers Federation Ltd. (NTGF), the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation Ltd. (TRIFED), the National Consumers Cooperative Federation Ltd. (NCCF), etc for procurement and distribution of commodities; and the Tea Board, Coffee Board, Coir Board, Rubber Board, Tobacco Board, Spices Board, Coconut Board, Central Silk Board, the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), National Horticulture Board (NHB), State Trading Corporation (STC), Agricultural & Processed Foods Export Development Authority (APEDA), Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), the Indian Silk Export Promotion Council, the Cashew nuts Export Promotion Council of India (CEPC), etc. for promotion of production and exports of specific commodities (AMR, n.d.).
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