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Improve farm output delivery system: WB

N MARTIEN, Special Representative to the World Bank (WB), said here on Saturday that wastage of agricultural products in India during transportation reflected inefficiency in the delivery system.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 01:19 IST

N MARTIEN, Special Representative to the World Bank (WB), said here on Saturday that wastage of agricultural products in India during transportation reflected inefficiency in the delivery system.

Making a presentation on ‘From competition at home to competing abroad—a case study of horticulture’ at the ‘Development Meet on UP Agriculture’ organised by Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), New Delhi, at Hotel Taj Residency, Martien said there were a few ‘refrigerated trucks’ available but they demanded high transportation cost.

“Indian farmers are a competitive lot, but their competitiveness is affected because of improper marketing of agricultural commodities and poor logistics,” he said.

Regarding the current agricultural tariffs in India, Martien said, “The existing tariffs neither benefit the farmers nor the consumers. India is relatively a producer of low cost agricultural goods. However, its logistics and intermediation costs to sell agricultural output is higher than the production cost.” K S Money, Chairman, APEDA, commented: “We need to improve the delivery system. The APEDA is already helping farmers register as exporters with it. In the process, the APEDA also tells farmers how to adopt good agricultural practices.”

A K Mishra, Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Government of UP, said the per capita loan available in UP to a farmer was merely Rs 4,000. The cost of acquiring such a loan was also very high at 11 per cent”.

Dr R B Singh, Member, National Commission on Farmers said that UP had the largest proportion of the poorest of the poor. “It is to be found out why UP, despite having such a huge agricultural base in the country, does not get the largest share of farm insurance,” he added.

R D Shroff, Chairman of United Phosphorus Ltd (UPL), said that one should not just talk to the farmers but also demonstrate methods to improve agricultural productivity.

M Prabhakara Rao, Managing Director of Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd, said once cotton was a very important crop in UP. The times were changing and cotton could again become a very important crop, he said.

N C Bajpai, Agriculture Production Commissioner, said the Regional Rural Banks (RRBs), which were supposed to help small and marginal farmers, were not doing so in the state. Later, talking to HT, Jayati Chandra, principal secretary, Food Processing, said while executing the World Bank (WB) projects, one must focus not only on efficient delivery of services but also on reducing the delivery cost.