India is an agricultural country. In this agrarian country, the aim of the Government of India is to make farmers more and more businessmen, and keeping this aim in mind, the government has launched many agribusiness schemes.
Some of these schemes like storage schemes, fishing schemes, horticulture schemes, mushroom cultivation, animal husbandry, poultry farming, one district one product, and many agricultural business schemes have been started.
Some of these schemes and their format are given below, by reading which you can start your agriculture business.
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AGRI CLINIC AND AGRIBUSINESS CENTRES SCHEME -ACABC SCHEME
According to the business model, regional needs, and farmer affordability, the Government of India has created a program in collaboration with NABARD to support public extension activities by offering extension and other services to farmers on a fee- or free-of-cost basis.
The initiative intends to assist agricultural growth and provide unemployed agricultural graduates, diploma holders, and graduates with postgraduate degrees in agriculture-related courses with chances for productive self-employment. You can apply for ACABC scheme.
Development of Commercial Horticulture through Production and Post-Harvest Management
For new agricultural businesses, the Indian government and NABARD are providing a credit-linked back-ended subsidy.
The subsidy amounts to a maximum of Rs 25–50 lakh per project in general areas and Rs 30–60 lakh in Northeastern, hilly, and scheduled areas, or a range of 20–40% of the project cost.
When growing high-value, capital-intensive commodities like date palms, olives, and saffron outside or under protection, the subsidy is increased. Additionally, plastic boxes are eligible for a 50% discount.
Those who want to launch their own agriculture company should take advantage of this scheme.
Agri Clinic and agribusiness centers scheme
A program to advance farming practices throughout the nation has been launched by the Indian government in collaboration with NABARD.
The program’s objective is to give agriculture graduates the chance to open their own AgriClinic or AgriBusiness Center, enabling them to offer qualified extension services to farmers and generate profitable self-employment prospects.
For graduates in agriculture-related subjects like horticulture, sericulture, veterinary sciences, forestry, dairy, poultry farming, and fisheries, the program also offers start-up training. After completing the course, participants can apply for specialized start-up loans to fund the launch of their businesses.
In order to support agricultural development and provide opportunities for self-employment for agricultural graduates, the program offers full financial support for training and mentoring in addition to loans and credit-linked back-end composite subsidies, including a credit-linked back-ended subsidy of 20% of the total project cost, up to Rs 25 lakh per project in general areas, and higher subsidy rates in hilly and scheduled areas.
Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure (AIM)
The program attempts to boost farmers’ income and lessen the need for distress sales by enhancing agricultural commercial infrastructure, such as storage.
It encourages the use of new technology, creates innovative and competitive marketing channels, and supports value-addition and small-scale processing.
Additionally, by encouraging the creation of GrAMs and supporting their integration with the e-NAM site, the program seeks to strengthen the connection between farmers and customers.
Infrastructure for grading, standardization, and quality certification of agricultural and related products is also included in the program. Farmers, states, cooperatives, and private sector investments are all eligible for subsidy support, which is provided in amounts between 25% and 33.33%. Through NABARD, NCDC, and DMI/DAC&FW, the subsidy is distributed.
Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme for construction Storages of Horticulture Products
The National Horticulture Board has a program called “Capital Investment Subsidy for Construction/Expansion/Modernization of Cold Storages and Storages for Horticulture Products” that offers credit-linked, back-ended subsidies of 35% of the capital cost of the project in general areas and 50% in the case of the North East, Hilly States, and Scheduled areas for cold storage capacity above 5000 MT and up to 10000 MT.
There is presently no plan to enhance the National Horticulture Board’s subsidy for building cold storage facilities.
The policy is for specified regions and storage capacities.
Technology Development and Transfer for Promotion of Horticulture
The National Horticulture Board is aiming to encourage farmers to embrace and enhance their farming methods by promoting new technology, tools, and processes.
This entails enhancing farmers’ technical proficiency through the sharing of knowledge and combining research initiatives to tackle particular issues.
With an emphasis on internal and export marketing, the Board also focuses on locating, gathering, and popularising indigenous crops and other flora of horticultural interest.
The ultimate objective is to improve conventional farming practices and post-harvest management techniques while acquainting and exposing farmers to current scientific principles.
Market Information Scheme for horticulture Crops
The National Horticulture Board has started a plan to enhance the commercialization and adoption of new technologies in horticulture through the introduction of new concepts, the upgrading of skills, the combining of research efforts, and the promotion of indigenous crops.
In order to prepare farmers’ advisories, gather and disseminate information on international prices, compile a horticulture database, and prepare wholesale and retail prices, trends, and arrivals of fruits, vegetables, and flowers in various markets, the plan focuses on gathering information on these topics.
The NHB will implement this plan by outsourcing current marketing/professional firms, creating a dedicated cell for online data entry, analysis, dissemination, and website maintenance, and expanding market coverage from the current 36 fruits and vegetable markets to 100 markets.
Organic Farming Subsidy Scheme
To encourage organic farming and increase horticultural production, the Indian government offers a number of programs.
The Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) supports PGS-certified, cluster-based organic farming and offers farmers financial aid of Rs. 50,000 per hectare over three years for organic inputs.
The Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER) supports the establishment of farmers’ producer organizations while promoting organic farming of specialized crops in the northeastern region with an eye toward exports.
Farmers are given the assistance of Rs 25,000/ha/3 years for organic inputs. The Soil Health Management Scheme’s Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme (CISS) helps state governments and private organizations set up mechanized compost-producing units for fruit and vegetable waste.