For the development of agricultural marketing infrastructure, the directorate of Marketing and Inspection, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India has launched the Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure (AMI) scheme that is the sub-scheme of the Integrated Scheme for Agricultural Marketing (ISAM) scheme.
The primary objective of the scheme includes the creation of scientific storage capacity with the allied facilities in the rural areas to meet out various requirements of farmers for storing farm produce, processed farm produce, agricultural inputs, etc., and the prevention of distress sale by creating the facility of loan and marketing credit.
Objectives of the scheme
Some of the main motives behind developing the Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure (AMI) scheme is stated as follows:
- The development of agricultural marketing infrastructure through the effective management of the surplus of commercial agricultural agriculture, including horticulture and allied sectors, including poultry fishing, dairy products, livestock and smaller forest products.
- In order to promote the latest technologies in the agriculture marketing
- For creating general awareness and giving training to entrepreneurs, market functionaries, farmers and other stakeholders on various aspects of agricultural marketing including standardisation, quality certification and grading.
- To encourage the private and cooperative sector investments to promote competitive alternative agricultural marketing infrastructure
- In order to promote the generation of scientific storage capacity for storing the farm produces, processed farm produce agricultural inputs and also to reduce post-harvest and handling losses
- Also, providing infrastructure facilities for grading, standardisation and quality certification of agricultural produce in order to protect a price and also promote pledge financing and marketing credit, negotiable warehousing receipt system and promotion of forward and futures markets to increase farmers’ income.
In order to avail of the Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure Scheme, the applicant must belong to the following beneficiaries:
- Group of farmers, growers
- Partnership, Proprietary firms, Companies, Corporations.
- Registered Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs).
- Self Help Groups (SHGs)
- Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)
- Autonomous Bodies of the Government, Local Bodies
- Cooperatives, Cooperative Marketing Federations
- Corporations for storage infrastructure projects,
- State agencies including the State Government Departments and autonomous
- A state-owned corporation or an organisation such as Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees and State Warehousing Corporation, etc
Documents required for application
The documents that are needed for the application of the Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure scheme are listed below:
- The forwarding letter of nordal office or controlling office of the financing branch
- The complete address with telephone or fax numbers of the control or node office and the financing office
- Advance subsidy claim application form of the financing branch
- Copy of claim form along with all the required documents
- Copy of detailed project report with item-wise details of the loan, costs, margin furnished and total outlay by the promoter with the technical and financial appraisal report from the Financial Institution
- The loan approval letter from the financial institution along with copies of invoices for the purchase of machinery or infrastructure projects
- The land-related documents where the project is going to be established.
- A notarized affidavit executed by the promoter on a non-judicial stamp paper