Agriculture in India has a significant history. 70% of the population is dependent on farming as means of livelihood. As the result, it is a more manual driven process rather than technologically advanced process, resulting in poor yield and output. This opinion was made by Mr. Prabhakar Deshmukh, Commissioner of Pune while addressing at the first Rural Entrepreneurship Seminar at Baramati. He was talking on the topic of ‘how do agri-entreprenuerships contribute to the rural economy’. Mr. Sudarshan Suryavanshi (ISAP), Mr. Rajesh Urkude(head of m-KRISHI project), Mr. Abdul Rehman Ilyas (CEO-IKP center, Hyderabad) Shared dais to deliver valuable information about agri entreprenuership in this 2 days conference.
Mr. Prabhakar said, with cooperative farming, these drawbacks can be addressed and taken into consideration. He also emphasis that there is considerable soil degeneration and the Nitrogen levels in the soil were depleting since the last 30 years. With cooperative farming, it was possible to do farming in a scientific manner, using technology and generating better results and yields. Systematic grading and packaging will give quality assurance and better market prices. Involving women in the decision making and putting systems in place can generate immense work opportunities in the sector.