Indian farmers need to upgrade standards of production: Dutch expert

May 25, 2013 05:00 AM Wim Van Den Berg, Director of the Netherlands-based company, Van Amerongen CA Technology, said that Indian farmers would need to have better contacts with the market to raise their profits.
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Bringing entrepreneurship to the doorstep of farmers

May 16, 2013 05:00 PM Laxmi Prakash Semwal, Chairman of Shri Jagdamba Samiti (SJS), a Rishikesh-based NGO, believes that a business-driven model can not only empower marginalised farmers but can also promote sustainable socio-economic development. OneWorld South Asia speaks to the man behind the apple project in Uttarakhand. Excerpts from the interview.

Ensuring a profit for the small farmer

May 16, 2013 04:00 PM Stichting Het Groene Woudt (SHGW), a Dutch family foundation, promotes sustained economic development in rural areas of developing countries like India. Dipankar Borah representing SHGW in India, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, says that consumers can enjoy better quality products if the farmers are assured of a price for their produce. Excerpts from the interview.
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Collection centres empower small farmers

May 16, 2013 01:30 PM There is a silent revolution happening in the apple hills of India. An initiative to empower the small farmers of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh has taken root wherein they are setting up joint venture companies. Six such companies, initially funded by an investor, are on the ground and the farmers eventually hope to own them once the money is repaid back to the investor.
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Innovative strategies bridge the farmer-consumer gap

May 15, 2013 01:15 PM Himalayan NGO, Shri Jagdamba Samiti (SJS), is engaged in the task of empowering small apple farmers in the North Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, by enabling them to move up the economic chain. Tarini, Manager, Inclusive Business Development, at SJS, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, said that innovative strategies can go a long way in bringing added value to the farmers. Excerpts from the interview.
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India’s Minister for Water Resources, Harish Rawat, lauds the innovative apple project of Uttarakhand, a model that has freed small apple farmers from the clutches of middlemen besides introducing business acumen in them.
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