‘Farmers to get land for food processing units in MIDCs’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 28 January 2020

The farmers who have completed training are being provided subsidies to start processing plants through the Annasaheb Patil Arthik Vikas Mahamandal. 

PARBHANI: Farmers are being trained as entrepreneurs under the Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj Udyojakata Va Kaushalya Vikas Abhiyan, which is a part of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushalya Vikas Yojana. This has supported the farmers in the State. To provide more such benefits to them, the State government is planning to give subsidies and land to farmers’ food processing units in Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporations (MIDCs).

Maharashtra Skill Development Minister and Parbhani District Guardian Minister Nawab Malik revealed this during a training programme here.

The minister recently reviewed the farmers’ training programmes being carried out under the Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj Udyojakata Va Kaushalya Vikas Abhiyan, which is a part of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushalya Vikas Yojana. AP Globale (Emerging Businesses) Executive Vice President Bobby Nimbalkar, MLA Babajani Durani, former MP Suresh Jadhav, Damapuri Sarpanch Surekha Gamey, Sakal Resident Editor Dayanand Mane, Expert Net Project Manager Jalindar Gaikwad, Associate Editor Ranjit Khandare, Pradip Vedpathak, Rohit Badgujar, Administration Manager (HR) Mangesh Karodkar, Yogesh Patil and Gangadharrao Gamey were present during the programme. 

Farmers from Damapuri, Thola, Singanapur, Umri (Parbhani district), Chondi Amba (Vasmat taluka), Jafrabad (Jalna district) and Fulkalas (Purna taluka) participated in the training.

Elaborating on various measures to address farmers’ issues, Malik said farmers are being encouraged to take up collective farming. Skill development training camps will empower farmers to market their produce and get remunerative prices for it through collective farming. Over one lakh farmers have been trained so far. The farmers who have completed training are being provided subsidies to start processing plants through the Annasaheb Patil Arthik Vikas Mahamandal. 

Malik said, “The State government should also give these farmers land to set up units and efforts are being taken in that direction. A decision will be made soon in consultation with the State industries minister to provide electricity, water and subsidy to farmers. Parbhani and Hingoli districts have the potential to start processing plants based on turmeric and soybean.”

OVER 2 LAKH FARMERS TRAINED IN COLLECTIVE FARMING
In the introductory speech, SIMACES Learning LLP Joint General Manager Amol Birari explained the objectives behind the training programme. He said the programme has reached 17,000 villages in 1,076 circles in the State. Around 3.32 lakh farmers have registered for the programme. Around 2.52 lakh farmers took the exam. In all, 1.91 lakh farmers have been trained in collective farming till date, while 1,984 proposals to establish collective farms or processing units have been received. In all, 56 companies have been registered. 

He also said that there is three-day training and eight-week joint programme.

REVIEW OF TRAINING PROGRAMME
Malik interacted with the participant farmers at Damapuri. Bobby Nimbalkar spoke about the programme. A demonstration was given to farmers on online training.

INTERACTION WITH THE MINISTER
The farmers interacted with Malik and narrated their experiences. 
Women farmers spoke about how they were managing various enterprises.

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