Food & Agribusiness in Karnataka

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All the participants in the food and agribusiness chain mainly the famers need to continue with their livelihood agriculture activities though the desired results and returns not achieved in their operations. This is not only important for farmers’ point of view but also for consumers, to meet their food requirements. Practically, food sector will never face recession as consumers cannot forgo food. This reveal that there is a huge scope for growth in the sector, but change in perception mainly in the mind of the farming community from merely farming to agribusiness is a must. Concept of crop

production should change from production driven to consumer/ market driven for better results. Higher priority for commercial crop cultivation, value addition to produce and application of business principles in selected commercial agriculture operations is the indicator of transition towards agribusiness.However, there is a scope to do a lot more for betterment of food and agribusiness sector in India and also in the state of Karnataka. The state is blessed with 10 agro climatic zones, which are suitable for different products offering by taking up production and marketing of different food and agricultural crops. It is the time for adoption of crop cluster approach, adoption of better cultivation practices, value addition to the produce and have a practice of marketing excellence.

Government Policies & Notifications

  • Integrated agriculture key to farmers’ uplift

  • Date: Apr 13, 2022 & Source: https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/integrated-agriculture-key-to-farmers-uplift-385802
    Parveen is an example of a small farmer from Vagarahalli village of Hassan district in Karnataka whose enterprise has made sustainable agriculture a reality on his 1.69-hectare farm. Traditionally, he grew crops such as ragi (finger millet), maize, potato and coconut with a small dairy and poultry unit. The use of improved varieties and hybrids has been supplemented on the farm with introduction of high-value crops such as ginger and sericulture. Drumstick and papaya have been intercropped with coconut. Silver oak has been planted all along the farm borders. Farm waste is being recycled into healthy manure. He has installed a micro-sprinkler irrigation system in the coconut garden in addition to using appropriate farm machineries such as coconut climbers and de-huskers. Despite the challenges of climate change, soil fatigue and reduction of water availability, with the above measures, Parveen has increased his net annual income from Rs 47,740 to Rs 7.28 lakh! Without doubt, technical and capacity-building support from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Hassan, has been a critical resource.
    The Doubling Farmers Income (DFI) Report, 2017, observes that the integration of farm activities, in both rainfed and dryland areas, when carefully chosen, planned and executed can yield greater dividends for sustainable livelihoods, especially in the case of small and marginal farmers. The Union Government is implementing the National Mission of Sustainable Agriculture. The objective of this mission is to extensively leverage the adaptation of integrated farming practices and appropriate technologies in conjunction with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and more importantly, the state government.
    Our KVKs under the aegis of the ICAR have created and nurtured several successful integrated farming system models with crop combinations. The time is ripe for them to learn and dovetail from the good practices of the myriad private sector agritech initiatives, especially agri-startups, in the rural landscape. To name a few, Dehaat, Ninjacart, Sammunati, Waycool, Agrostar and Jumbotail have attracted huge venture capital funding in precision agriculture, on-farm management, supply chain and output market initiatives, according to a 2021 Ernst & Young study. There is a tremendous penetration of broadband connectivity and mobile usage in villages. Hence, virtual interaction with farmers on integrated farming ‘package of practices’ has to be supplemented with the physical reach of sufficient numbers of extension officers of agriculture, horticulture and allied departments. The use of Common Service Centres (CSCs), in this context, has to be intensified too. These are last-mile public delivery access points in districts that provide high-quality and cost-effective video, voice, data content and public utility services. It is in the above robust ecosystem that small farmers, such as Parveen from Karnataka, will be doubly empowered through a public-private partnership approach to imbibe the economic, ecological and sustainable dimensions of integrated farming.
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  • Food & Agribusiness News & Events

    News

  • Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Released 2 Products of ICAR- Sugarcane Breeding Institute

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    • 31 March, 2022
      https://krishijagran.com/agriculture-world/union-minister-of-agriculture-and-farmers-welfare-released-2-products-of-icar-sugarcane-breeding-institute/
      GlobalNarendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare released two products of ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore viz., Cane jam and Entomo-pathogenic nematode (EPN) formulation, a biopesticide to manage white grub pests during the 93rd Annual General Meeting of the ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) Society. Dr. C. Sankaranarayanan (EPN) and Dr. G.S.Suresha (Cane jam), the product-developers from ICAR-SBI, participated in the meeting, organized at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex, New Delhi, recently. Dr. G.Hemaprabha, Director of ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute said that ‘Cane jam’ is a unique value-added product from sugarcane juice, that retains the nutrition and flavour of sugarcane juice. This jam could easily be blended with any flavouring agents and can be used with food items such as bread, chapatti, idly, dosa and cake. This technology has been licensed to two firms from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, she added. Mentioning that the ‘entomo-pathogenic nematode’ formulation developed by the Institute is an effective biopesticide for the management of white grubs, which has been a serious menace for sugarcane farmers, she said that this formulation can be easily applied in the sugarcane fields. This technology has been licensed to eight firms belonging to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, she added. Interested firms can contact the Director, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore – 641007 for details.
      ICAR’s Annual General Meeting was held on 26th March 2022 and was addressed by Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare & President of the ICAR Society, Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying & Senior Vice-President of the ICAR Society and Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Vice-President of ICAR Society

    Events

  • AgriTech India 2022, Fri, 26 – Sun, 28 Aug, at BIEC, Bengaluru
  • Krishi Mela Dharwad 2022, 27 – 29, May 2022, at UAS, Dharwad
  • EIMA Agrimach INDIA, Thu, 1 – Sat, 3 Sept, at UAS, Bengaluru
  • Asia-Pacific Conference on Sustainable Agriculture, Wed, 18 – Fri, 20 May, The Capitol Hotel, Bengaluru
  • Natural Products Expo India, ri, 6 May - Sun, 8 May, at UAS, Bengaluru
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