Sectoral Workshops - Agriculture and Allied Sectors | Nava Karnataka 2025
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Sectoral Workshops - Agriculture and Allied Sectors



Objective of the Workshop

The objective of the Sectoral Workshop was to bring together the various stakeholders of the Agriculture and Allied Sector and have them deliberate on the key sectoral challenges, the possible solutions and what could be the sectoral Vision for 2025.  

Time & Date         :      10:30 – 16:35 Hours, 25th September, 2017
Venue                   :      JW Marriot, Bangalore
Mode of Meeting :      In person
Anchored By       :      University of Agriculture Sciences, Bangalore

Notes of the Meeting

     Ms. Renuka Chidambaram, IAS (C.E.O of Karnataka Vision Document Project Office) opened the workshop by briefing the participants on the stated objectives of the Karnataka Vision 2025 exercise. She spoke in detail about the approach adopted for the visioning exercise, and how this Vision Document will meet the needs and aspiration of different stakeholders including Citizens (Women, Youth, Senior Citizens, Vulnerable population etc), Academia, Industry, Civil Society Organisations, Government Departments and others.The inaugural speech was followed by the presentation from University of Agriculture Sciences on the overview of the Agriculture and Allied Industries in Karnataka.


Policies and Infrastructure


     Karnataka to have State-of-art Infrastructure for the Agriculture and Allied Sector by 2025 and achieve the CAGR of more than 5 percent

   Strategic Steps
  • Villages to be considered as development unit for provisioning the support
  • All season roads connectivity to be provided for every village.
  • All cultivable land to be irrigated by year 2025
  • No farmer should have to travel more than 5km to access the market
  • Godown for every village with over 500 households to be constructed.
  • Current capacity utilization for every structure needs to be studied before budgeting further funds for infrastructure
  • Underutilization of existing agri- infrastructure (eg. SAFAL) needs to be studied before planning for additional investments in infrastructure.
  • Credit should be provisioned based on the land asset rather than the volume and crop of produce
  • Policy for providing loan credit to tenant farmers should be thought of
  • Farm mechanization tools to be available for the landless farm laborers so that they can improve productivity and incomes
  • Minimum support price on the need based assessment
  • Encourage PPP and CSR initiatives
  • Setting up of centers for leasing the infrastructure and encouraging the private companies
  • Strengthening of custom hiring centers
  • Policies for maintenance of infrastructure should be there in place
  • APMC Act needs to be revised to strengthen the market mechanism.
  • We are good for marine fish production but not in inland. Necessary infrastructure needs to be created.
  • Policy for fair prices shops and crop insurance should be revised.

Market Access


    By 2025, Karnataka state to have strong and integrated market intelligence for farmers to synchronise and adapt their cropping/ production patterns to changing demand

   Strategic Steps
  • Regulation of import from other states should be balanced in the favor of farmers.
  • EXIM policy to be looked at while developing the production plan for the State.
  • Mechanism to rapidly assess the market scenario to be established.
  • Policies to attract investors to set up food processing industry
  • MSP should be dynamic. Its calculation should be based on the factor such as cost of production etc.
  • Farmers Producer Organization (FPOs) should be provided technical and financial support in order to establish the market linkages.

 ICT (Automation)


    Use of ICT in procurement, production and marketing to increase the income and ensure food and nutrition security by 2025

   Strategic Steps
  • Use of messages/Whatsapp/K-Kisan should be further promoted.
  • Study on impact of use of ICT should be organised
  • Use of ICT for monitoring the programmes is the need of an hour.
  • Integration is needed (Sensor for insurance) through the value chain and other sectors.
  • Usage of ICT for weather and market linkages
  • Videos in local language should be developed.
  • Data Analytics to be incorporated in the planning and monitoring.
  • Diversified income is very important (Integrated farming)
  • Lack of information on the agriculture based enterprises should be addressed.

Capacity Building/Skill Development


    Enhance the skills of existing farmers and promote agri-entrepreneurship among youth

   Strategic Steps
  • Karnataka specific courses in Agri needs to be identified. For instance, nursery management course is required.
  • Training should be provided for not only farmers but also for teachers, managers and others.
  • Training to the FPO’s staff should be provided.
  • Specific  budget for capacity building for all the programmes
  • Agri Skill Development Centre should be established.
  • Entrepreneurs are very less in number and should be encouraged.

 Climate Change and Sustainability


   To make Karnataka State self-reliant and carbon neutral State by helping farmers become Climate Change Resilient.

   Strategic Steps
  • Renewable Energy to be promoted
  • Rain water harvesting to be promoted
  • Plantation to be promoted. Only 70 trees per 100 people; there should be 1 tree for every person.
  • Vulnerable blocks to be identified
  • Climate change resilient cropping to be promoted
  • Germ plasm centre should be established.
  • Reversal of degradation process