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IFPRI- CSISA organized a one day high level policy roundtable on Sustainable Intensification in India’s Risk-Prone Ecologies: Investment strategies for productivity growth, resource conservation, and …

IFPRI- CSISA organized a one day high level policy roundtable on Sustainable Intensification in India’s Risk-Prone Ecologies: Investment strategies for productivity growth, resource conservation, and climate risk management” on May 19, 2014 in New Delhi.

This roundtable, brings together a high-level small group of individuals from the corporate, government, and research sectors to address one of India’s most urgent challenges to food security and economic growth—how to encourage private sector investment in accelerating productivity growth in India’s risk-prone ecologies while simultaneously conserving the environment.

There are solutions already in farmers’ fields and rural markets that respond to these challenges, and this Roundtable will highlight recent advances, for example: innovative financial products and information services for small-scale farmers; diagnostic tools for managing water and soil nutrient scarcity; custom-hired resource-conserving machinery for small farms; crop diversification and high-value marketing strategies; and stress-resistant wheat and rice varieties. But the search for solutions is far from complete. This Roundtable is meant to engage participants in a rapid-fire discussion of recent technical solutions in Indian agriculture, the prospects for policy change, and corporate outlooks for the next five years. The purpose is to help public and private sector players to identify common investment strategies, forge partnerships, and chalk out collaborative efforts to effect technological, market, and policy improvements in India’s risk prone ecologies.

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  • 1. Synergies & Customised Services to Empower Farmers Presentation at the IFPRI-CSISA Roundtable, Delhi, 19th May 2014
  • 2. •102 years old company •Turnover ~ over US $ 7 billion • One of top 3 sustained value creators over 2 decades ---Stern Stewart Study – 2005 •Market cap > US $ 45 billion A diversified Indian conglomerate FMCG Paper & PackagingHotels Agri Business Information Technology
  • 3. Critical Agri-value Chains Foods & Tobacco businesses – stable & assured production of finest quality of agri-products Paper, paperboards & packaging businesses – assured supply of pulpwood from sustainable sources Foods & dairy businesses – competitive base for quality milk
  • 4. High Stakes in Indian Agriculture • Direct engagement with nearly 2 lakh farmers thru crop development on more than 3 lakh hectares • Farmer connect thru eChoupals – 4 million • These farmers operate in moisture stressed areas:  Agriculture mainly rain-fed - crop production unstable  Depletion of bio-mass - aggravating top-soil losses & surface run-off  High soil erosion - implications for fertility & productivity of land
  • 5. Sustainable growth in farm incomes Challenges • Biomass cover of 33% of project areas • Progress towards ‘safe groundwater zone’ status • Achieve 0.75-1% soil organic carbon • 50% of village GDP from dairy activities Desired Outcomes • Nurture, preserve & expand competitive sources of raw material for our businesses • Sustainable & accelerated growth in livelihoods and farm incomes
  • 6. Creating an eco-system for agriculture development Information & knowledge Access to inputs & markets Sustainable agriculture practices Natural resource management Integrated animal husbandry services
  • 7. Forging multi-stakeholder partnerships • Leverage government programmes & resources (IWMP, NREGA, NHM,etc)Scale • Collaboration with premier research institutions & agriculture collegesKnowledge • Project & financial management capabilities of the private sector & the mobilisation skills of the NGOs Execution • eChoupals, Choupal Sagars & village institutions for flow of goods and servicesPlatform
  • 8. Agriculture in Bihar, W Bengal & UP Objective: Crop development in new areas close to markets thru Sustainable Agricultural Practices – introduced new wheat, potato & mentha varieties Facilitating agri-business services (varieties, PoPs, inputs & implements) through 138 Farmers Field Schools Promotion of conservation practices like SRI (1,000 ac), Zero tillage (1,760 ac), Seed drill (3,200 ac), multi cropping (640 plots), nutritional garden (590 plots) Promotion of Leguminous crops as intercrops/bund plantation/green manure/Cover crops MOU signed with Bihar Agricultural University (BAU), Sabour to promote best agricultural practices in Munger
  • 9. Animal Husbandry & Dairy in Bihar OBJECTIVES Increase productivity per animal Improve quality of raw milk Accurate, transparent & timely payments Cost efficient milk handling INITIATIVES -- Breeding Services -- Animal Management & Nutrition -- 24*7 Call Centre (Pasudhan Seva Kendra) -- Farm Hygiene -- Screening for Bacterial Count -- Training on CMP -- Use of Certified Equipment -- Automated Milk Collection and testing -- E-Payment to Farmers -- Strategic positioning of BMCs -- Optimisation of Milk Routes OUTCOMES --- 20% increase in Milk Productivity --- Lower Farm Management & Logistics Costs --- High Quality Milk with Traceability --- Higher Returns to Farmers --- Emergence of Commercial Dairy Farms
  • 10. Munger dairy – key interventions Objective: Establish base for high quality milk in concentrated geographies thus ensuring higher returns per animal Call Centres for veterinary health care and animal breeding services through artificial insemination Herd Management System to increase productivity by capturing accurate data on line to enable timely decision making Promote modern commercial farms to showcase latest technology and ensure superior quality milk Collaboration with HDFC Bank for cashless farmer payments, with Sahayak as the banking correespondent
  • 11. Thank you