75, 000 skilled agri entrepreneurs:Agri industry lauds budget

75, 000 skilled agri entrepreneurs:Agri industry lauds budget

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New Delhi, Jul 5 : Welcoming the proposals made in the 2019-20 Budget, agriculture business sector has hailed the announcement to create 75,000 skilled agri entrepreneurs.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the Modi government has kept ''Village, Poor and Farmer'' in focus of every programme. Presenting the Union Budget for 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha, the Finance Minister said, ''Government keeps Gaon, Garib and Kisan at the centre of everything we do, of every programme.''

''Creation of 75,000 skilled agri entrepreneurs will unleash the entrepreneurial spirit in rural India and will give agriculture sector that was believed to be dependent only on 'Hand-Outs" a huge boost and encourage "Hand-Up", KC Ravi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Syngenta India Ltd said in its reaction.

The emphasis on creating more Public Private Partnerships in creating agri-businesses would go a long way as there are many successful models available in the private sector.The second important announcement is around creating 10,000 more Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs).

The only watch-out here would be to look more closely on the implementation as many of the FPOs created thus far have not been able to achieve the very objective of improving the collective bargaining power of the farming community. The focus on imparting more professionalism would ensure that the FPOs are successful and here again the experience of the private sector can be harnessed in the PPP mode.

The vision of government to turn the farmers (Annadata) into power generators (Urjadata) will unleash a new wave of entrepreneurial spirit in rural India and strengthen the aim of the government to double farmers’ income by 2022.

Overall the clear articulation of the Government's focus on ''gaon, garib and kisan'' will hopefully translate into many more initiatives where the private sector can partner. The Budget shows a rare commitment for not only providing the impetus that the farmers need through a series of progressive programs, but also creates for them an enabling ecosystem by ensuring electricity, access to cooking gas, roads, housing, and honing their entrepreneurial abilities.

The Finance Minister rightly pointed out that Ease of Doing Business and Ease of Living should apply equally to farmers too, going beyond the conventional framework, which looked at farmers only vis a vis his/her field and not his/her entire life cycle. All these measures would hopefully give a further boost to the already existing schemes like Grameen, e-Nam etc and take agriculture on to a consistent higher growth. (UNI)