Chair Person

Mr. Umeshchandra Sarangi (IAS Retd.)

Force Motors Ltd.

Officer Incharge

Mr. Shantanu Jagtap, Director

With a view to professionalize, strengthen and commercialize Agriculture and its Allied Activities, MCCIA started the Agriculture & Agribusiness Committee in 1992

Following activities are carried on by the committee.

  • Government Representations
  • Interventions in Policy Measures
  • Create and Enhance Awareness of the Government Measures and Regulations
  • Business linkages between Farmers and Agriculture & Food Processing Units
  • Information dissemination through seminars, workshops, discussion meetings on various Agribusiness Subjects.


  • The first Internet based ‘Gramin Information Centre’ (GIC) was formed by MCCIA. Later on, DoA, replicated this model and formed 330 such centers named as ‘Bazaar Mahiti Kendras’. The rural community is using these centers for sourcing the Agriculture Market information through Internet.
  • The Agriculture Committee worked with UNIDO and developed Pune Food Cluster.ase
  • Formation of Agriculture and Food Testing Laboratory NAFARI with the support of Ministry of Food Processing Industry, GoI and MCCIA Food Industry Members.
  • Prepared a comprehensive draft for ‘Agro Industrial Policy’ for GoM.
  • Represented Agri-Food Sector on the State level Government Committees, DoA.
  • Released Agriculture Food Directories, Publications and Perspective Plan for Banana crop.
  • Formation of ‘Agri Forum’ for commercial Agriculture & Agribusiness activities for New Developments, Technologies in Agriculture and Business & Networking Meetings.
  • Organized International event, Agriculture Farm Machinery Expo & Trials cum Demonstrations of Advanced Italian Farm Machineries which was first of its kind exposition in Pune.
  • Collaborated with NABARD, FICCI, USA Soy Council, MSAMB, MACP, NHM, ASCI for Agribusiness events.
  • Formation of Agri-Horticulture Commodity Clusters such as: Fruits & Vegetables Cluster, Maharashtra Irrigation Association, Maharashtra Lime Growers’ Association, Maharashtra Papaya Growers’ Association.