Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

ISAP Monthly E-newsletter, Volume 8, Issue:10 (Jul, 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 effective and cost efficient collaboration between producers, industry, governments, civil society organizations and other stakeholders for commodity based development. A total of 9600 farmers will directly be benefitted with this program.   

Monthly Activities :-

Sowing is in full swing in all the districts. Field team assisted farmers for soil testing. Soil Health Cards with advisory on nutrient management are being distributed to the project farmers. Team is busy in educating and assisting farmers on sourcing of quality inputs. Farmers were provided bio-fertilizers and weedicides. More than 400 demonstrations have been set up this season. Demonstrations are being set up for Soybean (variety JS 9560, DSB-21), paddy (variety Pusa 1612, Pusa Sugandh 5 and Prabhat), Sesame (Variety Sagar M-52), Green gram (BGS 9), black gram (Variety IPU 243). In select areas, demonstrations have been set up for horticultural crops like chilly, ginger, turmeric and tomato.

Under IFS component, horticultural and forestry plants like Lemon, Aonla, Teak, Eucalyptus, Neem, Belpatra and Karanj were distributed among the farmers in Kishanganj and Anta block. On market linkage front, floriculture farmers supported under IFS were connected with markets in Kota and Delhi. In July month, around 10,087 Tuberose sticks were also sold by the farmers to Ghazipur mandi, New Delhi and Kota, Rajasthan

AVRC constructionis at its completion stage in Kisanganj and Bonli block. In Nainwa block the AVRC construction work has reached to the mid-stage. In Khandar block, the land has been identified for AVRC construction and foundation work expected to start by the next month.

Honourable Chairman of ISAP, Dr. S.A. Patil, Mr.Sudarshan Suryawanshi, C.E.O., ISAP and Dr. Satish Chandra, Director, ISAP reviewing the OCPF-IFS Project work along with other team members of the project.

 

Dr. S.A. Patil, Chairman, ISAP and Mr. Sudarshan Suryawanshi, C.E.O., ISAP interacting with farmers growing tuberose and vegetables in Anta block of Baran district.

 

ISAP team visiting AVRC construction site at Kishanganj block of Baran district and Nainwa block of Bundi district in Rajasthan.



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 :-

In July month various IFS activities were carried out in the region .Under the IFS support and promotion head, community mobilization activity was carried out to motivate hundreds of farmers to adopt the IFS activities in their farm and have sustainable income. Families of the deceased farmers who committed suicides were also provided funds to carry out Integrated Farming System (IFS).

Glimpses of Sri Basaveshwara Sourdha Multipurpose Cooperative Society Sastapur, Basavkalyan taluk, Bidar district

Glimpses of Sri Anaveerabadhreshwara Chittapur Farmers Society, Hebbal of Chittapur taluk, Gulbarga district


As a part of IFS program, farmer training and exposure visits were done during this month. A training program was conducted in Gulbarga RO for 20 farmers with basic theme as “Water harvesting, conservation and management”. Dr. Nagraj S.Patil, MTech, Ph.D (IIT, Delhi), Dept. Of P.G. Studies in Water and Land Management, VTU, Belgaum, an expert in water harvesting and Management was the guest faculty. Farmers were educated about the IFS, adoption and its benefit.

An exposure visit of provisionally listed IFS farmers was conducted to the fields of the lead farmers Mr. Gundappa, Patna village, Gulbarga district wherein, the farmers were exposed to land preparation, farm pond, nursery, fisheries, goat rearing, sericulture, fruit orchard, floriculture, biogas, composting and automated irrigation and input supply.

Farmers interacting with water management expert along with Dr. S.A. Patil

Farmers exposure visit to Patna village, Gulbarga

 

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.

Monthly Activities :-

In the month of July, baseline survey were  conducted so as to have clear picture of the project area in terms of demographics, sources of livelihood , agricultural practice, bottlenecks associated with the marketing of the agricultural produce, entitlements and benefits received and their association with the social organizations. Apart from this farmers were introduced with the project objectives and interventions through informal gatherings and awareness camps.

Baseline survey being conducted by the block co-coordinators in Narnoor block of Adilabad district

Awareness meeting organized by the Block coordinators in Devdurga block of Raichurdistrict

 

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 the vary purpose, ISAP as a resource institution has been given the responsibility to mobilize total 3000 small and marginal farmers in Haryana. The farmers will be organized under Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), consisting 1000 farmers in each FPO.

Monthly Activities :-

MIDH-Haryana has been implemented in Bhiwani, Sirsa, Jind and Kaithal districts, covering total 3000 farmers. All the blocks of the mentioned districts have been selected for the formation of FPOs. In current phase of the project, main focus is on mobilization of farmers for the project through village meeting and one to one interaction with the farmers. So far 90 FIGs have been formed, covering 1511 farmers. For formation of these groups about 163 farmer meetings has been conducted in which 2711 farmers participated. Share collection has also been started from the farmer members. For this, farmers were educated on need for collection of share money, institution building and other statutory compliances required for setting up of FPO. Till date, Rs 40,000/- has been collected as share money.  Opening of bank accounts of the FIGs are in process.  Till date 3 bank accounts have been opened. Glimpses of the farmer meetings are given below:   

Glimpse of the farmer meeting at Sirsa district of Haryana

Glimpse of farmers meeting at Jind district of Haryana

 

Vegetable Initiative for Urban Clusters (VIUC)-Ajmer

The idea behind VIUC initiative is to enhance production and productivity of Horticulture crops. 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 the food basket of the country but are also a highly remunerative crop, providing quick returns to the farmer per unit of area.

Monthly Activities :-

ISAP has identified Peesangan and Srinagar blocks for the project. Villages in every block have also been identified. A detailed Project Report has been prepared and submitted to the District Horticulture Dept.-Ajmer. So far 42 FIGs have been formed under the project. Out of the FIGs, 27 FIGs have been formed in Peesangan block while 15 Figs have been formed in Sri Nagar block.  So far around 68 farmer meetings have been conducted in which total 988 farmers participated. Farmers are being sensitized about the project and organized into FIGs (Farmer Interest Groups) as a first step of FPO formation.

Glimpses of farmers meeting at Peesangan block of Ajmer district

 

MP Special Project - Phase II

MP Special Project Phase-II is a project assigned by SFAC to ISAP as Resource Institution to mobilize small and marginal farmers and form eight Farmer Producer Organizations in Guna, Shivpuri, Sheopur and Hoshangabad. For mobilization of farmers, for the project, ISAP has conducted various farmers meetings. Farmers are educated on institution building and advance cropping techniques. So far total 68 FIGs have been formed, under the project covering 1284 farmers. Share collection and bank account opening process has also been initiated. So far 7 bank accounts have been opened and a sum of Rs 42000 has been collected as share money from 460 farmers.

Glimpse of farmers meeting at Samnapur village of Piparia block of Hoshangabad district

Glimpse of the farmers meeting at Jasrajpur village of Shivpuri district

 

FPO Promotion under Nation Food Security Mission (NFSM)

National Food Security Mission (NFSM) is a Central Scheme of GOI aims towards increasing production and productivity of cereals, pulses and commercial crops on a sustainable basis so as to ensure food security of the country. National Demonstration Project (NDP) is an initiative under National Food Security Mission, that aims is 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). ISAP has to mobilize 5000 farmers each in three states namely Karnataka, Maharashtra and Telangana, and form FPOs. As per the plan, 15 FPOs, each consists of 1000 farmers, are in formation state in the mentioned states.

Monthly Activities :-

Against a target of mobilizing 15000 farmers, 14641farmers have been enrolled so far under NDP-NFSM.  So far, a total of 761 group meetings and 246 trainings have been conducted for the FPO members under this program. Election of FPO Board of Directors has been completed for all 15 FPOs. Training of BoD members has also been completed in all the working blocks. In Raichur pre sowing training on red gram was also given to farmers. Trainings on capacity building were also conducted at Vaijapur and Kannad blocks of Aurangabad districts of Maharashtra.

Glimpse of the pre sowing training at Raichur block of Raichur district, Karnataka

Glimpse of training at Vaijapur block of Aurangabad district, Maharashtra

 

Karnataka Special Project

Karnataka Special Project is an initiative of Govt. of Karnataka in association with SFAC and various project funding as well as 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. DPRs for all the districts have been approved by the State Horticulture Department. So far 350 Farmer Interest Groups have been formed in the project districts in which total 7000 farmers have been enrolled. 56 bank accounts of the FIGs also have been opened.  Till date total 205 farmer meetings have been conducted in which the farmers were made aware about the resource institution and benefits one will enjoy by becoming a member of Farmer Producer Organization (FPO).  Share money collection from the farmer members has also been started. So far Rs 600000 has been collected as share money from 530 project farmers.

Glimpse of farmers meeting at Haveri district

Glimpse of farmers meeting at Aland<


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 June one Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in each FPO (“Vindhya Vikas Kisan Producer Company Limited” of Hujoor block of Rewa District, “Bhairav Kisan Nath Farm Producer Company Limited” of Gurh block of Rewa district, “Sonanchal Kisan Producer Company Limited” of Rampur Naikin block of Sidhi district, and “Majhauli Kisan Producer Company Limited” of Majhauli block of Sidhi district.) ` In AGM, members of FPOs were made aware about MOA and AOA of the company in simple local language so that all the members can understand clearly. The members discussed about future business plans of the company and applying for licenses to start fertilizers, seeds and pesticides business. The members also discussed about various schemes of the state governments and how farmers can be benefited by those schemes. They are also planning for branding their products.

Glimpse of AGM at Rampur Naikin

Glimpse of AGM at Majhauli


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 ISAP newsletters. 

Success-story :-

Sunila Devi reflects a good example of determination and hard work which not only helps in benefiting one's own life but also helps in transforming lives of others .Smt. Sunila, resident of Narvana village, Jind (Haryana), a post graduate in Agronomy and PhD. She started bee keeping business in 2008 from meager 20 bee boxes. She says "I realized that the work of bee keeping is an interesting one and it also provides a good source of income, this provided me with the motivation to engage in the work". She expanded the work in 2010 by buying 50 boxes and 200 frames from the Horticulture department, Jind, Haryana. As a result of persistent efforts her bee business expanded to 5000 boxes in the year 2011. She registered her firm under national Bee board and named it as "M/s Vaishnavi Bee Keeping Equipment Manufacturers". In 2013 she was nominated for Aspee L.M. farmer of the year Award under the category of Woman farmer bee keeper. Realizing the increasing work she formed a society named "The Vaishnavi Yuva Welfare Society" .Under this society honey is purchased and packaged with brand name as "Apis Divine Honey" and sold to the retail shops in Himmat Nagar, Gujarat. This society has also collaborated with Bayer, Pioneer, Syngenta and Monsanto under the seed program in Gujarat as pollination support and till date has setup 10000 bee boxes with each box costing Rs 1500 thus resulting in good revenue generation along with honey. ISAP wishes Sunila best of luck for all her future endeavors.

Smt. Sunila carrying out bee keeping

 

Science & Technology

Applet for monitoring of Agri-Stocks

Agri Stock Monitoring System is a system introduced by the agriculture department to ensure that farmers get their inputs on time and whereby can check their availability online.

Using smart phones, it has linked 9,600 fertilizer dealers, 4,500 primary cooperative agriculture credit societies and 8,300 private seed dealers with an android app. These dealers and societies have been asked to update their stock position using the app, Agri Stock Monitoring System, which is updated on the website www.tnagrisnet.tn.gov.inthat farmers can check. In this system complete addresses and phone numbers of dealers along with stock position have been provided down to block and individual dealer level. Information is available in Tamil and English

The dealers have to update availability of urea, super phosphate, potassium, SSP and complex fertilizers. “This will help prevent hoarding. We are also making arrangements for supply of enough seeds and fertilizers so that farmers can start sowing when the water from the dam reaches them,” an official said.
This system is till now assessed by 8000 farmer’s friends in villages, e-seva centres, agricultural extension centres, panchayat union offices and also through tabs provided to assistant agricultural officers.

thehindu.com

 

Do you know

Farming & environment

  1. Globally, deforestation for animal grazing and feed crops is estimated to emit 2.4 billion tons of CO2 every year.

  2. Corn, wheat, and rice, the fast-growing crops on which humanity depends for survival, are among the most nitrogen hungry of all plants.

  3. Manure can also contain traces of salt and heavy metals, which can end up in bodies of water and accumulate in the sediment, concentrating as they move up the food chain.

  4. When manure fertilizer is repeatedly over-applied to farm land it causes dangerous levels of phosphorus and nitrogen in the water supply. In such excessive amounts, nitrogen robs water of oxygen and destroys aquatic life.

Dosomething.org


Prominent Contributors to Agriculture

Robert Fraley:Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto, who won the 2013 World Food Prize for "breakthrough achievements in founding, developing, and applying modern agricultural biotechnology" and the NAS Award for the Industrial Application of Science.

After growing up on a small farm in Illinois, Fraley earned his Ph.D. degrees in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Illinois. He then did post-doctoral research in biophysics at the University of California-San Francisco.

A Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fraley received the The Progressive Farmer's Man of the Year in 1995 and the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton in 1999

Wikipedia.org

News Highlights

PM Narendra Modi launches new scheme for power reforms in rural areas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 'Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana' for power sector reforms in rural areas with a view to ensuring round the clock electricity supply to farmers and rural households. The new power scheme focuses on feeder separation (rural households and agricultural) and strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure, including metering at all levels in rural areas.
The scheme is one of the flagship programmes of the Power Ministry and will facilitate 24x7 supply of electricity. The earlier scheme for rural electrification, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY), which was launched by previous UPA government, has been subsumed in the new scheme as its rural electrification component.

The major components of the new scheme are feeder separation; strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network; Metering at all levels (input points, feeders and distribution transformers); Micro grid and off grid distribution network & Rural electrification- already sanctioned projects under RGGVY to be completed.

Source:  economictimes


Project Unnati to boost mango yield

Jain Irrigation Systems Limited (JISL) and Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. (HCCBPL) have joined hands through Project Unnati (meaning betterment) to help farmers adopt Ultra High Density Plantation (UHDP) technique to boost mango yield. Over 25,000 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka would be enrolled in project Unnati to adopt UHDP technique, which will help boost mango yields. HCCBPL & JISL will be investing Rs. 50 crores into project Unnati in the next few years. Project Unnati is aimed at a large scale adoption of UHDP in the country and aims to scale up the project to cover end-to-end fruit supply chain and further optimize delivery.
Project Unnati alone is expected to deliver close to 240KMT fruit by year 2023 – 24 UHDP is a proven technology, commonly practiced for mango cultivation worldwide and combined with other sustainable agricultural techniques, has the potential to yield upwards of 200 per cent more produce than that by the traditional method.

Source: thehindu.com


Agriculture Ministry launches 3 portals

The Agriculture Ministry has launched three agri-portals — Soil Health Card portal, Fertilizer Quality Control System portal and Participatory Guarantee System. The objective is to make the process of organic farming certification, fertilizers’ quality checking and issuance of soil health cards, more transparent and accountable. These portals, launched only in English, will be made available in regional languages also in the next phase.
Soil Health Card portal has been developed for registration of soil samples, recording test results of soil samples and generation of Soil Health Card (SHC) along with fertilizer recommendations. This is single, generic, uniform, and web-based software accessed at www.soilhealth.dac.gov.in.
Fertilizer Quality Control System (FQCS) is a web-based and configurable workflow application developed by NIC for processing of sample collection, testing and generation of analysis reports. The application can be accessed at http://www.fqcs.dac.gov.in.
Participatory Guarantee System is a process of certifying organic products, which ensures agriculture production process in accordance with the standards laid down for organic products and that desired quality has been maintained.

Source: thehindu.com


Middle East puts breaks on Indian vegetable imports

Close on the heels of neighboring Kerala raising concerns about high level of pesticide content in vegetables grown in Tamil Nadu, many countries in the Middle East have put brakes on importing vegetables from the state..

Exporters said large quantity of vegetables and other perishable commodities like dairy products, sent from Trichy airport, was lying at airports in the Middle East as those countries have demanded a certificate for quality of the produce.

As plant quarantine division here which is the license authority not having any provision for providing a health certificate, the exporters are now facing a difficult situation. Many of them have stopped procuring vegetables and dairy products from farmers.

indiatimes.com

 

Spices board to promote export-quality production 

The Spices Board has decided to provide financial assistance to farmers for irrigation, land development, mechanisation, replanting, soil conservation and organic farming. Under the new scheme, small cardamom cultivators in Kerala and Tamil Nadu will receive up to Rs 70,000 for replanting while farmers in Karnataka will get up to Rs 50,000.

They will also receive aid for planting material production. To help small cardamom farmers in irrigation and land development, Board will provide financial assistance of up to 25 per cent of the actual cost of acquiring irrigation equipment and up to 50 per cent for water storage structure.

Source:  economictimes

Government extends interest subvention on crop loans for farmers 

The government extended the interest subvention scheme to banks to ensure availability of crop loans of up to Rs 3 lakh to farmers at 7 per cent per annum. "The Union Cabinet has given its approval to continuation of interest subvention to public sector banks (PSBs), private sector commercial banks, regional rural banks (RRBs), cooperative banks and NABARD to enable them to provide short-term crop loans of up to Rs 3 lakh to farmers at 7 per cent per annum during 2015 -2015-16,"sources  said.

They added that it decided to provide interest subvention to small and marginal farmers with Kisan Credit Cards for loans against negotiable warehouse receipts post-harvest at 7 per cent per annum interest for six months. For 2015-16, the target of agriculture credit has been raised to Rs 8, 50,000 crore, from Rs 8, 00,000 in 2014-15. 

Source:  economictimes


13 Mega Food Parks get Centre's final nod

The Central Government has accorded final approval to thirteen proposals for setting up of Mega Food Parks in various parts of the country including rural areas during the current Five Year Plan period till date. These Mega Food Parks are private sector driven projects and responsibility of execution, ownership and management of these projects vests with a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which is a company incorporated under the Companies Act. State Government/ State Government entities/Cooperatives have also been allowed to set up Mega Food Parks in the country by recent amendments in the scheme guidelines.
These Mega Food Parks are currently in the process of implementation. On completion, these Mega Food Parks would provide direct and indirect employment for about 30,000 persons.

Source: thehindu.com


NABARD funds orchard development in Pachamalai

As many as 643 acres of land had been covered under the ‘WADI’ Tribal Development project of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development in Pachamalai benefiting an equal number of families. Pachamalai is located on the border of Tiruchi and Salem districts. Mango and cashew orchards will be raised under this.
NABARD has taken up the project at an estimate of Rs. 8 crore, which included Rs. 6 crore grants, credit for Rs. 1 crore, and contribution of labour equivalent to Rs. 1 crore by the tribal people. The project aims at ensuring livelihood assistance to the tribal people and planting of cashew and mango saplings on 643 acres formed a part of this component.

Source: thehindu.com

 

MoU signed for research, promotion of seeds

The Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) and Raitha Mitra Farmers Producers Company Ltd., on Friday, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a private firm for research and promotion of seeds cultivated by farmers.
Reckoned to be a first in the country, the MoU entails the partners to explore the scientific advances in the field of nutraceuticals for wellness of the society besides undertaking research activities.
Under the agreement, CFTRI will transfer technology for manufacturing of energy bars to Nutri planet Foods Pvt. Ltd., which will purchase and market chia and quinoa seeds cultivated by farmers. The firms can also carryout R&D activities at the Nutro-Phyto Incubation Centre and Common Instrumentation Facility to study the impact of development products on cognitive performance, physical endurance, encapsulation of chia seed oil.etc.

Source: thehindu.com

Government releases to NABARD Rs 11,281 crore for settling farm interest claims

The government said it has released Rs 11,281 crore between April and July to NABARD to pay interest subvention claims to banks for short-term crop loans of up to Rs 3 lakh to farmers. 

The Budget 2015-16 had allocated Rs 13,000 crore for implementation of the Interest Subvention Scheme for short term crop loans up to Rs 3 lakh, said a statement by the Finance Ministry. 

Source:  economictimes


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