MACP Project Overview

The Maharashtra Agricultural Competitiveness Project (MACP) is proposed to address the issues mentioned above. Agriculture comprises of Crop Husbandry, Horticulture, Dairy, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries. The departments that are included in the Maharashtra Agriculture  Competitiveness  Project (MACP)  are  Agriculture,  Animal  Husbandry  and Agricultural Marketing. In view of National Dairy Plan and National Fisheries Development Project being formulated at GoI, Sub-Components / activities pertaining to Dairy and fisheries have not been included in the project. Explanation: For this project Department of Agriculture means “Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development  and Fisheries Department”, Animal Husbandry Department means “Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Department”, and Cooperation & Marketing Department means “Cooperation, Marketing & Textiles Department”.

Agriculture as an activity is subjected to serious risk of natural conditions & price risk. Studies in this sector and in dairy and fisheries sectors have been proposed in the project which will be undertaken  by independent consultants  under the technical oversight  of Agri Business Promotion Facility (ABPF) and the Project. The results of these studies so conducted, will be reviewed during the First Mid Term Review (MTR) of the project at the end of 2nd year of the project. Based on the recommendations of studies decision whether to include activities relating to dairy, fisheries and agriculture insurance in the project for remaining four years would be taken.

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The Maharashtra Agricultural Competitiveness Project (MACP) is proposed to address the issues mentioned above. Agriculture comprises of Crop Husbandry, Horticulture, Dairy, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries. The departments that are included in the Maharashtra Agriculture  Competitiveness  Project (MACP)  are  Agriculture,  Animal  Husbandry  and Agricultural Marketing. In view of National Dairy Plan and National Fisheries Development Project being formulated at GoI, Sub-Components / activities pertaining to Dairy and fisheries have not been included in the project. Explanation: For this project Department of Agriculture means “Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development  and Fisheries Department”, Animal Husbandry Department means “Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Department”, and Cooperation & Marketing Department means “Cooperation, Marketing & Textiles Department”.

Agriculture as an activity is subjected to serious risk of natural conditions & price risk. Studies in this sector and in dairy and fisheries sectors have been proposed in the project which will be undertaken  by independent consultants  under the technical oversight  of Agri Business Promotion Facility (ABPF) and the Project. The results of these studies so conducted, will be reviewed during the First Mid Term Review (MTR) of the project at the end of 2nd year of the project. Based on the recommendations of studies decision whether to include activities relating to dairy, fisheries and agriculture insurance in the project for remaining four years would be taken.

The productivity improvement and production of improved quality of various agricultural produce is absolutely necessary to make agriculture viable. The thrust so far has been on increasing  the productivity,  and therefore,  the extension machinery of the departments concerned was targeting to increase the production. Market led extension was totally lacking and this resulted in poor understanding of agricultural marketing by the concerned departmental agencies and the producers.

Various  National  Programs  like  Rashtriya  Krishi  Vikas  Yojana  (RKVY),  National Horticulture Mission (NHM), and National Food Security Mission (NFSM) are implemented in the State. The proposed MACP, with the assistance of the World Bank, is one of the many steps being taken by the GoM, to address the various issues and constraints in development of agriculture. The components and sub-components under MACP are based on the ingredients of the overall strategy of the State mentioned above. MACP aims to enhance the productivity in agriculture and improvement of quality production through capacity building of producers with the help of ATMA programs. In order to enable farmer to fetch competitive price for the agriculture produce, various alternative channels of marketing are proposed to be developed, besides strengthening the present marketing structure, by way of modernization.

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