ICFA Working Group on

Being demographically the broadest economic sector, agriculture plays a significant role in the overall socio-economic fabric of India. It is ironic that even though we rank second worldwide in farm output, the economic contribution of agriculture to India's GDP is steadily declining. Despite sincere efforts by the government, agriculture continues to be an unprofitable venture for small and marginal farmers. Subsidies have made farmers unreceptive of risks and have led to the overuse of inputs, affecting soil health. The magnitude of challenges requires a holistic alliance of policymakers, agricultural scientists, extension specialists, industry and the community of practitioners to facilitate a comprehensive and impactful development and growth of agriculture, and its transition to agribusiness. Agriculture sector needs greater flow of knowledge, investments, latest technologies, innovative models, integrated chain, linking farm to fork and value chain development for farmers to get actual share of market pie spent on food by consumers.

Dr Anis Ansari


Former APC, Uttar Pradesh
Dr Panjab Singh


President, National Academy of Agriculture sciences
Mr Roshan Lal Tamak


President, DCM Shriram Group

To deliberate upon these challenges and formulate a blue print for Agricultural development in Uttar Pradesh, Indian Council of Food and Agriculture has constituted a 50 Member Working Group on Uttar Pradesh, chaired by Dr. Panjab Singh, President, National Academy of Agriculture Sciences and former Director General, ICAR. He is assisted by two Co-chair, Dr. Anis Ansari, former Agriculture Production Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh and Dr. PK Joshi, South Asia Director, IFPRI with Sh. RL Tamak, President, Shriram Group as the Convener. To facilitate a comprehensive growth of agriculture in the state, this working group will be mandated to mobilize national and global resources and act as a coordinator across stakeholders for a meaningful and impactful interventions. The forum will come up with vision documents concerning stewardship programs in each sub-sector, form specific task teams for implementation, organize stake-holders dialogues and follow up on important recommendations with concerned national and international agencies; and promote initiatives for farmers’ empowerment.

  • To organize workshops, seminars, policy dialogues on challenges and opportunities for growth and development of Agriculture in the state.
  • Follow up on actionable reforms and recommendations including those from earlier important reports with the concerned Ministries and National / International agencies.
  • To collate and document potential areas in the state for future investments and product development based on regional comparative advantages.
  • To provide a platform for international collaborations and consultancy services to the developing countries and undertake action research and documentation of best model for furthering developmental reforms.
  • To bring out occasional papers on innovative strategies based on action research, and present them to the nodal agencies and departments in the State Government.
  • To facilitate international partnerships and provide a platform for various national and international corporates to share their success stories and experiences and provide expert consultancies for good agriculture practices.
  • To strengthen the network for developing infrastructure and skill, mobilization of investments, technologies and promoting agro trade.
  • To promote public private sector partnerships and facilitate entrepreneurships development at all levels for comprehensive growth of Agriculture in the state.
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