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For the creation of agricultural marketing infrastructure, Directorate of Marketing & Inspection, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India has launched ‘Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure (AMI) scheme as a sub-scheme of Integrated Scheme for Agricultural Marketing (ISAM) scheme. Main objectives of the scheme include the creation of scientific storage capacity with allied facilities in rural areas to meet out various requirements of farmers for storing farm produce, processed farm produce, agricultural inputs, etc., and prevention of distress sale by creating the facility of pledge loan and marketing credit. In this article, we will look at the Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure Scheme in detail.
Objectives of Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure Scheme:
The primary objective of the Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure (AMI) Scheme is listed as follows:
- For Developing the agricultural marketing infrastructure by effectively managing the marketable surplus of agriculture including horticulture including horticulture and of allied sectors including poultry, fishery, dairy, livestock and minor forest produce
- For promoting the latest technologies in the agriculture marketing
- To create general awareness and give training to entrepreneurs, farmers, market functionaries and other stakeholders on various aspects of agricultural marketing including grading, standadization and quality certificaiton.
- encouraging the private and cooperative sector investments to promote competitive alternative agricultural marketing infrastructure
- Promoting direct markting and increase market efficiency through reduciton in intemediaries and handling channels thus enhancing farmers’ income
- To promote the creatio of scientific storage capacity for storing the farm produces, processed farm produce3 agricultural inputs and to reduce post-harvest and handing losses