We know agriculture is the backbone of our economic system.
And still people are backing off from agricultural marketing and farmers are in huge debts. So how can we tackle this problem?
What do farmers really need to get good yelids?
Here are some major problems our farmers are facing today:
(i) Lack of Storage Facility.
(ii) Distress Sale.
(iii) Lack of Transportation.
(iv) Unfavorable Mandis.
(vi) Unregulated Markets.
(vii) Lack of Market Intelligence.
(viii) Lack of Organisation.
(ix) Lack of Grading..
(x) Lack of Institutional Finance.
(xi) Unfavorable Conditions.
(XII) Lack of knowledge about the modern ways of farming in many rural areas.
Solving these above problems can make agricultural marketing quite profitable.
Below are some needs of a farmer:
1. alternate water supply.
2.money for quality seeds, and regular upkeep of farms.
3. government fundings.
4.some online digital produce tracking system which enables them to review the past produce.
5.advance information about weather.
6.apps to improve literacy through online education.
These are to be provided to farmers to help them get good harvest and investment returns with some gains.
According to the National Sample Survey, the all-India average monthly surplus over cost per household
from agriculture was Rs 3,350. That was a return of 152 percent. The corresponding amount for Punjab
was 16,340 a month, or 139 percent of the amount invested. For example, on the basis of actual cost of
cultivation of the kharif crop for the three years 2008-2011, a central government agency said cotton
gave a surplus of 103 percent over paid out cost and imputed family labour, while that of paddy was 69
Government is also taking steps and initiatives to help farmers.
Some of the recent major government initiatives in the sector are as follows:
The Agriculture Export Policy, 2018 was approved by Government of India in December 2018.
The new policy aims to increase India’s agricultural exports to US$ 60 billion by 2022 and US$
100 billion in the next few years with a stable trade policy regime.
In September 2018, the Government of India announced Rs 15,053 crore (US$ 2.25 billion)
procurement policy named ‘Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan’ (PM-AASHA),under which states can decide the compensation scheme and can also partner with private
agencies to ensure fair prices for farmers in the country.
In September 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved a Rs 5,500
crore (US$ 820.41 million) assistance package for the sugar industry in India.
The Government of India is going to provide Rs 2,000 crore (US$ 306.29 million) for
computerization of Primary Agricultural Credit Society (PACS) to ensure cooperatives are
benefitted through digital technology.
With an aim to boost innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture, the Government of India is
introducing a new AGRI-UDAAN programme to mentor start-ups and to enable them to connect
with potential investors.