It was indeed a pleasure for BENFED management & staffs to welcome, Shri Arup Roy, Hon’ble Minister in charge, Department of Co-operation, Govt of West Bengal on 16th February, 2017. Hon’ble minister addressed all the staffs of BENFED and shared his precious views regarding different Govt. policies, transparency of work, hard work and the role of BENFED in the development of the agriculturists through rural Cooperative network. He also congratulated BENFED on the recent achievements in Paddy Procurement. He appealed to all the staff and the Management of BENFED to keep up with the development of technology and professionalism along with the ethical values intrinsic within the Cooperative Movement.
There is something special about the day; the birds chirping in the wee hours of the morning had a musical note. The sun possibly was beaming with golden rays which didn’t have a scorching effect during the day sailing through. The weather these days is behaving strangely! One day its temperature crosses 30 degree Celsius forcing us to wonder what will happen in the summer stretch of May-June while on the day next it is thundering and raining all day dropping the level of mercury remarkably.
Then what is so thrilling about the day? Is it something outside or it has something to do with our emotions? Ohh yes! Today is BENFED’s 59th Foundation day! It’s BENFED’s Birthday! So it’s our birthday as well, right?
Do you know that West Bengal State Cooperative Marketing Federation Ltd. popularly known as BENFED has been registered under WBCS Act 1940 with following broad objectives:
At the time of registration in 1958 the name of the organization was West Bengal Apex Cooperative Marketing Society Ltd. Trade name BENFED come into existence in the year1976. BENFED is the federation of block level cooperative Marketing and Processing Societies. Marketing Societies belongs to A class category of members and the Processing Societies are B class members. Primary Agricultural Credit Societies can be affiliated as D class (nominal) member without any voting right.
AREA OF OPERATION of BENFED is the whole of West Bengal and the number of member is 277.
2008-09 was the Golden Jubilee year of BENFED. This fifty-year journey is remarkable in many respects. During sixties BENFED was the only agency of the Government to provide support to the framers. In fact BENFED has developed the habit of use chemical fertilizers amongst the farmers as per guidance of the State Agriculture Department. BENFED is the single window cooperative agency of the farmers to get their entire range of inputs requirement and to sell their agriculture produce. Even the farmers can store their produces in the Cooperative Cold Storages constructed under technical guidance of BENFED. To provide remunerative price to the jute growers BENFED constructed 12 Jute Complexes having facility of assortment, bailing and storage with capacity of 33600 MT during eighties.
BENFED has a wide spread network of Warehouse all over the state having storage capacity of 64500 MT fertilizer and 33600 MT Jute /Food grain. At present a good number of godowns used for storing of PDS Rice.
And now, we are 59 years old!!! But beyond all these statistics, today is the day of celebrations. After attending regular office in the first half, the staff members of BENFED Head quarters as well as its district office could not stop rejoicing the event and broke into glorious festivities. The event was inaugurated by lightening the Mangaldeep and cutting the cake by Mr. and Mrs. M. V. Rao at the Headquarters followed by the cultural events wherein Sri Amiya Dutta, Sri Biswajit Ganguly, Sri, Mriganka Mouli Mandal, Sri, Partha Bhattacharya and Mr. Pallab Ghosh along with our beloved General Manager (Business), Sri Nimai Chandra Chakraborty and General Manager (Administration), Sri Amlan Bhattacharya performed. The whole environment gets electrified when our Managing Director also sings aloud with them. Music and recreational activities engulfed the entire organisation and its staffs.
The morning matured into a golden day and thereafter melts into a magnificent evening.
An eventful day, memories of which will be cherished and awaited for a recurrence every moment by each of the employees of BENFED, BENFED- the pivot of our existence.
Courtesy Sri Subhasis Roy
Shri H. A. Safwi, Hon’ble Minister-In-Charge, Department of Co-operation & Inland Water Transport, Govt. of West Bengal paid a visit to BENFED Head Office on 20th July, 2012 to inaugurate “Conference on Annual Business Review”. Secretary, Cooperation and Managing Director, BENFED delivered a brief audio-visual presentation on “BENFED” and its activities. This was followed by inauguration of the Annual Business Review Conference of BENFED by the Hon’ble Minister. Shri H. A. Safwi, Hon’ble Minister in his speech highlighted the importance of Hard work, Honesty, Punctuality and emphasised on the role of BENFED in development of the agriculturists through rural Cooperative network. He also visited the office of BENFED and met the staff members and interacted with them.