Energy Smart Agriculture

Gurpreet Singh and Nilachala Acharya are with the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability. Views expressed here are personal
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Energy Smart Agriculture
Energy is needed in all steps along the agrifood chain: in the production of crops, fish, livestock and forestry products; in post-harvest operations; in food storage and processing; in food transport and distribution; and in food preparation. Direct energy includes electricity, mechanical power,...
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There is much to gain for FPOs if they converge with local SHGs. Nothing is more amenable for SHGs than delegating the responsibility of building and operating CFCs on behalf of FPOs.
While farmer producer organisations (FPOs) are gaining momentum in all fronts related to value chain development endeavours of their focused commodities, self-help groups (SHGs) are reaching the next orbit of livelihoods development programs through cluster-based approach.
But these two important developmental initiatives are taking place in isolation like two alien entities in the rural socio-economic eco-system.
The binary approach is mostly because of the watertight operations of two-line departments monitoring the two different important development activities:
•    Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD)-National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) operating through respective state Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLMs) for SHGs
•    Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare (MoA & FW)-Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for FPOs
•    Ch Radhika Rani is an associate professor and head, Centre for Agrarian Studies, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), Hyderabad
•    R Divakar is  Lead Technical, FPO, Centre for Agrarian Studies, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), Hyderabad