27th Oct. 2009. Committee of Secretaries (COS) in its meeting on12-11-2009 has decided to initiate demerger proceeding for 27 units and it was also decided to extend bid validity.
The State Government has already proclaimed Public-Private Partnership as one of the major
policy intervention to invite private investment and ensure local participation for the success of schemes/ Projects. However, in the field of agriculture, involvement of the private sector in input availability/
distribution and extension services is now growing faster. Some of the initiatives are as follows:-
One progressive farmer has been identified as Kisan Mitra having agriculture background for technology dissemination at each Gram Panchayat level. Kisan Mitra are directly linked with KVK/KGK for capacity building. At present 52000 Kisan Mitra have been placed.
At each Nyaya Panchayat level group of progressive farmers have been developed under the umbrella of Kisan Vidhyalaya. At present more than 1700 are functional and have been effectively linked with Kisan Mitra at Gram Panchayat level and KVK/KGk at district level for technology dissemination.
Placement of subject matter specialist at Nyay Panchayat level under RKVY has been initiated.
Agriculture extension network of department of Agriculture has been revitalized. Kisan Sahayaks, the grass root extension workers of the department are disseminating technology at grass root level with the help of Kisan Mitra, Kisan Vidhyalaya, Kisan Clubs and SHGs.
Highest priority has been accorded to develop a network between SAUs. KVKs, KGKs, and other similar research agencies, farmers, Kisan Sahayak, and farmer's organization like Farmer's Field School under Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA).
Public-Private Partnership has been intensified in the field of tec hnology dissemination, extension activities, soil testing, agribusiness and agr- clinics.
Rajya Krishi Utpadan Mandi Parishad has approved a new (PPP) Public -Private Partnership model for providing post harvest management facilities in its 287 Mandies all over the state. In this scheme the land of concerned Mandi Samiti will be identified for specific agricultural produce of the area for various post harvest management facilities like grading, washing, sorting, packaging, ripening, storage, facilities, cool chain etc. Based on competitive bidding the land will be given to entrepreneurs for 30 years on lease basis, renewal for further 20 years on 10% lease rent. The process of identification of various mandis for specific agricultural produce and specific post harvest management facilities has already commenced. Upon completion of this process proposals will be invited from Private entrepreneurs for setting up these facilities.
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