The manpower involved in operations and management of infrastructure created under Component B of this Project including non officials in management and executive cadre and other personnel will have to be provided with technical and management skills for operations & management of the facilities created. The ABPF will have the main role to train these personnel. Besides this number of studies would be undertaken by ABPF which will also include three studies relating to development of dairy marketing, development of fisheries marketing and agricultural insurance. The findings of these studies will be reviewed at the time of first Mid Term Review (MTR) and assessment will be done whether to include these activities under this Project after for financial support. These studies will be contracted out. The staff of ABPF with the support of PCU will prepare ToRs for the work and take technical oversight role. The responsibility of contracting will be that of PCU. Two additional activities will be supported under ABPF viz.
A process for facilitating Maharashtra Agri. Business and Producers Organisation to access Government Of India (GoI) grants and
A process for the review, discussions and development of improved designs for wholesale markets and Rural Haats. ABPF will have a major role in facilitating greater state utilisation of GoI marketing grants.
ABPF will hold annual and Zonal conferences of Agribusiness Advisers and a satisfaction survey will be carried out to know how the ABPF has benefited to their knowledge. Likewise satisfaction survey of the SP of APMCs, RH & FCSC will help to understand the benefits of ABPF to beneficiaries. The SPs of APMCs, RH and FCSCs will be invited for annual and zonal conferences organized by ABPF. This will function as a learning platform where results of any studies can be disseminated and market designers, architects, APMC personnel and SPs involved in supporting APMCs, RH and FCSCs would attend and share their experiences and learning’s. ABPF role is to provide services, and support to the project and its implementing agencies to improve performance. The regular satisfaction surveys will be carried out to know ABPF’s ability to deliver the information, training and advise needed by the project and its service providers. Users of APPF’s services need to be able to identify how the facility has impacted on the outcome of their work. These surveys will cover the relevant personal in PCU and MSAMB, the 33 Agribusiness Advisers in the ATMAs, service providers supporting FCSCs and market designs, attendees at dissemination conferences of ABPFs work and a sample of individuals who have downloaded ABPF generated information from the MACP website. The consultancy reports will be uploaded on the website by ABPF and the downloading of the same by registered users will be monitored.