‘Better infrastructure must for farmers at markets’

What could be the very best design for a ideal market place accessibility infrastructure? Can a countrywide design handle the requires of farmers in a large nation like India? Will it match the specifications of farmers in various agro-climatic zones? Will one size fit all?

Specialists symbolizing community and private sectors felt that a wide variety of techniques had been wanted. Using portion in a panel discussion on ‘Building the ideal market place accessibility infrastructure’ at the BusinessLine Agri Summit in this article on Friday, they felt that both equally actual physical and soft (IT) infrastructure wanted to be established up.

Garima Jain, Main Government Officer of Agro Corp (India), claimed the nation had advanced from foodgrain scarcity nation to self-sufficiency situation and then arrived at the food items surplus condition. “We are nonetheless in the MSP routine, fully disconnected from what was occurring outdoors,” she claimed.

Standardisation and assurance on excellent of the farm output much too had been important problems that the nation faced, she felt.



P Soman, Main Agronomist at Jain Irrigation, claimed that tiny and marginal farmers would have to have very affordable products to gain technology inputs to increase their incomes. Working with them, being familiar with their requires and addressing them would go a prolonged way in creating have confidence in.

Position of logistics

Giri Vasan, Countrywide Project Head of Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals’ eNAM initiative, claimed that logistics performed a important function in making certain swift motion of commodities among States. He claimed the important emphasis spots really should be grading, sorting, packaging, warehousing and transportation to assist farmers get better returns.

He emphasised the need to establish both equally actual physical and soft (IT) infrastructure in buy to total the loop. The Centre has agreed to provide viability hole funding to States to establish infrastructure based mostly on their requires.

G Chandrashekhar, Consulting Editor of BusinessLine, who moderated the session, claimed the nation was saddled with ‘less than adequate’ infrastructure, both equally the actual physical infra and soft infra. The federal government was generating endeavours to increase situation in this regard.

The Countrywide Agricultural Cooperative Advertising Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) has claimed it is all set for have out MSP (minimum amount guidance cost) procurements via eNAM (digital-Countrywide Agriculture Market place). Sunil Kumar Singh, Additional Handling Director (NAFED), has claimed that this initiative will assist farmers get made use of to the procedures at the eNAM.

The onus is on both equally the community and private sector players to provide essential infrastructure, to make it simple for farmers at the marketplaces, he claimed.

“They can collect a tiny cost for the products and services but it is important to provide the amenities so that the farmers get a truthful cost and are encouraged to deliver additional and additional,” he claimed.

He claimed out of the 23 commodities that the federal government announced MSPs NAFED was associated in 16 States. The federation produced tiny interventions each time and anywhere the market place rates had been ruling beneath the MSPs. “Some instances our existence itself established the situation ideal,” he claimed.

The NAFED procurement functions are done within just the 90-day post-kharif and post-rabi harvests.