Agriculture and allied activities account for about 15.7 % of the country’s GDP and are estimated to employ about 124.7 million people as cultivators and 106.8 million as agricultural labor (Census 2001). Besides this Agriculture Industry employs a large number of people in the Organized and the Unorganized sector, the data pertaining to the same is however not available. Based on the assumptions of Food Grain Production and Manpower required to handle the total produced, the same is derived at (0.20 Million) for Organized and (1.95 Million) for the Unorganized sector. India has about 161 million hectares of arable land of which 55 million is irrigated. With the increase in population, the demand for food and Agri produce is increasing, but the supply is constant due to low agricultural productivity. This is predominantly due to improper Farm Management practices and loss in post-harvest handling. There is a requirement for a specific set of skills in the field of Agriculture.
About Agriculture Skill Council of India
Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI) has been set up as Section 25 company under the Companies act of Ministry of Company Affairs. ASCI will work towards building the Capacity around the Agriculture Industry and bridge the gap between laboratories to farm. The ASCI is targeting to touch/ upgrade skills of about 56.49 Million of Cultivators, Agricultural Labours and Direct and Indirect labor engaged in Organised and Unorganized Agriculture Industry viz, Farm Inputs, Procurement, Supply Chain, Warehousing / Logistics, etc. The Agriculture Skill Council of Indian (ASCI) is being designed to cater to the following customers of the Agriculture Industry