Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

ISAP Monthly E-newsletter, Volume 8, Issue:11 (Aug, 2015)

INDEX

- ISAP Activities

-Prominent Contributors to Agriculture

- Science & Technology

- News Highlights

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ISAP, the parent body of IAP, which also started as an electronic group in 2001 and achieved the following highlights since then:
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  • Reached 1500 Villages, 49 blocks, 27 districts in 15 States
  • Touched and transformed the lives of 5 lakh Indian farming families
  • Provided Entrepreneurship Development training to 3396 agri-graduates and incubated 1059 successful ventures
  • Trained 6611 BPL rural youth on vocational skills and helped them gain meaningful livelihoods.
  • Certified 467 agri-graduates under India Crop Certified Adviser Program
  • Satisfactorily answered more than 5 lakh farmer queries through our Kisan Call Centres (KCC) in Bhopal (MP) and Gulbarga (Karnataka)
  • Successfully established two 100 bedded rural hospitals in West Bengal
  • Successfully running multi-seater health helpline in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Set up 36 water treatment plants for village drinking water supply schemes in various states
  • Successfully running Community Radio Station "Kissan Vani Sironj" in District vidisha (M.P)
  • Created more than 100 farmer producer companies owned by @100,000 farmers across India

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ISAP Activities

OCPF-IFS Project, Rajasthan


ISAP has initiated OCPF-IFS project in the districts of Baran, Bundi and Sawai Madhopur (Rajasthan). Main objective of this program is to strengthen food and nutrition security and to improve livelihood of small and marginal farmers of Southeastern Rajasthan. Program is also aimed at building efficient and cost effective collaboration between producers, industry, governments, civil society organizations and other stakeholders for commodity based development. A total of 9600 farmers in 173 villages will be directly benefitted with this program.

Monthly Activities :-

August month witnessed lot of actions in OCPF-IFS project. One of the major components of OCPF-IFS Project is to set up FPO based seed delivery system. In August month, nearly six trainings were conducted on seed production. Under IFS component, around 200 farmers were provided training on apiary. Also, 3 medical camps were held in the project region.

Seed production at community level will be carried out for crops like mustard, spinach, fenugreek, pea, carrot, onion and wheat on 30 acres land collectively for all the 6 blocks. These seeds will be marketed as truthfully labeled seeds by Farmer Producer Organizations in their respective areas. However, the primary clientele will be the project farmers .

Glimpses of the training on community seed production work

Under IFS segment, training was conducted on technical aspects of Apiculture to the interested farmers. Subject matter specialist on Apiculture, Ms Sunila Beniwal shared the knowledge on honey bee keeping with the farmers in Bundi, Baran and Sawai Madhopur districts. Select farmers will be provided desired support to start the bee-keeping activities.

Glimpses of health camps at Kishanganj and Anta block

Under the project, ISAP has planned to organize 12 medical camps in year 2015-16. In August, ISAP has conducted 3 medical camps. One medical camp was organized on Aug 26, 2015 in Akoda village, Hindoli block, distt Bundi and one camp was conducted in Sonwa village, Anta block, Distt Baran on Aug 28th, 2015. On August 31, camp was organized in Kankarda village, Kishanganj block, Distt Baran. In this camp, Dr Hemraj Suman and his assistant Sh Siraj Khan attended more than 200 patients. Technical support for organizing these camps was provided by Indian Society of Healthcare Professionals (ISHP).

Patients consulting the Doctor about their health issues during the health campaign at Hindoli block

Medicines being distributed to the patients in the medical camp

Glimpses of health camps at Kishanganj and Anta block

Under IFS interventions, medicinal plants have been introduced in potential areas. 400 saplings each of Belpatra and Karanj were distributed to selected farmers in Khandhar and Bonli block of Sawai Madhopur district. Both the plants are beneficial from medicinal aspects and economically benefitting to the farmers. The leaves of these trees are also going to be used for biopesticidal preparations by farmers for protection of crops at their own farms,

Glimpses of Karnataka Farmers Maha Society Board Meeting at Gulbarga district, Karnataka



OCPF-IFS Project, Karnataka

In phase I, OCPF-AES project was started as Soil health improvement and yield enhancement program. In span of four years, project got culminated into institutionalization of project farmers into “Producer organizations” (FPOs) and integration of these FPOs into the existing market value chain. In 1st phase, ISAP has formed total seven (7) Farmer Producer Organizations in districts of Gulbarga, Bidar and Raichur. In phase II, emphasis is largely on making these FPOs sustainable through market integration, infrastructure support and convergence with various schemes.

Monthly Activities :-

ISAP has formed a KARNATAKA FARMERS MAHA SOCIETY (a federation of FPOs in Karnataka) of farmers; this MAHA SOCIETY will have 9 members in Board of Management who are Presidents of already formed FPOs. As on date, 7 Farmer Producer Organizations in Karnataka are members of this MAHA SOCIETY. More FPOs will be joining this MAHA SOCEITY in coming days. ISAP is in process of setting up 25 more FPOs under various schemes in Karnataka. This MAHA SOCIETY will contribute mainly to business and market linkages, handling bankable business proposals, apprising FPOs on various government schemes, etc.

Glimpses of Farmers’ Mobilization Meeting organized by the block co-ordinators at Narnoor block of Adilabad district, Telangana


Under Integrated Farming System for OCPF-AES Karnataka, project farmers are encouraged to undertake allied activities & achieve better returns. Under this initiative, a total resource based convergence will be exercised in terms of cropping, horticultural activities, animal husbandry and aquaculture so as to deploy resource based outputs as input for another activity in a cyclic manner. Thus, the animal waste and crop waste will be recycled as organic manure, the additional income from allied activities will be converted as input for fodder and fruit / vegetable growing to get a daily cash supply and so forth. These synergies will help minimize production costs and maximise returns per unit area from all activities put together. Moreover, the entire cycle will be viable and sustainable. This year 70 farmers have been selected for IFS support. These farmers will be assisted to start Azolla cultivation, vermi compost, horticulture crops, agro forestry crops & goat rearing or poultry activities.

Distribution of horticulture and agro forestry plants to the IFS farmers

 

Project SHARE II

Project SHARE II, is the second phase of SHARE project i.e. Sustainable Harvest Agriculture Resources and Environment. It aims to create change agents among farmers of corn, cotton and vegetable crop farming and also includes the concept of Integrated Farming Systems and the concept of Model Village. During the course of the project, farmers will be mobilized to form FPOs, FIGs and the women from the farming households will be encouraged to form SHGs so as to channelize their income and savings. The project has been implemented in four states viz. Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra.

Monthly Activities :-

In the month of August, Farmers Awareness and Mobilization Meetings were organized in all the four states where farmers were introduced about the project objectives, expectations, methodology, organization and resources. Farmers’ registration process is also in progress. Registered farmers will further be grouped into FIGs and FPOs will be formed.

Glimpses of Farmers’ Mobilization Meeting organized by the block co-ordinators at Narnoor block of Adilabad district, Telangana

 

Glimpses of Farmers’ Mobilization Meeting conducted by the district coordinator at Sadar block of Gorakhpur district,Uttar Pradesh

 

Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH)-Haryana

Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for the holistic growth of the horticulture sector covering fruits, vegetables, root and tuber crops, mushrooms, spices, flowers, aromatic plants, coconut, cashew, cocoa and bamboo. For this purpose, ISAP as a resource institution has been given the responsibility to mobilize 3000 small and marginal farmers in Haryana. The farmers will be organized under Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), consisting of 1000 farmers in each FPO.

Monthly Activities :-

By now, more than 60% farmers have been mobilizedunder MIDH, Haryana and are organized into 109 Farmer Interest Groups (FIGs). These farmers are being educated on institution building, financial management, record keeping, etc. These farmer groups are encouraged to do savings and collection of share amounts from member farmers, which will help them build a reasonable share capital for undertaking business activities in future. These FIGs are also being assisted in opening bank accounts.

Training on Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs) like preparation of vermicompost, NADEP compost method, nursery preparation, Azolla cultivation, harvesting of tomato, harvesting of cabbage, etc., using audio visual aids are also going on, in the project site. Till date around 54 trainings have been conducted. These trainings are well received by the farmers. Some of innovative farmers have adopted modern technologies, taught during these training programs. ISAP is planning to conduct BODs election in the month of September for all the three FPOs.

Glimpse of farmer meeting at Sultanpuria village of Rania block, Sirsa

Glimpse of farmer meeting at Baniyakhera village of Pillukhera block, Jind

 

Vegetable Initiative for Urban Clusters (VIUC)-Ajmer

The idea behind VIUC initiative is to enhance production and productivity of Horticulture crops for fresh consumption at home by people living in urban and semi-urban environment. India is fortunate to be endowed with a variety of agro-climatic zones and has a tradition of growing a wide range of horticultural crops. Among the horticulture produce, vegetables have the largest share of production. Vegetables not only contribute to food basket of India but are also highly remunerative crops.

Monthly Activities :-

ISAP has identified Peesangan and Sri Nagar blocks of Ajmer district for implementing the project. Villages in the blocks have also been identified. So far 49 FIGs have been formed under the project. Out of the total 49 FIGs, 28 FIGs have been formed in Peesangan block and 21 FIGs in Sri Nagar block. So far, 82 farmer meetings have been conducted with a total farmer participation of 1164.

Glimpse of farmer meeting at Naandla village of Bhamta, Peesangan

Glimpse of farmer meeting at Srinagar block of Ajmer district

 

MP Special Project - Phase II

ISAP, as a resource institution, has got responsibility to mobilize eight thousand small and marginal farmers under eight Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO) (at the rate of one thousand farmers per FPO) in four districts of Madhya Pradesh by the name- Guna, Shivpuri, Sheopur and Hoshangabad.

Monthly Activities :-

The project aims towards improving crop production in the target areas and increase bargaining power of the farmers via collective action. For mobilization of farmers, ISAP has conducted various farmers meetings. So far 96 FIGs have been formed, under the project, covering 1710 farmers. Share collection and bank account opening process has also been initiated. So far 15 bank accounts have been opened and select FIGs have been able to raise a sum of Rs 52500 as share money from 620 farmers.

Glimpse of farmers meeting at Umardha village of Bankhedi block of Hoshangabad district

Glimpse of the farmers meeting at Mohodra village of Guna Block

 

FPO Promotion under Nation Food Security Mission (NFSM)

National Food Security Mission (NFSM) is a Central Scheme of GOI which aims to increase production and productivity of cereals, pulses and commercial crops on a sustainable basis with a view to ensure food security of the country. National Demonstration Project (NDP) is an initiative under National Food Security Mission, that aims to bridge the yield gap in respect of these crops through dissemination of improved technologies and farm management practices. Under NDP of NFSM, Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals has got the responsibility to promote Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) by mobilizing 5000 farmers each in three states namely Karnataka, Maharashtra and Telangana., As per the plan, 15 FPOs, each consisting of 1000 farmers, are to be formed in the mentioned states.

Monthly Activities :-

Mobilization of farmers has nearly been completed in this project. So far, a total of 785 group meetings and 270 trainings have been conducted for the FPO members. Election of Board of Directors for FPO has been completed for all 15 FPOs. A total of 180 crop demonstrations have been set up on pulses in all three states (Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telanagana ). Farmers are also being provided trainings on Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs) using audio visual devices.

Exposure visit of the member farmers of Shri Venkateshwara group from Bazarhatnoor block (Telangana) was also conducted. In the visit the farmers were made aware about good cultivation practices of Cotton and Red Gram. Select farmers also attended the awareness program on Equity grant & credit fund scheme, which was conducted by Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium(SFAC) in Hyderabad.

Glimpse of the field visit at Bazarhatnoor block, Telangana

Glimpse of awareness program conducted by SFAC

 

Karnataka Special Project

Karnataka Special Project is an initiative of Govt. of Karnataka in association with SFAC and various project implementing agencies. Under the project, ISAP has to form 15 Farmer Producer Organizations in 11 districts of Karnataka. The districts are- Gadag, Ballary, Koppal, Bidar, Raichur, Yadgir, Gulbarga, Hassan, Kodagu, Dharwad and Haveri.

Monthly Activities :-

So far 460 Farmer Interest Groups have been formed in the project districts in which total 9200 farmers have been enrolled. 95 bank accounts of the FIGs also have been opened. Till date total 257 farmer meetings have been conducted in which the farmers were made aware about the project. Share money collection from the farmer members has also been started. So far Rs 10,25,800/- has been raised as share money by FIGs from 862 project farmers.

Glimpse of farmer meeting at Papanase Tanda village of Gadag district

Glimpse of farmer meeting at Tarihal village, Hubli block


MP Special Project - Phase I

ISAP with support from Department of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium has been promoting FPOs in four blocks of MP. The blocks are Gurh and Huzur in Rewa district, and Rampur Naikin and Majhauli in Sidhi district. ISAP had been given the target of mobilizing 4000 small and marginal farmers for the project and organize 1000 farmers under every FPO. The MP team of ISAP, so far, has been able to mobilize 3757 farmers under 4 FPOs.

Monthly Activities :-

In the month of August’, as many as 15, board members of the four registered FPOs were made aware about activity details mentioned in Memorandum and Articles of the Association . of the company (FPO). The members discussed about business plans of the company and have applied for licenses to start fertilizers, seeds and pesticides business. The members also discussed about various schemes of the State Government of MP and how farmers can be benefited by those schemes.

Glimpse of farmer meeting at Majhauli

Glimpse of BOD meeting at Rampur Naikin


Agri-clinic Agri-business Program –

ISAP is running Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) in 12 states under the aegis of MANAGE. This training is provided to unemployed agriculture and allied sector graduates. After training, ISAP provides active hand-holding support to these trained agripreneurs for the setting up their own business venture. ISAP has so far trained 4400 agri-preneurs in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, J&K, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. Out of these 4400, around 1454 agripreneurs have established their independent business successfully. We share one such success story with our readers in each ISAP newsletter.

Success-story :-

Maitrayee Devi, a resident of Bongaigaon, Assam is a graduate in veterinary sciences from Assam Agriculture University (AAU). “My interest and love for working in the rural area inspired me to join ACABC training programme”, says Maitrayee. After completing the training of two months (09.09.2014 to 17.11.2014) at ISAP’s Guwahati centre, Dr. Maitreyee Devi gained the confidence to start her own venture. Initially she started the venture on a very small scale with an initial investment of 1.5 lakhs. The training provided her the motivation to fufill her long standing interest in goat farming from an early age. After sometime the increasing profits convinced her to extend the enterprise into a large scale bussiness. Presently she has a goat farm where she rears the good quality breeds of goat and also provides consultancy services to the farmers on goatry. Being a doctor she also extends veterinary services for animals of the near by rural villages. She motivates farmers to take up goatry as a business being highly profitable in nature.

She currently earns 5000 to 8000 INR per month and is able to provide her services to around 4-5 farmers in a month. “I manage to cover around 20 villages annually and I plan to expand the bussiness in future”, says a proud Maitrayee.

ISAP wishes Dr Maitrayee Devi best of luck for all her future endeavors.

Maitrayee Devi is available at –Contact No.: 8876383540 and email: maitrayeee@gmail.com

Maitrayee Devi carrying out goatry business

 

Science & Technology

Greeshma android app

M. Reddi Kumar, Plant Pathologist at the Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) of the Institute of Frontier Technology, developed an android application, Greeshma, which highlights various diseases affecting the crops and the requisite measures to control them. The app, which would be released in a few days, can work offline and is available free of cost. The app would not only specify the diseases affecting the crops but also indicate the changes in various stages of crop growth.

The app includes information about five major crops in Andhra Pradesh such as groundnut, paddy, sugarcane, sunflower and maize. 'Mushroom Cultivation’ details have also been incorporated. Further elucidating on the functioning of the app, Dr. Kumar said that there were provisions indicating the usage of pesticides, including dosage and other procedures for applying it to a particular crop. “Our main motto was to help the farmers identify the plant disease and take necessary action. It will also be helpful to agricultural officers, agricultural extension officers and students, due to its role as a repository,” he explained.

thehindu.com

 

Do you know

New discovery by an international collaboration of researchers from Tel Aviv University, Harvard University, Bar-Ilan University, and the University of Haifa offers the first evidence that trial plant cultivation began far earlier -- some 23,000 years ago. The study focuses on the discovery of the first weed species at the site of a sedentary human camp on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The plant material was found at the site of the Ohalo II people, who were fisher hunter-gatherers and established a sedentary human camp. The site bears the remains of six shelters and a particularly rich assemblage of plants. Upon retrieving and examining approximately 150,000 plant specimens, the researchers determined that early humans there had gathered over 140 species of plants. These included 13 known weeds mixed with edible cereals, such as wild emmer, wild barley, and wild oats. The researchers found a grinding slab -- a stone tool with which cereal starch granules were extracted -- as well as a distribution of seeds around this tool, reflecting that the cereal grains were processed for consumption. The large numbers of cereals showing specific kinds of scars on their seeds indicate the likelihood of those cereals growing in fields, and the presence of sickle blades indicates that these humans deliberately planned the harvest of cereal.

The new study offers evidence that early humans clearly functioned with a basic knowledge of agriculture and, perhaps more importantly, exhibited foresight and extensive agricultural planning far earlier than previously believed.

sciencedaily.com


Prominent Contributors to Agriculture

Verghese Kurien : (26 November 1921 – 9 September 2012) He was a renowned Indian social entrepreneur and is best known as the "Father of the White Revolution”, for his 'billion-litre idea' (Operation Flood) – the world's largest agricultural development programme. This transformed India from a milk-deficient nation to the world's largest milk producer, surpassing the United States of America in 1998. He founded around 30 institutions of excellence (like AMUL, GCMMF, IRMA, NDDB) which are owned, managed by farmers and run by professionals. As the founding chairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), Kurien was responsible for the creation and success of the Amul brand of dairy products. He was also appointed as the founder-chairman of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in 1965, to replicate Amul's "Anand model" nationwide. He is regarded as one of the greatest proponents of the cooperative movement in the world, his work having lifted millions out of poverty in India, and outside.

Wikipedia.org

News Highlights

Agriculture Ministry to be renamed as Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare

Seven decade-old Agriculture Ministry will be renamed as the Ministry for 'Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare' with a view to take care of farming community needs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today. Addressing the nation on the 69th Independence Day, Modi stressed on the need to increase agricultural productivity and said the government is making efforts to boost crop yields.

Emphasizing on welfare of farmers for the overall growth of the agri-sector, he said the government will rename the present Agriculture Ministry as 'Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Ministry'. Modi said the government is focusing on raising farm productivity, and providing electricity and irrigation to farmers. He said the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana had been launched with an outlay of Rs 50,000 crore.

Modi highlighted that the government has allowed 100 per cent production of neem-coated urea to check diversion of this key nutrients to chemical industry and asked farmers to use only neem-coated urea. He said the introduction of "neem-coated urea" has helped to end diversion of subsidised urea to non-agricultural purposes.


USDA to Approve Simplot's Genetically Engineered Potato

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops around the world."For historical reasons and current agriculture reasons, this is an important milestone," said Haven Baker, vice president of plant sciences at Simplot. "The Irish potato famine did change a lot of Western history. Even today — a 160 years later — late blight is a $5 billion problem for the global potato industry."

The USDA made the announcement Friday on its website. The Russet Burbank variety the USDA approved is the second generation of Simplot's Innate potatoes and also includes the first generation's reduced bruising and a greater reduction in a chemical produced at high temperatures some studies have shown can cause cancer. The second generation potato also includes an additional trait the company says will allow potatoes to be stored at colder temperatures longer to reduce food waste.

Baker notes that the modifications were made by silencing existing genes or adding genes from other types of potatoes. The late blight resistance, he said, came from an Argentinean variety of potato that naturally produced a defense to late blight.

"It's potato genes in the potato," he said. "There are clear benefits for everybody, and it's just a potato."

Source: newsradio1310.com


Haryana Agricultural University develops improved variety of Oats

Scientists of Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) here have developed an improved variety of oats, 'OS 377'. This variety has been released for cultivation in central zone of the country, said Vice-Chancellor Dr K S Khokhar here today. The new oats variety is better in yield and nutritional quality, he said.

Enumerating characteristics of 'OS 377' variety, Dr Khokhar said that it was a single cut variety suitable for timely sown and irrigated conditions. It provides 537 q/ha of green fodder and high dry matter of 122 q/ha, and it contained protein content as high as 8.5 per cent. Besides, its seeds yield potential was 25 q/ha and it was moderately resistant against leaf blight disease, he added.

Source: www.economictimes.com

 

Rajasthan to scale up olive cultivation area to 5,200 hectares

Aiming to make Rajasthan a hub for olives in India, the state government has decided to promote olive (Jaitun) cultivation in 5,200 hectares under various schemes this year, from the existing 240 hectares.

The desert state is also planning to boost production of olive oil, known for health benefits, from the current level of 10,000 litres and make the 'Raj Olive oil' an international brand. "Currently, olive cultivation is being undertaken in state-farm fields in 240 hectares as part of the Indo-Israel project.

Source: www.economictimes.com

 

Govt. approves interest subvention scheme for farmers

Farmers can now enjoy crop loans at just 4% next financial year as the government has approved implementation of interest rate subvention schemes with an extension, the Reserve Bank of India said in a notification on Thursday.

They can obtain such rate if they repay existing loans promptly. "This also implies that the farmers paying promptly would get short term crop loans @4% per annum during the year 2015-16. This benefit would not accrue to those farmers who repay after one year of availing of such loans," RBI said.

Earlier in the budget proposals, the government had mentioned about of 2% interest subvention scheme for the year 2015-16 for short term crop loans upto Rs 3 lakhs

Source: www.economictimes.com

 

Postal department to help farmers sell their produce online  

India's postal department is set to launch a pilot programme that seeks to help farmers sell their produce over the Internet, that too without spending a paisa on transport. The plan is to deploy postmasters in villages to collate details from farmers on their produce and upload the data online for traders to peruse and make decisions.

India Post, which is taking up the role of a mediator here, will launch the pilot project in two locations in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana over the next couple of weeks, said BV Sudhakar, the chief postmaster general of the circle covering the two Telugu-speaking states.

The initiative is part of India Post's efforts to put its vast network of post offices and employees into use at a time when the advent of emails and proliferation of mobile phones, instant chat apps and express courier services made its core service of delivering letters mostly irrelevant. The department's new areas of interest include financial services and insurance. It is also exploring new-age business opportunities to generate revenue.

Under the new project, postmasters will use smart phones to take photos of the farm commodities and upload the details on a website that will act as a trading platform.

Source:  www.economictimes.com


Maharashtra using drones, satellites to assess crop damage

Assessing crop losses due to deficit rainfall, the Maharashtra government turns to technology to ensure timely intervention and compensations for farmers in an area notorious for farmer suicides. Private weather forecaster Skymet is using drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to map 51 villages of Marathwada under a pilot project of the BJP-led state government, officials said.

The state has also started cloud seeding on a pilot basis in the Marathwada region to create artificial rains.

Source: www.economictimes.com

 

Skymet's web drive to help farmers with weather forecast

Skymet, the nation's sole private weather forecaster, has started a social media campaign called #Help The Farmer, asking social media users to spread monsoon forecast to farmers who may not have access to the internet. 

As part of the campaign, Skymet has also prepared a gut-wrenching video about farmer suicides that has received over a million views. So far, over 10,000 people have tweeted using the hash tag #Help The Farmer in two days. "A large part of India's agricultural produce comes from monsoon-fed crops. Each year, monsoon impacts crop production, price-control and industrial output as nearly 40 per cent of raw materials also come from farming. But unusual weather patterns and aberrations lead to a myriad of problems for the country," an official statement from Skymet said.

Source: www.economictimes.com


Financial aid for vermi-compost plants 

Under Soil Health Management of National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture, Financial assistance is being provided at 50 per cent of cost subject of a limit of Rs.5,000 per hectare and Rs.10,000 per beneficiary for promotion of organic inputs, including vermi-compost on farmer’s field.

Under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), assistance is provided for establishing vermin-compost units at 50 per cent of cost subject to a maximum of Rs.50,000 per beneficiary for a unit having size of 30’ x 8’ x 2.5’.

For smaller units, assistance is determined on pro-rata basis. For HDPEVermi bed of 96 cft. size (12’x4’x2’), the assistance is at 50 per cent of cost subject to a maximum of Rs.8, 000 per bed.
Under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, being implemented from 2015-16 in cluster of 50 acres of land, financial assistance is being provided to cluster members at Rs.5,000 per unit for procurement of earth worms, preparation of pits, construction of brick wall, labour charges and other raw materials required for construction of vermi-compost units.

Source:  www.thehindu.com

 

Food Corporation of India gets Rs 13,000 crore as food subsidy from government

To ensure smooth procurement and distribution of grains, the government has released Rs 13,000 crore as food subsidy to state-owned Food Corporation of India (FCI). The corporation is facing a subsidy arrear of above Rs 55,000 crore as of March 31, 2015.

For 2015-16, the government has allocated Rs 97,000 crore as food subsidy to FCI against an estimated bill of Rs 1, 18,000 crore. In 2014-15, the government had allocated Rs 92,000 crore as food subsidy, out of which Rs 91,995.35 crore was given to FCI. The subsidy incurred in the year was Rs 1, 02,476 crore.

"The government has released Rs 13,000 crore as food subsidy to FCI; this is the fourth installment of subsidy released to the corporation. So far, the government has paid Rs 46,250 crore as subsidy to FCI," a source told PTI. The bulk of the food subsidy is paid to FCI for running the public distribution system (PDS).

Source: www.economictimes.com

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