ABPF Activities

The overall role of the ABPF is to create a body of knowledge, a network of producer /market linkages and an ongoing flow of useful information which will accelerate the economic development of Maharashtra’s agricultural sector. The program will be overseen by the Agricultural Marketing Specialist within the PCU, while the roles of ABPF will be put out to contract.
There will be three major contracts:
  • For the overall co-ordination and implementation of the program;
  • Consultancies around value chains,
  • To study business models, and
  • In addition there will be a number of one off studies and trainings.
All these components have to be need based and linked to various sub-components of Component B. Training needs under Component B would be worked out by respective SP and ABPF together and that would become the agenda for Capacity Building for the personnel viz. farmers, Officials, PG members and other stakeholders, for ABPF.
 
The role of ABPF consultants will be as under:
 A. Consultancies for the overall co-ordination and implementation of the program:
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The overall role of the ABPF is to create a body of knowledge, a network of producer /market linkages and an ongoing flow of useful information which will accelerate the economic development of Maharashtra’s agricultural sector. The program will be overseen by the Agricultural Marketing Specialist within the PCU, while the roles of ABPF will be put out to contract.
There will be three major contracts:
  • For the overall co-ordination and implementation of the program;
  • Consultancies around value chains,
  • To study business models, and
  • In addition there will be a number of one off studies and trainings.
All these components have to be need based and linked to various sub-components of Component B. Training needs under Component B would be worked out by respective SP and ABPF together and that would become the agenda for Capacity Building for the personnel viz. farmers, Officials, PG members and other stakeholders, for ABPF.
 
The role of ABPF consultants will be as under:
 A. Consultancies for the overall co-ordination and implementation of the program:
i)  Agribusiness and Marketing Consultancy at HQ Level
ii)  Agribusiness and Marketing Consultancy at Zonal Level
iii) Preparation of proposals for GOI
iv) Other misc. consultancy requirements and to facilitate Maharashtra agri-businesses and producer organizations to access GoI grants.
 
B. Consultancies around value chains, to study business models, major, minor and one off studies:
i)  Value Chain Analysis
ii) Studies of, and Advisory services provided on new business models promoted by the project
iii) Major studies:
  • Study of Dairy Marketing Development
  • Study of Fisheries Marketing Development
  • Study of Agric-insurance and piloting yield Risk Management Mechanism
  • Study of the Impact on Farmer Profitability through the use of SMS based Agricultural Information systems
  • Study of and potential on-going support for the development of Geographic Indicators in Maharashtra
  • Finance, Policy and e-trading.
iv) Minor studies for agro-marketing and provide training :
  • Study to review, discuss and develop the modern design for wholesale markets and rural haats.
  • Studies required for agri-business needs of ATMA.
  • Provide training to e-trading
v) One off studies- Meat Study for Pune city. vi) Preparation of Commodity Profiles
 
C. Trainings:
i)  Seminars, Workshops and Clinics.
ii) Training courses.
iii) Training for ATMA and Agri-business Advisers.
 
D. Publications
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