The state government launched an ambitious project – State of Maharashtra Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (SMART) – in 10,000 villages with an objective to achieve sustainable farming within the next three years.
The project, which is being undertaken on a mammoth scale, will cover almost one-fourth of Maharashtra. The state has 40,913 villages. The focus is clearly on villages which are reeling under the worst agriculture crisis compounded by lack of infrastructure and assured value chains to channelize the farm produce.
State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (SMART) Project:
The objective of the project is to create and support value chains in post-harvest segments of agriculture, facilitate agribusiness investment, stimulate SMEs within the value chain.
It will also support resilient agriculture production systems, expand access to new and organized markets for producers and enhance private sector participation in the agribusiness.
It will cover almost one-fourth of Maharashtra. Its focus is on villages which are reeling under worst agriculture crisis compounded by lack of infrastructure and assured value chains to channelize farm produce.
The project is a giant step towards the transformation of the rural economy and the empowerment of farmers and also sustainable agriculture through public-private partnership (PPP) model.
It seeks to ensure higher production of crops and create a robust market mechanism to enable farmers to reap higher remunerations for the yield. It unites agriculture-oriented corporates and farmers by providing them with a common platform.