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Maha govt launched four schemes to promote agri entrepreneurship

The state government launched four schemes to promote entrepreneurship in agriculture and allied sectors among the economically backward segments. It would include imparting training to 2.5 lakh youths across rural Maharashtra.

Apart from providing loans and interest subsidies, there is a provision to impart skill development training in fields related to agro-industries and allied services. The larger objective is to generate employment avenues for rural youths in agriculture and related industries. From group farming to self help groups, all segments have been considered under the new project.

The four schemes were formally launched by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Friday in Mumbai. After unveiling the schemes, he said, “Almost 2.5 lakh youths would be provided skill development training under the schemes and provided wide channels for employment in agriculture and allied services. In the successive year, 2.5 lakh more youths would be enrolled.”

Emphasising that agriculture was the mainstay of economic growth in Maharashtra, he said, “The government is committed to providing robust infrastructure and financial support to youths to strengthen agriculture and industries across the state. The larger purpose is to promote group farming and entrepreneurship among youths.”

The Annasaheb Patil Arthik Backward Development Corporation (APABDC) is the nodal body for the four schemes. The corporation, which is provided a dedicated budget by the state government, would also provide interest waiver on loans availed by economically backward entrepreneurs in agriculture and related industries.