It is common knowledge that there is a need to promote agriculture marketing infrastructure projects for reducing the involvement of intermediates and minimizing post-harvest losses. A robust agriculture marketing infrastructure will ensure better remuneration to farmers and supply of better quality products to consumers and processing industries. During the XII plan period, the estimated investment for marketing infrastructure and value chain development was Rs. 56,000 crores.
To address this need, the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC), Govt. of India has introduced the Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure (AMI) Scheme by merging the earlier Grameen Bhandaran Yojana (GBY) and the Scheme for Development/Strengthening of Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure, Grading and Standardization (AMIGS).
Objectives of the scheme
- To develop a robust agricultural marketing infrastructure for effective management of marketing surplus in agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors of dairy, poultry, fishery, livestock, and minor forest produce
- To promote innovative and latest technologies in agricultural marketing infrastructure
- To promote competitive alternative agricultural marketing infrastructure by encouraging investments from private and cooperative sectors
- To promote direct marketing to increase market efficiency with the aim of enhancing farmers’ income through reduction in intermediaries and handling channels
- To promote creation of scientific storage capacity for storing farm produce, processed farm produce, and agricultural inputs, etc. to reduce post-harvest and handling losses
- To provide infrastructure facilities for grading, standardization and quality certification of agricultural produce
- To promote Integrated Value Chains (confined up to primary processing stage only) to enable vertical integration of farmers with primary processors
- To create general awareness and provide training on various aspects of agriculture marketing, including grading, standardization and quality certification
Who can benefit from this scheme?
- Individuals, Groups of farmers/growers
- Registered Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs)
- Partnership/Proprietary firms, Companies, Corporations
- Self-Help Groups (SHGs)
- Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
- Cooperatives & Cooperative Marketing Federations
- Autonomous bodies of the Government
- Local bodies (excluding Municipal Corporations for storage infrastructure projects), Panchayats
State agencies including State Government departments and autonomous organization/State-owned organizations
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