MoS Food Processing Rameswar Teli lauds private sector for agriculture development

MoS Food Processing Rameswar Teli lauds private sector for agriculture development
The private sector is playing a strong role in aiding development in the agriculture and food processing sectors, said the minister

FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence in association with Walmart.org organised a summit on ‘Strengthening Agri Systems: Road to supporting smallholder farmers and boosting incomes’ in New Delhi Tuesday.  
 
The summit included leaders in the government, trade organisations, nonprofits, suppliers, retailers and others who are leading initiatives throughout all areas of the agriculture supply chain from farm to fork and engaged key stakeholders across the sector to address the barriers faced by smallholder farmers and farmer producer organisations (FPOs).   
 
Delivering the event’s keynote address, Rameswar Teli, Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, said, “I laud Walmart for its Rs 180 crore (US$25 million) commitment towards strengthening the Indian farm sector. The private sector is playing a strong role in aiding development in the agriculture and food processing sectors. This will play a major role in the Government’s vision of doubling farmer incomes by 2022.”  
 
Vivek Aggarwal, Joint Secretary (Crops & IT) & CEO-PM KISAN, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India said, “All stakeholders, across the private and public sectors, must work together to enable better prices for farmers and help them access markets across India. This will necessitate the intervention of private sector players and for India’s FPO movement to prioritise remunerative prices for the farming community.” 
 
Walmart Foundation today announced US$4.8 million (about Rs 34 crore) in grants to Digital Green and TechnoServe to enable programmes that help smallholder farmers have access to agriculture technology, training on sustainable farmer methods, enhanced access to formal markets, and skill and capacity building for farmer producer organisations (FPOs). 

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