Nearly 1,000+ agricultural entrepreneurs gathered in an Agri Entrepreneurship Conclave held on Friday to address their problems to a distinguished group of panelists comprising agri professionals, banking heads and senior bureaucrats in Lucknow. The event, jointly organised by Rural Outreach, Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) and Bhagidari Agro Network saw the communion of agri enthusiasts from various districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing the conclave, Siddharth Gautam, CEO, Rural Outreach emphasised on post production activities in farming. He stressed that if every agriculturist be treated as an entrepreneur then India will have maximum number of them. The emergence of the sector has been huge and today the world looks towards to India with a sense of awe and hope. There is scope for diversity as well as creativity in agriculture. From a mere food producing economy, India now produces surplus foodgrains whereby they can be exported now.
Gautam also reiterated that trend of the state government has been positive with regard to agriculture and Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra have shown most successful implementation of schemes. He was of the view that with synergy between agri entrepreneurs and farmers cost production can be minimised and more gain can be made.
Also present in the conclave were Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Uttar Pradesh heard the problems of agripreneurs and assured them of redressal. He said that the government was working out to set up a processing plant for lentils in Bundelkhand. This could be a turning point in the development of the region. He also told that agri junctions scheme in the region would give aid to the farmers. He sought suggestions for betterment of farming and asked them to communicate with the department.
MK Upadhyaya, Director of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) said that the government should understand the needs of farmers and there should be permanent arrangement to meet out the damage caused by natural hazards. Also present in the conclave was former agriculture commissioner of Uttar Pradesh Dr Anis Ansari who time and often moderated the proceedings and answered queries of participants.