Outcome-based subsidies are vital for innovation: Experts

Jannie Delucca

Subsidies primarily based on outcomes instead than enter-oriented would be the most effective way to go forward for promoting innovation, experts explained, while collaborating in a panel dialogue at the BusinessLine Agri Summit right here on Friday.

“Outcome-primarily based subsidies can be a driver for bringing in technological innovation into Indian farming. For example, Nabard before made use of to give jobs which are enter-oriented. Now, Nabard transformed it. Now, its jobs insist on outcomes and the renumeration is now joined to the final result,” explained M L Jat, Principal Scientist and Systems Agronomist at the Worldwide Maize and Wheat Improverment Middle.

“When we speak about technological innovation, the perception we have is that technological innovation could be panacea for agriculture. That is not essentially the circumstance. There are quite a few stakeholders in agriculture. Prioritisation is critical when technological innovation is believed of,” explained Sandeep Malhotra, Chief Executive Officer of IFFCO Kisan, while conversing at a panel dialogue moderated by N Madhavan, Senior Associate Editor of BusinessLine.

Changing farmer mindset is very essential, Malhotra explained. Giving the example of agricultural extension workers who are at present close to one.five lakh in the region, Malhotra explained at present they attain out to 25-30 farmers each. Can technological innovation be made use of to improve the quantity to 100 or far more?, he requested.

He explained IFFCO Kisan geomap each and each individual farm they do the job with. “There are about five lakh farmers on board at present and we are in a far better situation to influence them meaningfully,” Malhotra explained.

Footprint in Africa

Naveen Chaurasia Vice-President of OLAM, explained: “Our motto is very equivalent to that this conference, which is Re-Imagining India’s Agriculture.” Citing the example of Ivory Coastline, wherever OLAM commenced working very early on, Chaurasia explained the African region available them an location which is minimum effective to do the job on. “We have a whole lot of farming footprint in Africa. Particularly Ivory coast. The location presented to us by the Ivory Coastline federal government was bad and minimum effective. We labored with 2,000 farms. We were being giving them advisories, every little thing that they require for doing farming, increase cotton in a sustainable way, with minimum amount fertilisers, pesticide and water. The farmers were being receiving a generate of far better quality cotton of 260 kg per hectare which went up to 560 kg a hectare just after our intervention that way too with 50 per cent considerably less water and other agri inputs,’’ Chaurasia explained.

What is require is to marry farm systems with policy assistance. We require to give farmers a bouquet of applications that can give them a myriad of chances,” explained V Ramanathan of Rallis India. He reminded the audience how the crop efficiency of cotton noticed a spectacular rise in the decades subsequent the introduction of Bt cotton in 2002.

M Jawaharlal, Director of Extension Education at Tamil Nadu Agricultural College, explained a whole lot of systems are obtainable whether or not they do the job is the problem.

He explained TNAU imparts instruction to a quantity of youth to turn out to be entrepreneurs in the food stuff space. Giving the example of marigold cultivation in Tamil Nadu, which TNAU launched, he explained farmers even with compact patches of land are earning far better as the cost of the flowers, which is also made use of for extracting a pigment, went substantially.

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