The competitiveness of small-holder farmers and agribusinesses will be promoted by facilitating the development and establishment of demand-driven value chains through a participatory approach. An Agri-Business Promotion Facility (ABPF), established under the project, is being facilitate (i) the roll out of these participative value chains identification and stakeholder consultation; (ii) promote investments in agribusiness, foster backward and forward linkages in the value chains for agricultural products, facilitate access to finance by agribusiness entrepreneurs, and promote positive policy change; (iii) facilitate the implementation of Rajasthan‟s Agribusiness Policy; and (iv) mobilize national and state grants.
To promote investments, by agribusiness and other value chain participants, in the selected value chain commodities ABPF would provide pre investment advisory services to processors and producer companies – services covering a range of complex decisions and activities including development of profitable business models, location of plant, reaching internationally accepted quality and sanitary standards, developing a brand, improving workers productivity, finding buyers, approaching financial institutions, etc. This will be done through organizing stakeholder workshops in the clusters with an objective to identifying potentially viable agriculture commodities, setting the longer-term vision and objectives of these commodity value chains, identifying constraints and opportunities that are holding back growth and competitiveness and jointly agreeing with value chain participants and agribusiness on commercially viable solutions that can address these constraints.
To implement Agribusiness Policy of the state, ABPF is being facilitate the development of a network of market/producer linkages, provide an ongoing flow of useful information and facilitate a program of cross learning for accelerating economic development of Rajasthan‟s agricultural sector. It will also facilitate agriculture policy seminars thereby providing a forum for stakeholders in Rajasthan to discuss improvements to the agribusiness investment climate.
To access the state and national grants for, ABPF will provide technical assistance to farmer groups, producer organizations, processors, input suppliers, and other value chain participants to review their commercialization options and prepare viable business plans and investment proposals for funding under the these grant and also accessing commercial credit for other value chain participants.