Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

ISAP Monthly E-Newsletter_mar_2016, Volume 9, Issue:3 (Mar, 2016)


- ISAP Activities

-Prominent Contributors to Agriculture

- Science & Technology

- News Highlights


ISAP, the parent body of IAP, which also started as an electronic group in 2001, achieved the following highlights since then:
  • ISAP group and page on Facebook and linkedin cater to more than 100,000 professionals on a daily basis with thousands of posts every month and answers to huge number of queries and interactions generated through these platforms.
  • 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 the OCPF-IFS project in the districts of Baran, Bundi and Sawai Madhopur (Rajasthan). The main objective of this program is to strengthen food and nutrition security and to improve livelihood of small and marginal farmers of Southeastern Rajasthan. The 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 :-

In the month of March, the harvesting of the rabi crops was on peak. A total of 55 demonstrations were set up under the projects on crops like mustard, wheat and potato during this rabi season. Demo farmers were provided regularly training on package of practices including varietal selection, Integrated Nutrient Management (INM), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) etc. Farmers were demonstrated techniques of getting better yields with reduced cost of cultivation through these demos.

In the month of March, the harvesting of the rabi crops was on peak. A total of 55 demonstrations were set up under the projects on crops like mustard, wheat and potato during this rabi season. Demo farmers were provided regularly training on package of practices including varietal selection, Integrated Nutrient Management (INM), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) etc. Farmers were demonstrated techniques of getting better yields with reduced cost of cultivation through these demos.

Under Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) based seed delivery system, training on seed production was carried out in Akoda village of Hindoli block of Bundi district.

The construction work of the Agri-village Resource Centers(AVRC’s) at Hindoli block of Bundi district and Khandar block of Sawai Madhopur district is on the verge of completion. Each of these ACRCs will have facility of input store, FPO office, warehouse, mini-processing unit, farm-mechanization centre and a plant nursery.

On HRD front, training was conducted on ‘making of washing powder’ for SHG members in Hindoli block of Bundi district. The Self Help Group (SHG) members were trained on various aspects of this work like making, packaging and marketing of washing powder in the local markets and how it can help in improvement of the livelihood status of the SHG members.

Inspection of standing crops being done by the farmers

Manual harvesting of mustard crop being conducted

Threshing of the wheat crops being done

Wheat grains obtained after threshing

Painting work in progress at the AVRC in Khandar(Dist:Sawai Madhopur)

The completed AVRC section of the Agri-village resource centre in Hindoli(Dist.Bundi)

The completed flooring work of the HRD section of the AVRC Hindoli(Dist.Bundi)

Seed production being conducted in Hindoli block(Dist:Bundi)

Farmers being trained on making matka pesticide in Khandar(Dist:Sawai Madhopur)

Self Help Group members being trained on making washing powders

OCPF-IFS Project, Karnataka

In phase I, OCPF-AES project was started as soil health improvement and yield enhancement program. In a span of four years, the project got culminated into institutionalization of project farmers into "Farmer 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 the month of March, 2016 OCPF delegation from Morocco visited the project area. Delegation inaugurated three HRD blocks during this visit. These 3 HRD blocks were inaugurated at Halbarga, Bhalki block, Gudur Village in Afzalpur block and at Hebbal village in Chittapur block of Distt Gulbarga. Mrs. Leelavathi Chakote, Retd. Principal, Women’s College attended the inauguration function at Bhalki as Chief Guest. Dr. D.L. Maheshwar, Vice Chancellor, UHS Bangalore and Mrs. Pushpa Soudatti, Dean, Central University, Gulbarga joined the inauguration function at Gudar.

This month the installation training of the vermicompost beds were conducted in Tadkal village of Aland taluka of Gulbarga district and Gudur village of Afzalpur Taluka of Gulabarga district.These trainings was given by experts from the manufacturing company and team members of ISAP. This training was conducted for IFS farmers, who received these units as an IFS component. In total, 37 farmers were present in both these trainings.

OCPF team visit at the AVRC’s of Halbarga village of Bhalki taluka(Dist:Bidar) and the AVRC’s of Afzalpur taluka in Gulbarga district

OCPF team visit in Hebbal village of Chittapur taluka(Dist.Gulbarga)

Installation trainings of vermibeds being conducted in Tadkal village of Aland taluka(Dist.Gubarga) and Gudur village of Afzalpur taluka(Dist.Gulbarga)


SFAC sponsored projects

Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP) has been delegated the responsibility for setting up 47 Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) by Small Farmers' Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC). ISAP has to set up these FPOs in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Telangana. Each FPO will be comprised of 1000 farmers. Objectives of the project are:
• Strengthening the farmers' competence through training programs, exposure visits and demonstration of best agricultural and allied practices.
• Increasing marketing opportunities for output marketing, via collective action and increasing linkage of the producer groups to fair and remunerative markets.
• Providing input, information and modern technological services pertaining to agriculture and allied activities, by developing community based sustainable agribusiness models.

Monthly Activities :-

Under these programs, 28 FPOs have been registered so far; 2 under MIDH-Haryana, 2 under NFSM-Raichur, 5 under NFSM-Aurangabad, 1 under NFSM- Telangana, 4 under MP Special project-1 and 14 under Karnataka Special project (KSP). 7 FPOs, planned to be formed under NFSM, are under the process of registration. 8 FPOs under MP special project and 2 FPOs under VIUC-Ajmer project are in the process of registration. Continuous meetings are being conducted with the project farmers to improve their knowledge about the intervention. Elections of Board of Director for FPOs are recently conducted in Rajasthan (VIUC-Ajmer project).

Trainings are being given to the project farmers using Audio Visual Aids, on Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs). Help of scientists from local KVKs are also taken for conducting training programs for the farmers. Under MIDH Haryana, a total of 180 crop demonstration was set up in current Rabi season. This program covers total four FPOs. Farmers were educated on importance of judicious usage of nutrients and were provided micronutrients.

Glimpses of the BODs elections conducted under VIUC-Ajmer project

Project SHARE II:

This is the second phase of Project SHARE 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 (IFS) and the concept of Model Village. This project is being implemented in the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.

During the course of the project, 45,000 farmers will be mobilized to form 45 FPOs and the women from the farming households will be encouraged to form SHGs so as to channelize their income and savings

Monthly Activities:-

FPO registration process has been initiated in all the four states. The field team has started the selection of BODs and collection of their documents for FPO registration. So far 1487 Farmers Interest Groups and 157 SHGs have been formed in all the states. Out of the total 767 FIGs have been formed in

Maharashtra, 343 FIGs in Uttar Pradesh, 184 FIGs in Telangana, and 193 FIGs in Telangana.

Glimpses of Farmers Mobilization Meeting and SHG Meeting at Devdurga Block, Raichur District and Jalna block, Jalna district respectively

NABARD SHG Linkage Project :

ISAP has been delegated to set up 100 Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) by NABARD under 'NABARD SHG Bank Linkage Program' in Mandalgarh, district Bhilwara (Rajasthan). Each SHG formed under this program should be provided training on saving, inter-loaning, and other enterprising aspects. Scope of work also includes credit linkage of the groups with the banks.

Monthly Activities:-

A NABARD SHG credit linkage fair was conducted on 18th March, 2016 by the Bundi Central Co-operative Bank (Block-Hindoli, Dist-Bundi) by ISAP. The meeting was attended by Mr Jainendra Aloriya (DDM-NABARD) Bundi and Mr Shivraj Malav (BRANCH MANAGER) DCCB Hindoli. Total 5 SHGs were cumulatively provided soft loan of INR 185,000/-. These SHGs were given educated on utilization of this loan amount on income generating activities.


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The local newspaper highlights the Credit Linkage Fair in Bundi

Glimpses of the Credit Linkage Fair in Bundi

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 agripreneurs 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_mar_2016.

Success Story

“In order to succeed your desire for success should be greater than fear of failure” the story of Guddi Khalko reflects the statement. She had always dreamt of her own business. “Inspite of the poor financial conditions I had a belief that one day I will be running my own venture says Guddi” . “One day one of my friends told me about the training of people under ACABC scheme, I immediately enquired into the scheme and enrolled myself for the training of two months from 17th April, 2015 to 16th June 2016, at ISAP Bokaro Centre” adds Guddi. She says “after the training I gained both the knowledge and confidence to start my venture but I had limited finance”. With little Finance Guddi started trading of vermicompost. Initially the venture did not go well which was really disappointing. “I felt a little frustrated but then the belief which I had in myself and the training at ACABC motivated me to keep on working as it is said that beginnings do not always decide the end” adds Guddi. After sometime the business started doing well and now I feel grateful to ISAP and ACABC training for helping me live my dream which would not have been possible earlier due to the less knowledge I had. Now, Guddi earns an average income of 2500 INR per month and is happy about it. She says “money never mattered to me, it was always the satisfaction of working on my own that gives me happiness”. She also provides suggestions on the use of vermicompost to other farmers and she is also an inspiration for those girls who want to achieve their dreams but are limited due to either finance or little knowledge.

ISAP wishes Guddi All the Best for her Future Endeavors.

Guddi can be contacted at: 7209914395, 

Guddi explaining the benefits of vermicompost to the farmers

Science & Technology

New irrigation system that identifies the crop's needs

The Department of Information Technology at the University of Huelva (UHU) and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) have developed a smart irrigation system which is able to simultaneously measure soil, air and water parameters for agricultural crops. The system, called GAIA2, consists of a network of nodes, each of which works like a small computer that can be configured to measure soil (temperature, moisture) and environmental (atmospheric pressure, room temperature relative humidity) parameters, as well as the quality of the irrigation water.
The main advantage of this system, which consists of a set of wireless devices, is that it can be configured to analyze the different variables depending on the crop, offering customized water management solutions. Another advantage is that the nodes, in addition to acting as sensors or data receivers, also serve as information bridge between different nodes. This feature, known as gateway, is used to monitor crops in plots separated by a distance of up to ten kilometres.
"The basic goal of the gateway is to ensure communication between the various sensor nodes and the office where the base station receives and interprets the data. In large areas, there may be interference that interrupt or hinder such communication, as with the telephones. By acting as a bridge, the gateway ensures that data arrive correctly," explains the expert.
This dual function, receiving and communication, is another advantage of the device. "In irrigation systems currently available on the market this duality is not an option. What is most usual is to use two different nodes, one for each function," continues the researcher.
From a physical standpoint, the nodes also stand out for their sturdiness. According to the expert, The GAIA2 sensors are designed to be placed at ground level or buried, without fear of breakage when agricultural machinery is used. Furthermore, due to their small size, about 20 centimetres high, there will be no need to remove them during fumigation.
Multi-functionality allows one node network to be used with different types of crops, including vegetables, fruits and vineyards. It is only necessary to change the type of sensor. For example, if you want to measure the water status of a tree, you will use a dendrometer.

 Do You Know

The oldest living thing on Earth

The oldest living organism on Earth is believed to be the “Pando" colony of Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) in Utah, also known as the Trembling Giant. The colony of trees covers some 41.7 hectares (103 acres) and is estimated to weigh nearly 6,000,000 kilograms (6,600 tons), making it also the heaviest known organism. Being a clonal colony, the tree “trunks" all share identical genetic makeup. It is estimated that parts of the inter-connected root stock that links the colony together is in excess of 80,000 years old.

Prominent Contributors to Agriculture

Luther Burbank (March 7, 1849 – April 11, 1926) was an American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science. He developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55-year career. Burbank's varied creations included fruits, flowers,grains, grasses, and vegetables. He developed (but did not create) a spineless cactus (useful for cattle-feed) and the plumcot.

Burbank's most successful strains and varieties include the Shasta daisy, the fire poppy (note possible confusion with the California wildflower, Papaver californicum, which is also called a fire poppy), the "July Elberta" peach, the "Santa Rosa" plum, the "Flaming Gold" nectarine, the "Wickson" plum (named after agronomist Edward J. Wickson), the freestone peach, and the white blackberry. A natural genetic variant of the Burbank potato with russet-colored skin later became known as the Russet Burbank potato. This large, brown-skinned, white-fleshed potato has become the world's predominant potato in food processing. The Russet Burbank potato was in fact invented to help with the devastating situation in Ireland during the Irish Potato famine. This particular potato variety was created by Burbank to help "revive the country's leading crop" as it is blight-resistant. The blight is a disease that spread and destroyed potatoes all across Europe but caused extreme chaos in Ireland due to the high dependency on potatoes as a crop by the Irish.


News Highlights

ICAR to deploy drones, sensors to study crop loss

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is keen on deploying sensors and drones in farms, to start with, for assessing the quality of soil as well as crop losses after floods.

Highlighting the role drones could play in estimating the damage, Director General of ICAR T. Mohapatra said the devices would help speed up the analysis. At present, unless large areas get affected farmers do not get compensation, he added.

“We are developing drone-based technology, using new sensors to understand and assess crop losses,” he said, adding the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, a premier ICAR institution in Delhi, in association with a few other agencies, including ISRO and IIT-Delhi, is working in this area.

Dr. Mohapatra, who is Secretary to the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, said this in an interaction with presspersons during a visit to the Indian Institute of Millets Research here on Saturday.

The panel asked state governments to provide machinery free of cost to the farmers having less than two acres of land, to farmers having medium land owners at a cost of Rs. 5,000 and for the large land holding farmers at Rs. 15,000.

FCI goes online, links 30 godowns in 1st phase

To bring transparency and minimize storage losses of food grains, state-run FCI made operations online at its 30 godowns and aims to bring 524 more depots under the system by July.

Of its total 1,928 godowns, operations at 554 FCI-owned godowns will go online initially.

Other godowns which have been hired from private parties would be connected to the system thereafter.

"The Depot Online System has been completed. It is an historic step. The automation of the entire process from entry and exit of food grains at FCI depots would bring total transparency in the working of FCI. This will improve efficiency in operations of depots," Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said after the launch of the system at an FCI depot here

The Depot Online System will be rolled out in all 554 FCI-owned godowns by July this year. It will also be implemented in godowns owned by state-run Central Warehousing Corporation and State Warehousing Corporations as well as hired ones by March 2017, he said.


Centre issues directive to States to protect cotton from whitefly attack

To protect this year’s cotton crop against damage from the whitefly which caused huge losses last year, the Centre has issued directives to cotton producing states such as Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan to take precautionary measures.

Instructions on the timeframe within which the sowing process should be carried out, the seeds and pesticides to be used and the vigil to be kept on the movement of pests, have been given by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare to the states, according to an official release.

“To save all states from this likely menace of the whitefly, the Agriculture Ministry has taken various preventive measures. Elaborate assessment and analysis has been carried out related to the loss inflicted during the last year,” the release said.

The Central Cotton Research Regional Centre, Sirsa (Haryana) has conducted a meeting with Ministry officials, scientists from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and senior officials from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan participated.


Haryana to buy 75 lakh metric tonne wheat for Rabi season 2016-17

Haryana government said it has made all arrangements for the procurement of 75 lakh metric tonne of wheat for Rabi marketing season 2016-17, starting from April.

"All arrangements for smooth procurement of wheat and other grains during the Rabi season-2016 have been made," a spokesman of Haryana Food and Supplies Department said here.

The procurement agencies have also made necessary arrangements for packing material for procurement of 75 lakh MT of wheat, he said.

The state government was committed to making payments to the farmers within 48-72 hours of their grains being procured, he said.

This year, about 75 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of wheat is expected to arrive in the mandis. The Minimum Support Price (MSP) for wheat has been fixed at Rs 1,525 per quintal. As many as 379 mandis or purchase centres have been set up across the state.


NBS cut to save INR 5,000 cr on Govt subsidy bill

Last week’s decision of the Union government to cut the nutrient-based subsidy (NBS) rates is seen as a move that will reduce the subsidy burden of the Government for the fiscal 2016-17.

However, the decision would also leave the fertiliser players at the mercy of monsoon for third consecutive year after experiencing two deficient monsoons.

A recent CRISIL report estimated cut in the NBS would lower the fertiliser subsidy bill by Rs. 5,000 crore.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had slashed the NBS rates for phosphatic and potassic fertilisers by about 25-30 per cent from what was in fiscal 2016. The subsidy rate for potassic nutrient was kept almost unchanged.

Triggered from the decline in the international prices of di-ammonium phosphate and ammonia, the latest cut would influence the contracted price for phosphoric acid, the key raw material, for fiscal 2017, CRISIL analysts maintained. However, even if domestic manufacturers are able to negotiate a lower contracted price for phosphoric acid, it may not be enough to offset the subsidy reduction because they have been grappling with high NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium)inventories in the backdrop of stressed farm incomes.

As a result, operating margins of phosphatic fertiliser would remain under pressure for fiscal 2017

Mpeda, Tata Trusts to help fisheries-dependent communities

The Marine Products Export Development Authority (Mpeda) has partnered with Tata Trusts to help rural communities dependent on fisheries and aquaculture.

The partnership will support better fishing practices, besides developing market linkages and measures to be taken to ensure sustained, quality seafood exports.

A MoU in this regard has been signed between Mpeda and Tata Trusts in Bengaluru in the presence of Rita Teaotia, Secretary (Commerce), to undertake collaborative efforts and activities to bring better living conditions to the rural communities whose livelihoods are linked to fisheries and aquaculture.

Through this MoU, Mpeda and Tata Trusts will strive to address several key issues facing the fisheries sector including low volume of catch, low productivity in aquaculture and depletion of fishery.

Agriculture sector has to grow fastest to eradicate poverty: Arun Jaitley

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today laid bare the priority of the government, saying agriculture will have to grow "fastest" for the country to get rid of poverty and push the overall GDP expansion.

"If India is to grow and get rid of poverty, the agriculture sector has to grow the fastest... agriculture is critical to theeconomy," Jaitley said at a seminar on the recently-announced Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) at Nabard here

The scheme has the potential to reduce distress in the farm sector and "end the scar of farmer suicides" affecting parts of the country.


NITI Aayog moots legalising land leasing

Suggesting a major land reform, an expert committee set up by the NITI Aayog has proposed legalising agricultural land leasing and widening the use of such land for all kinds of crop activities, horticulture, and food processing.

The Aayog will soon unveil a central Model Land Leasing Act that will supersede all existing land laws in states, which will have to emulate the central legislation, sources in NITI Aayog said on Thursday.

"Legalising land leasing in all areas will ensure complete security of land ownership right for the land owners and security of tenure for the lessee cultivators for the agreed lease period," the expert committee report has suggested.

The existing tenancy laws, most of which are several decades old, allow transfer of ownership rights to the tenant while either prohibiting or heavily discouraging leasing and sub-leasing of land. The Aayog had set up an expert committee under T Haque in September last year to prepare a model agricultural land leasing Act in consultation with the states keeping in view the need to legalise and liberalise land leasing.



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