Agri Business Promotion Facility (ABPF)

Agricultural production and its marketing are interrelated activities and MACP addresses these firstly by improving agricultural extension system (ATMA model), and secondly by providing upgraded marketing infrastructure which will be made accessible by traditional as well as alternative marketing channels. Besides these interventions, the competitiveness of the farmer will be improved by capacity building. The sustainability of agriculture will improve because of all these interventions. Considering the scope of further improving sustainability of agriculture, value addition to agriculture produce is most important critical factor. Development of various business activities either supporting agriculture or based on agriculture production will add to the income of the farmers. It is therefore proposed to include the Agri-business Promotion Facility (ABPF) as a Sub-Component under this Project.
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. The findings of these studies were reviewed at the time of first Mid Term Review (MTR) and assessment were done for include these activities under this Project after for financial support. These studies were carried out as per the need of the project. 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 were supported under ABPF viz.
  • A process for facilitating Maharashtra Agri. Business and Producers Organization to access Government (state & central government) grants and
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Agricultural production and its marketing are interrelated activities and MACP addresses these firstly by improving agricultural extension system (ATMA model), and secondly by providing upgraded marketing infrastructure which will be made accessible by traditional as well as alternative marketing channels. Besides these interventions, the competitiveness of the farmer will be improved by capacity building. The sustainability of agriculture will improve because of all these interventions. Considering the scope of further improving sustainability of agriculture, value addition to agriculture produce is most important critical factor. Development of various business activities either supporting agriculture or based on agriculture production will add to the income of the farmers. It is therefore proposed to include the Agri-business Promotion Facility (ABPF) as a Sub-Component under this Project.
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. The findings of these studies were reviewed at the time of first Mid Term Review (MTR) and assessment were done for include these activities under this Project after for financial support. These studies were carried out as per the need of the project. 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 were supported under ABPF viz.
  • A process for facilitating Maharashtra Agri. Business and Producers Organization to access Government (state & central government) grants and
  • A process for the review, discussions and development of business plans/ proposals of farmer producer companies, individual entrepreneurs for initiation of the agribusiness activities. ABPF will have a major role in facilitating greater state utilization of government marketing grants.

ABPF is proposed on contract basis. It will function till the Project period is over. However, by the end of the project an independent cell will be established in MSAMB for similar functions as ABPF. This cell will get hand holding from last year as it will work in close guidance of ABPF consultancy under the project. At present MSAMB has got project and consultancy cell with some expertise. This will be strengthened by providing additional expertise so that this cell can function as ABPF after the project period. Besides Project cell in H.O.of MSAMB, it is proposed to have Project Advisers /Project Facilitators in Regional Offices of MSAMB. At the District level there would be panel of Agri-business/ Agri Marketing Advisers with ATMA or District Deputy Registrars of Co-operative Societies. The Regional level and District level experts will be drawn from private sector and their panel will be maintained at the Regional and District level respectively whose names and details will be published on the website so that the prospective users can contact them and avail their services. These experts will be trained by ABPF under the project during the last  year of the project phase. The Project Advisers/ Project Facilitators at Regional level and Agri-business/ Agri-Marketing Advisers at the District level will provide services to prospective entrepreneurs, i.e. agric-graduates, agric- diploma holders, diploma and degree holders in management and all other entrepreneurs in various fields of agri-business and agric-marketing and will provide services like preparing project reports, proposals for banks, proposals for accessing GoM /GoI grants. The ABPF under the project is thus aimed to develop and arrangement to make the similar services available to agric-entrepreneurs even after the project period.

ABPF had conducted annual and Zonal conferences of Agribusiness Advisers and other stakeholders and some will be conducted in remaining period. A impact survey/study will be carried out to know how the ABPF has benefited to agri enterprises, accrued private investment in agri sector, employment generation and useful as knowledge center. Likewise rating of the FCSC will help to understand the various issues and challenges to FCSC which will benefits to overcome these issues with the help of ABPF cell. The SPs of APMCs, RH and FCSCs were invited for annual and zonal conferences organized by ABPF& they will further invited to remaining conferences. ABPF is functioning as a learning platform where results of all conducted studies has disseminated useful information to various stakeholders and expected beneficiaries along with market designers, APMC personnel and SPs involved in supporting APMCs, RH and FCSCs were attended and shared their experiences and learning’s. ABPF role is to provide services, and support to the project and its implementing agencies to improve performance. The consultancy reports will be uploaded on the website by ABPF and the downloading of the same by registered users will be monitored.

 
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