State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender, agrees to co-lend to farmers with Adani Capital Pvt Ltd (Adani Capital), a non-bank affiliate of Adani Group. The bank’s relationship with Adani SBI targets farmer consumers in the hinterlands who are interested in adopting farm mechanization. SBI’s chairman says the bank is excited to work with Adani Capital on the co-lending program.
This collaboration assists SBI in expanding its client base, connecting with the country’s underserved farming segment, and contributing to the expansion of India’s farm economy. They also continue to collaborate with more NBFCs in order to reach out to as many people as possible in remote places and provide last-mile banking services.
The Adani SBI partnership is co-lending to farmers for the purchase of tractors and farm tools in order to boost farm efficiency and crop productivity. They are concentrating on the major issues confronting the Indian agriculture sector. Agriculture employs more than half of the workers in India. It is critical to our whole economy. Agriculture and allied sectors have long contributed significantly to our national income.
With the rise of the country’s other industrialized sectors in recent years, the share of contribution has gradually reduced. Agriculture and related activities supplied around 59% of total national income in 1950-51. This percentage fell to 40% in 1980-81 and then to 18% in 2008-09. However, India’s agricultural portion remains quite high in comparison to many affluent countries around the world. There are several challenges that the Adani SBI partnership aims to focus on; they are as follows:
Low agricultural productivity refers to the production of fewer crops in India. Farmers raise only enough food for their consumption, so they have no surplus to sell in the market. The less production reduces their income and exposes them to poverty. One of the most difficult aspects of subsistence farming is the minimal surplus production above and beyond the needs of the household. Agriculture institutions and infrastructure in India are weak.
Poverty, deprivation, and unequal distribution of land resources impede the emergence of a class of agricultural entrepreneurs.
The Adani Group’s NBFC (Non-Banking Finance Companies) arm co lends to farmers for the purchase of tractors and farm implements in order to boost farm efficiency and crop yield. The Adani SBI collaboration will allow it to target farmers in the country’s inner hinterland who are interested in adopting agricultural mechanization to increase crop yield.
SBI is aggressively seeking co-lending options with various NBFC (s) for funding farm mechanization, warehouse receipt finance, Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO (s)), and other organizations in order to increase credit flow and hence double farmers’ income.
The Adani SBI partnership helps SBI to expand its customer base
The biggest bank in India emphasized that it is currently investigating co-lending prospects with several NBFCs for financing agricultural mechanization, warehouse receipt finance, Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs), etc., in order to increase credit flow and double farmers’ income. The chairman of SBI, Dinesh Khara, stated that “this relationship shall allow SBI to develop customer base as well as connect with the underserved agricultural section of the country and further contribute towards the expansion of India’s farm economy.”
They’ll keep collaborating with more NBFCs to offer last-mile banking services and reach as many clients as possible in remote locations. “Through this partnership, we aim to contribute to farm mechanization and play a role in improving productivity and income of the farm segment,” stated Gaurav Gupta, MD & CEO of Adani Capital.
Farm mechanization and agricultural productivity are directly related because farm mechanization increases crop yield and farm revenue while saving time and labour, reducing drudgery, decreasing production costs over the long term, and reducing postharvest losses. Engineering and technology are used in agricultural operations to carry out tasks more effectively and increase output. The creation, administration, and use of all mechanical aids for field production, water control, material handling, storage, and processing are included in this.
The goal of Adani SBI is to aid in the mechanization of agriculture and to increase the productivity and revenue of the farm sector. It will make it possible to use inputs like water, seeds, herbicides, and fertilizers efficiently. Additionally, it will lower harvest losses and spoilage, which ultimately lowers the cost.
The Adani SBI collaboration is of great assistance to the Group since the SBI-led consortium has committed to finance a significant portion of the Adani Group’s $34,000 crore polyvinyl chloride (PVC) project in Mundra.