Department of Storage and Marketing

Functions of the Department of Storage and Marketing (DSM)

  1. Support Creation of Scientific Storage Infrastructure for Agricultural Commodities in Rural Areas (Including Cold Chain Activities)

    • Assess/map the existing storage capacity in different states/districts in the country
    • Estimate the requirement and potential for storage infrastructure for various agricultural commodities in different parts of the country
    • Formulate policies/strategies for fulfilling the gap in storage infrastructure in different parts of the country
    • Provide credit and non-credit support for green field projects of public as well as private sector entities and for renovation/repairs/modernisation of existing warehouses to make them storage worthy.
    • Engage with various State Govt. Depts. (Cooperation, Agriculture, Food & Civil Supplies) and the State Warehousing Corporations for assisting them with required credit support for the warehousing projects. Besides, warehousing requirement of public sector/quasi-government agencies like National Horticulture Board, Coffee Board, Tea Board, Rubber Board, Cotton Corporation of India, Tobacco Board, Spices Board, etc., also to be tapped.
    • Promote storage capacity in rural areas by providing necessary financial support for up-gradation of infrastructure/amenities in the existing warehouses of PACS and other Co-operative Societies.

  2. Support for  Accreditation of Warehouses in Rural Areas

    • Map/identify the existing warehouses/cold storage in rural areas across the country
    • Sensitize/train PACS staff/warehousemen and cold storage owners and encourage them for getting their infrastructure accredited
    • Facilitate accreditation/registration of warehouses through accreditation agencies like NABCONS
    • Collaborate with Collateral Management Companies (CMCs), State Governments/State Owned Corporations not only in upgrading physical infrastructure of small warehouse owners, including PACS and other cooperatives, but also in leveraging the asset of a warehouse for increasing their incomes

  3. Negotiable Warehousing Receipts(NWRs)

    • Promote and popularize issue of Negotiable Warehousing Receipts (NWR) by the accredited warehouses/cold storage
    • Undertake suitable interventions to popularise storage of produce by farmers, avoiding distress sale and better price realisation
    • Facilitate provision of  Post-Harvest Loans particularly concessional loans to SF/MF Against NWR
    • Provide financial support to Cooperative and Regional Rural Banks for meeting the credit requirements of SF/MF against NWR

  4. Improve Access of  Farmers to Wider Markets

    • Engage with commodity exchanges, both future and spot, for developing suitable framework/contracts, which would enable farmers to trade on these exchanges
    • Evolve a mechanism which would ensure aggregation of the produce of farmers, so that the same could be traded on the exchanges.
    • Identify suitable entities that could work as aggregators for the farmers (like a cooperative society, a producers’ organization, a NGO, CMCs or any other village level/community based organization).
    • Make efforts to secure the participation of CMCs to guide PACS and individual warehouse owners to participate in the Commodity markets 

  5. Capacity Building of Stakeholders

    • Organise training/sensitisation programs for NABARD Officers, both at HO and ROs, with a view to acquainting them with various facets of agricultural storage and marketing.
    • Conduct Training/Sensitisation Programs for Warehousemen, especially individual warehouse owners in rural areas and the personnel of PACS,  in the scientific storage practices and agri-commodities’ preservation techniques.
    • Organise Sensitisation Programs for farmers with a view to creating awareness about the benefits of storing produce in scientifically managed warehouses, cleaning, sorting & grading of produce, concessional scheme for post-harvest credit and linkage with wider markets (commodity exchanges) through aggregators
    • Collaborate with agencies like Forward Markets Commission, WDRA, FCI, CWC and other academic institutions of repute for designing training programs for various stakeholders on preparation, appraisal & financing of infrastructure projects, scientific warehouse management, accreditation/ registration of warehouses and trading on commodity exchanges.

Warehouse Infrastructure Fund - 2014-15

Food Processing Fund - 2014-15

Shri S N A Jinnah
Chief General Manager
NABARD, Head Office Mumbai
8thFloor, 'C' Wing, C-24, 'G' Block
Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (East)
Mumbai 400 051 Tel : (91) 022 26524207
Fax : (91) 022 26523895
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