National Seminar on Emerging Issues in Contract Farming in India 2009 will provide a common platform to PG student and research scholar, faculty of Universities/Colleges/research institutions and people from Governments, firms, companies, NGO’s etc. interested in the concerning field to share and discuss on the emerging issues in contract farming. Contract farming as an organizational arrangement agreed upon between a farmer and a business company in which the former grows and supply high-value farm products to the latter, is emerging in India as a panacea for a number of production and marketing problems faced by farmers. However, contract farming in India has brought in its train several issues most of which are seemingly serious and threaten to endanger food security, environment and biodiversity; apart from stirring up equity issues in respect of distribution of farm income and disturbing the traditional rural socio-cultural milieu. Considering these emerging issues, this seminar is quite timely and it is intended to lay threadbare the various implications of contract farming.
The Seminar will focus on the following themes:
Growth of contract farming in India, Policy imperatives for promotion of contract
Farming, Legal issues and legal framework for contract Farming, Institutional arrangements for contract farming, Export promotions thorough contract farming, Contract farming vis-à-vis conventional agriculture and its implications for Food security, Equity issues in agriculture, Agricultural incomes and prices, Agricultural credit, Agricultural labour, Agricultural marketing, Bio-diversity & Rural socio-cultural milieu.