To improve local economy, we need adequate improving market linkages and infrastructure support. Which can be storages, transport and, most important, organizing farmer-producer groups so that people can produce and reach the market in a more coordinated manner. Information symmetry on markets is very critical in all value chain intervention so that people get better realization for their produce.
We believe that important strand is to build the skills of people and help them become entrepreneurs. Marketing linkages and transport can provide work in both immediate, medium and long run as well. Opportunities can be created in villages and small towns to set up local village enterprises. Agro-processing needs medium-level entrepreneurs and required collectivization. It’s difficult for small and marginal farmers to set up an agro-processing unit. Mostly investors don’t want to go to small towns, remote rural areas, because of infrastructure, transport, electricity and perhaps some law-and-order issues. Mostly bank linkages are not happening adequately. So, there is need to investment from philanthropic. Promoting Producer Organizations can be one of the important interventions.
Mobilization and leveraging of bigger processing units downscale their smaller units to towns and villages can have multiple impacts. It will take the urbanization process into smaller towns. It will help to grow small towns and convert in growth centers. The villages will be better places to live, and it will check distress migration.
Currently we are striving for unleashing the potential of women through promoting enterprises. We have promoted enterprises units where women are engaging in production of spices, pulses, pickle and Apparel, crafts products and agriculture value chain as well. To set up robust farmer-producer institutions which will have capital and the risk-taking ability to set up processing zones. There is need to help from all the government, philanthropic for making it sustainable so that large chunk of rural community can benefit.