Rajasthan Agri Meet to attract investment in agriculture

The state government is organising Rajasthan Global Agritech Meet (GRAM) in Jaipur on November 9-11 and it aims at doubling farmers' income by 2022
Rajasthan Agri Meet to attract investment in agriculture

After last year’s grand success of ‘ Resurgent Rajasthan,’which witnessed signing of business agreement worth Rs 3.2 lakh crore, this year Rajasthan government is all set to attract huge investment in agriculture sector. In view of attracting investment in the sector and doubling farmers’ income by 2022, the state government is organising ‘Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet’ (GRAM) in Jaipur from November 9 to 11, 2016.

The state government is organising road shows, which include business meeting with prospective investors as well, in different cities. A road show in New Delhi was organised recently. Addressing the gathering senior cabinet minister Younus Khan said that stable government, visionary leadership, proper infrastructure including connectivity and law & order are prerequisite for investment and Rajasthan qualifies on all these front. “ With several policy reforms in place, we invite business community to come to Rajasthan and ‘ Grow with Us,” he added.

The three-day event aims at doubling farmers’ income by the year 2022 and ensuring the economic empowerment of farmers through accelerated yet sustainable growth in agriculture.

The meet, to be jointly organised by Government of Rajasthan and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), will be an attempt to make the farmer and the farm sector to move up in the value chain, attract agri businesses, processing, and packaging industries in the agri and allied sectors.

Khan said, " There exists huge potential potential in the state. We have huge land and with 10 agro-climatic zones is still being strong performer in agriculture. Thus we need to focus on safe, quality improvement, nutritional value, optimum use of water and value-added product to boost the farmer’s life. Opportunities exist in cultivation of Dates, Kinnow, Mustard and in supply chain of food processing business. Warehousing and post harvest segments are yet another opportunities.” "

Speaking on the GRAM and different policies and subsidies, Neelkamal Darbari, principal secretary, agriculture and horticulture, Government of Rajasthan, said, "The objective of the roadshow is to showcase investment opportunities in agribusiness and allied sector in Rajasthan and position the state as a preferred investment destination.”

“Rajasthan has well developed road and network connectivity with 70 percent dependent on agriculture. Apart from having lot of land available it has also good export potential. Government has planned various policy advances by giving 50 percent exemption in payment of Mandi fee and 100 percent exemption in land conversion charges," she added.

The Principal Secretary said, "Subsidies facilities will be available to different people associated like post-harvest crop management, research and development, subsidies on export of spices, cattle, poultry and fish feed and units with Rs 25 lakh turn up. To ease up the business, we have started with online registration of MSMEs."

GRAM will bring investors from across the globe to tap the scope and potential of doing business with representatives from the Netherlands, Israel, Australia and Canada. The meet is expected to be attended by 50,000 farmers.

The meet will provide a common platform for bringing together everyone involved in the full value chain of agricultural ecosystems. For example, farmers will be taught various techniques that will help them to earn more yields and educate on the methods of drip irrigation which will help them to overcome drought situation. 

The Changing Face of Rural India