Agathiar FPCL
Agathiar FPCL
  • Farmers' Produce, Traditional Seeds

    Welcome to Agathiar Farmers Producer Company Limited

    No.1 / 127, Thinnakonam, Musiri, Tamil Nadu 621202

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About Us

AFPCL -Agathiyar Farmer Producer Company      started in 2017 with more than 300 small landholders as shareholders. A series of seed festivals organized in Tamil Nadu and other states created the momentum for the company has been mainly involved in value addition of pulses, coriander and production of edible/non edible oils. Raw material sourced from member’ farmers of the company.

Seed Production

More than 80 members farmers of the company involved in seed production of 90 varieties of millets, pulses, vegetables and green manure seeds. The company seeks help from NABARD to setup centralized seed processing unit for farmers to increase the per capita income of the farmers.


Promotion of Rainfed Farming

Seed production and processing

Marketing of Farm produce and Seeds

Value Addition

Formation of Women Self Help Group

Village-based Income Generation

Conduct Workshop

About Yoganathan

S.Yoganathan is the Managing Director of Agathiyar Farmer Producer Company Limited located in Thinnakonam village of Musiri Tauk in Tiruchi district of Tamil Nadu.


An active natural farmer, seed producer and yoga teacher, S.Yoganathan took inspiration from Natural farming scientist Dr. Nammalvaar. He is the founding member of Kavimani Bharathi Uzhavar Mandram started in 2005 at Tinnakonam village of Musiri Taluk in Tiruchirapalli District.

Humble Beginning

In 2007, Pasumai Sigaram Nature Farm (PSNF) Trust was registered as a Non-Governmental Organisation by Yoganathan to share and exchange ideas related to rainfed farming and indigenous seed production activities carried out by many farmers within the state. He started collecting indigenous seeds traversing different parts of the country since 2008, with more than 150 varieties preserved in the seed bank at Tinnakonam. He focuses on experimenting indigenous varieties with interested farmers and distributes at free of cost. PSNF also conduct training programs for small landholders and women farmers on importance of vegetable farming, seed production, kitchen gardening techniques and rainfed farming practices.

Our Journey

The farmer group was started as a Farmer Interest Group (FIG) under the guidance of NABARD to pave way for farmers to directly market the farm produces and reap the benefits of government schemes. After the group was formed, member’ farmers learnt gained knowledge related to rainfed farming of indigenous pulses, vegetable seeds and green manure seeds through exposure visits and trainings conducted by NABARD and agriculture departments.

Story of Curating Native Seeds - 

The Hindu

  The quest to collect seeds of native plant varieties has proved to be never ending for C. Yoganathan, a farmer of Thinnakonam village, near Musiri in Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu. He started collecting the seeds in 2008 with the objective of preserving native breeds of vegetables, fruits, millets and pulses. After a decade, he is now providing tonnes of seeds to farms and kitchen gardens through Agathiyar Farmers Producer Company, supported by NABARD. This is one of the few companies involved in native seed production in the State.

Sowing alternatives for the farmer's future | Trichy News- Times Of India

At a time when agriculture has turned a challenging vocation, a progressive farmer from Musiri in Trichy has been preserving, showcasing and selling hundreds of varieties of seeds at subsidised rates to his struggling mates. Revive traditional seeds and millets — has been the farmer’s motto for the last 10 years to overcome the prevailing water scarcity.

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