Cutting-Edge Technologies
Project Outcomes
Expansion Plan
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Socio-Economic Benefits

Far Reaching Socio-Economic Advantages to Indian Agriculture

The Project will bring far reaching socio-economic benefits to Rajasthan, Gujarat and other parts of India, especially by demonstrating reduction of poverty by incorporating smallholder development program (much admired and supported by NAIP) aimed at betterment of small and under privileged farmers. These advantages are as follows:
  • Increase in agriculture production through the best of Indian and global innovative farming technologies to sustain the Rajasthan economy and marginal farmers
  • Judicious use of limited water resources of Rajasthan deserts by employing highly efficient irrigation technologies such as subsurface irrigation networks not yet available in India
  • Considerably reducing post-harvest food production losses in Rajasthan by technological intervention and improved farm practices and establishing a fully integrated cold supply chain
  • Increasing employment in farming sector and substantially adding to skills development of Rajasthan farmers making them capable of engaging with new age farming techniques and practices, possibly much ahead of the rest of the country
  • Demonstrably reducing agrarian poverty by incorporating smallholder development program (much admired and supported by NAIP) aimed at unprecedented large-scale betterment of small and under privileged farmers of Rajasthan at Project cost
    • Special benefit to small farmers
      • In addition to Project activities and when business is up and running, TNTD Agritech will undertake, at a suitable time, certain corporate social responsibilities such as employing local people from the Project region and helping impart training in various agriculture trades. Also prominently included in these corporate social responsibilities will be the small farmer training program
      • The Project will aim to include training programs to improve the skills of the local population and participating small farmers. The Project will work with the government and the banks and financial institutions to involve the active commercial participation of local small farmers in the Project as an important element of the development
      • The development of the resources of the region, particularly underground water, has been identified as one of the key drivers for obtaining the overall future improvements targeted from the region for the benefit of the nation
  • Other major benefits to Rajasthan and Indian agricultural industry include:
    • At peak, this Project will potentially generate at least a total of Rs. 36,000 crores (USD 6 billion) per annum of new requirement of farm inputs including seeds, fertilizers, manures and other pesticides etc
    • The Project will provide a huge incentive to field equipment manufactures in India to produce advanced GPS controlled tractors which are compatible to new field practices and innovative irrigation systems such as sub-surface irrigation giving new dimension to Indian farm manufacturing industry
      • New sales of at least 100,000 hi tech GPS controlled tractors and innovative farm implements (each expected to cost about USD 100,000 possibly totaling to USD 10 Billion over a short five-year period)
      • Given the considerable scale of the Project, a significant impact of the Project can be brought to bear on national market farm produce price fluctuations through calibrated association with NAFED
  • Role model Project
    • Overall, the Project will yield a most needed living example of how a fully integrated supply chain can help India meet its rural socio-economic and food security objectives in an unprecedented way
  • Setting new standards in agri environmental sustainability
    • The Project will reverse desertization – treating water and soil salinity; tackling depletion of underground water; improving water harvesting
      • The Project will greatly improve water quality for farming, reduce water and fertilization intake per unit of output and enhance water harvesting in several effective ways
      • The Project suggests that in addition to providing water for each farm under the Krishi Jal Yojna it is equally, if not more importantly, required that each source of water (which is highly brackish in western Rajasthan is treated for agricultural purposes in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner and that the water is used efficiently

Several additional environmentally friendly measures will be adopted by the Project farms as follows:
Improve fuel efficiencies
  • The Project is seeking to utilize the most efficient transport system for production and supply of its products
    • The Project has requested Volvo, for example, who are a recognized leader in transport, to recommend its most efficient transport system for the Project
      • Volvo will be advised to finalize the most efficient fuel use and transport system for the various modes of transport required by the Project
    • The Project production platform aims to improve fuel efficiencies by minimizing cultivation passes
      • This will be achieved by using sustainable agricultural practices such as direct drilling and minimum till farming which improve fuel use efficiency by reducing fuel use and consumption as well as improve soil structure and nutritional health
Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • The Project aims to minimize its greenhouse gas emissions and reduce its carbon footprint
  • Increased use of renewable energy
    • The Project plans to move increasingly to use of solar power as the Project develops over time
      • This will be undertaken through the development of an associated solar power Project, using the latest solar power technology, to be implemented in conjunction with the Agritech Project
Reduction of product waste
  • The Project aims to recycle its waste product and reduce its waste to a minimum
  • All waste plant material will be recycled and composted and returned to fields as organic fertilizer or used in bio mass produced energy
  • All waste water will be stored, recycled, treated if necessary, and reused in the Project
Accreditation and quality assurance - Global GAP et al
  • The Project over time will be accredited for the appropriate requirements of retailers
  • It is intended at this stage to adopt the Global GAP accreditation as early as possible for fruit and vegetables under the latest Version 5.1 - Control points and compliance criteria, FV1 to FV5, and any current updates. Under this scheme there should be no need for multiple audits
  • It is intended to engage Indian and internationally recognised specialist personnel to advise the Project on the key aspects of establishment and maintenance of the necessary bench marks and records that meet the customer specifications for this accreditation scheme
Eco-tourism at the desert farms
  • In close cooperation with renowned wellness experts Samuel Creations of Switzerland, the Project will develop a world class eco-tourism infrastructure. In addition, through a global network the Project will aim to attract worldwide attention to the unique achievements of revolutionary desert agriculture in Rajasthan and Gujarat
Production of crops and pastures utilizing irrigation and leading-edge technology
  • The second stream of work would be to develop a market for the production of high value-added crops and products that can be supplied to the food services sector and the local markets. These crops would be grown utilizing the leading-edge technologies and the marketing would include the integration of the Project output into a supply chain system
  • There would be a diversified range of products supplied to minimize the financial, market and seasonal risks. However, this aspect of the Project would focus on high technology horticulture and dairy output. Leading-edge technology would be integrated at all levels of the supply chain system from production through to processing and marketing of products
  • Technologies such as intensive greenhouse production, drip irrigation and fertigation, use of high yielding varieties, precision watering and precision farming using satellite positioning techniques for crop establishment and husbandry operations would be implemented
Research & Development/training collaboration – tomorrow’s R&D
  • While the Project development will be directed principally to commercial outputs, it would be envisaged that in both areas of development in the Project area, collaboration with the Indian authorities for demonstrating the application of the technologies to the Indian farming sector and collaboration with the Indian research organizations for research and development and also for training purposes, would be an important aspect of the long-term benefits of the Project.