Agriculture is more than just sowing the seed and selling the produce to the market. Agriculture is in the heart of India, ingrained into the very culture and the way we behave. Moving with this thought, Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI), in its meeting held on December 28, 2020 at Kisan Ghat, pledges to promote the message of “Beej Se Bazaar Tak’ to take India’s agricultural growth to the newer heights. CNRI aspires to take this message to 50,000 selected Panchayats in 115 aspirational districts in next two month with the help of the consortium of NGOs and farmer leaders.

The meeting was held along with some of the leaders that included Mr. Raghupati Singh, Executive Chairman, CNRI, as the Chief Guest, and Mr. Gunavant Patil, Farmer leader, Shetkari Shangathana, and Binod Anand, Secretary General, CNRI, (Agri- Expert), as the expert.

The key highlights from the meeting are below:

  1. CNRI resolved to work with SFAC, NABARD, NCDC and NAFED along with Extension Directorate to contribute its grassroots network of Social Mobilization and empowering FPOs of all categories in the most challenging zone.
  2. It will further create a knowledge management portal to highlight the successful stories especially in value addition of All agro climatic zones.
  3. Inspired by the message of Swami Vivekananda and Philosophy of Integral Humanism, CNRI will create an ambience for a conflict free Panchayat and promote Indian farmers as the key driver of Indian rural economy.
  4. CNRI will form a committee under the joint leadership of Dr. Mohan Kanda, Dr. R.B. Singh and Dr. H.P. Singh to set up the process of dialoguing and collecting feedback from 50,000 Panchayats in the next two months.
  5. CNRI will work to create commodity wise groups, which will help creating an Agri-led growth environment in the country.

Addressing the session, Dr. R.B. Singh (Past President NAAS), and Member of National Farmers Commission (Swaminathan Committee), said: “We solicit to create a paradigm shift in the Agriculture sector and make it free from regulations and Red Tapism. The current reforms suggested is a step towards that and will shift the crop pattern if Institutional reforms can take place. We, together will keep the dialogue process on in the interest of vibrant Rural India.”

Adding to this, Mr. Gunavant Patil said: “CNRI consortium feels that the current reforms in the farmers bill is an opportunity to create Gram Swarajya and will empower farmers if implemented in true spirits.”