Indian Water Resources Minister to inaugurate farmers’ meet

May 15, 2013

A one-day conference in Indian capital New Delhi is highlighting how agri-value chains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand are bringing better profits to apple growers in the state. The conference will be inaugurated by Union Minister of Water Resources, Harish Rawat on Friday.

The conference ‘Partnering for Rural Prosperity: Farmers as Owners’ will also see a number of farmers, scientists, leaders as well as bureaucrats speak on the subject. Farmers who have formed the agri-value chains in the state will share their experiences of collection of apples, storage, marketing as well as running the entire system.

The meet is being organised by Shri Jagdamba Samiti, which is run by a voluntary group of economists, management experts, social scientists and villagers for the development of the rural population of Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

The initiative is supported by Stichting Het Groene Woudt (SHGW), a Dutch family foundation, which promotes sustained economic development in rural areas of developing countries like India. Other partners include Netherlands-based Fresh Food Technology, which specialises in implementing agro-business solutions in emerging and developing economies to boost rural development, and Kincaid Agri Projects, an Indian company specialising in cold storage and warehousing solutions.

The conference is being presented by New Delhi-based Image Makers, which specialises in organising exhibitions, trade fairs, seminars, workshops and road shows in India and abroad. OneWorld Foundation India, an award-winning information communication for development NGO, is the knowledge partner for the conference.

The day-long conference has four session themes:

* Farmers as Owners: A social business approach to agri-business

* Partnerships with businesses for prosperity: Towards shared business benefits in value chains

* Investment in agri value chain with business rigour through active involvement of farmers

* Organising farmers and others to understand the financial and social returns on investment in agriculture

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India’s Minister for Water Resources, Harish Rawat, lauds the innovative apple project of Uttarakhand, a model that has freed small apple farmers from the clutches of middlemen besides introducing business acumen in them.
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