Government of Karnataka and 2030WRG Partner with Private Sector for Ramthal Drip to Market Agro Corridor Initiative

First-of-its-kind project in India, receiving global recognition, with the private sector playing a major role in procurement of high-value crops

Bengaluru, December 13, 2017: The Government of Karnataka (GoK) today signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with seven private sector companies for procuring high-value agricultural and horticultural produce, and building farmer capacity on best practices in the Ramthal project area. This engagement is a part of the Drip-to-Market Agro Corridor (DMAC), a large-scale initiative on connecting drip irrigated areas with market linkages, conceptualized by the Government of Karnataka in partnership with 2030 Water Resources Group (2030WRG). With representation from GoK’s Departments of Water Resources, Agriculture, Horticulture, Watershed Development, as well as private sector, the MOU signing workshop focused on fostering an alliance of private sector partners in this pioneering initiative.

The workshop follows from an initial wave of six MOUs signed with private sector in July 2017. Structured as four-way MoUs among private sector companies and the GoK’s Departments of Water Resources, Agriculture and Horticulture, the strong response from private sector endorses the project’s benefits in providing companies a stable environment to establish a sustainable supply chain for high-value crops, with assured water supply and efficiency in water use.