Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

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


INDEX

- ISAP Activities

- Who’s who in Agriculture?

- Science & Technology

- News Highlights

 

ISAP FILE

ISAP, the parent body of IAP, which also started as an electronic group in 2001 and 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 no 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

The Rajasthan IFS project is prestigious as well as a challenging project. As many as 9,600 farmers are targeted to be associated with this project, of whom 8,246 have already been enrolled in the first year. Different kinds of IFS interventions, viz., high yielding early maturity varieties of field crops, INM, IPM, round the year diversified nutritious green fodder production, vegetables,  horticultural and bio-pesticide resource trees,  farm machinery centers, farm and environmental resource conservation.value addition at farm gate, value chain and market linkage, topped by creation of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and setting up multipurpose Agribusiness Village Resource Centers (AVRCs), also  housing educational, social and health promoting resources /  facilities.

Monthly Activities :-

During the month of May 2015, the IFS project area was still licking the wounds of damage inflicted by hailstorms. Below average yields were harvested by the farmers in wheat, mustard, pulses, seed spices and so forth. Disheartened as they were, the farmers  managed to take home some produce, with 10 to 70 percent decline against expected yields which were actually anticipated to be 10 % more than previous year.

Of the 127 demonstration plots of mustard crop, which survived the hailstorm partially or fully, clearly brought out the higher yield potential of new mustard varieties 749 and 101 obtained from the NRCRM, Bharatpur. Even though the number of panicles on the fruiting branches of these varieties was less and farmers felt this was a disadvantage, it wAas more bthan compensated by a larger number of fruiting branches per plant, resulting in superior yields against controls.  Data on the top 10 highest yield levels out of 127 demos in mustard revealed that 9 of these were with variety 749 and one with 101. 

Similarly high performance levels were obtained with coriander variety ACR 1 developed by NRCSS, Ajmer primarily due to extensive incidence of stem gall disease to which ACR 1 is resistant. It is ironical that seed  production plot of ACR 1 at Ajmer was a victim of a heavy hailstorm and the seed supply for next year is in danger. Three of the demo farmers under OCPF-IFS project grew the crop under conditions of desired level of isolation for varietal purity. These seeds will be tested next year for their purity levels and might constitute as a source for seed multiplication for the project farmers.

It may as well be mentioned here that the seed of varieties (Soybean 95-60, greengram BGS 9 and urdbean IPU 2-43) produced by farmers during kharif 2014 has been shared with IFS farmers for the current season and the producer farmers have benefited by sale of their produce as seed rather than as a commodity.

The 67 Demonstrations carried out on spring / summer mungbean (1 acre plots) and vegetable crops (0.4 acre plots) progressed very well. Mung variety Samrat obtained from IIPR has performed very well in these demos, having yielded 4.5 q/acre or 11.25 q / ha after mustard and potato crops. The yield of Pusa Vishal by comparison was only 2.8 q /acre or 5.2 q / ha. The maturity of each was 68-73 days (seed to seed). For a summer or spring crop of mungbean, these yield levels are quite good (about 17 kg / ha/ day)

The higher yields of crop varieties from different ICAR institutes have surprised many farmers. They are still wondering how it happened against their firm belief that their own saved seed was better than any other seed past or present.

For the coming kharif season (2015), extensive pre-sowing trainings are in progress with about 24 trainings being held per week in the six blocks. New crop interventions include early maturity DSR varieties and technology to work as parallel choice against soybean, which is fast losing its sheen due to stagnant productivity, market prices and a high investment needed for value addition at farm gate. Likewise, hybrid castor is being introduced in coming kharif. Farmers are looking favorably at these interesting possibilities because introductions like parachute net against wild animals, spineless cactus and azolla as nutritious green round the year fodder) introduced last year have been highly successful and beneficial fot the project farmers.

 

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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 :-

Under OCPF-AES Project, Karnataka, lot of actions took place at Tadkal based Agri Village Resource Centre (AVRC) in month of May. Human Resource Development (HRD) centre at this AVRC has now become completely functional with starting of computer education centre. Other components in HRD include a primary healthcare service centre, Computer education centre, Women Skill Development Centre and a Child Recreation Centre.

Tadkal AVRC is being run by Negilayogi Aland Farmers’ Federation. Under the project, this FPO is provided hi-tech branded computers, UPS and other auxiliary equipments for this computer centre. A professional institute has also been engaged for providing training at this centre. In the starting, 15 high school children have taken admission in this centre. A child recreation centre has also been established.

Along with this, a plant nursery has also been added to existing Agribusiness Centre at Tadkal. Objective of this nursery is to provide healthy and good quality saplings to the farmers at economical rates. Size of this nursery is approx. 247 square meters.   

Farmers Meeting with ATMA- BTM officer in Gangapur Block (Distt -Aurangabad) Farmer training on pheromone traps under  Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Computer education centre at Tadkal

Recreation centre at AVRC, Tadkal

 

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, 14548 farmers have been enrolled so far under NDP-NFSM.  So far, a total of 612 group meetings and 166 trainings have been conducted for the FPO members under this program. Election of FPO Board of Directors has been completed for all 15 FPOs. The entire focus now is on registration of FPOs. The FPOs will be registered under companies Act.  Here are some glimpses the farmer of meetings

FIG books distributed to NFSM farmers in Adilabad

 

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 3707 farmers under 4 FPOs.  

Monthly Activities :-

The team has been conducting regular sensitization programs like village meeting, video show etc. for better understanding of the objects of the project by the community members. In the month of May’15 two meetings of board of directors were conducted in which they discussed about opening of bank accounts of FPOs. These meetings were conducted in “Bhairav Kisan Nath Farm Producer Company Limited” and “Sonanchal Kisan Producer Company Limited”. Bank account of “Bhairav Kisan Nath Farm Producer Company Limited” has been opened while application has been submitted for opening of bank account of “Sonanchal Kisan Producer Company Limited”. Permanent Account Number of all the four FPOs have been received.

BoDs meeting conducted at Rampur

BoDs meeting conducted at Gurh

 

MP Special Project - Phase II

Like MP Special Project Phase-I, Phase-II is also a project given by SFAC to ISAP as Resource Institution to mobilize small and marginal farmers and form eight Farmer Producer Organizations in four districts i.e. Guna, Shivpuri, Sheopur and Hoshangabad. The project has been. For mobilization of farmers ISAP has conducted various farmers meetings. Thorough meetings the project field staff inform farmers about ISAP, reason behind the project and benefits of the project to farmers. So far total 8 FIGs has been have been formed, under the project. Here are some glimpses of the farmer awareness meetings, conducted under the project.

Mobile van at Tadkal

Farmers awareness meeting in Hoshangabad (MP)

 

Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH)-UP and 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 is given the responsibility to mobilize total 3000 small and marginal farmers in Haryana. The farmers will be organized under Farmer Producer Organisations (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. A Baseline Survey has been completed in all the districts and a detailed Baseline Survey Report has been submitted to SFAC and Horticulture Department Haryana. Now main focus is on mobilization of farmers through village meeting and one to one interaction with the farmers. So far 48 FIGs have been formed. For formation of these groups various farmer meetings has been conducted. Glimpses of farmers meetings are given below:

Farmers awareness meeting in Bhiwani (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 (60.8 %). 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 :-

The project is in its initial phase. ISAP has identified blocks; i.e. Peesangan and Srinagar 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 ten FIGs have been formed under the project. Various farmers meetings have been conducted, under the project to inform the farmers  about Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP), idea behind the project and benefits of the project. 

Glimpse of Farmer meeting and filling of Sugyan forms

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. Recruitment of project staff has been completed for the project. Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for all the districts have been submitted to the State Horticulture Department. Ten DPRs have been approved out of total twelve DPRs submitted to the Department. Mobilization of the farmers has been started under the project, and so far 134 Farmer Interest Groups have been formed in different districts in which total 2680 farmers have been enrolled. So far ten bank accounts of FIGs have been opened.  Farmer awareness meetings are also being conducted by the project staff in different districts. Till date total 72 meeting has been conducted in which farmers were made aware about the resource institution and benefits one will enjoy after becoming a member of Farmer Producer Organization (FPO).  A review meeting of LRPs of Hassan with Principal Secretary to Horticulture, Director of Horticulture, Deputy Director of Horticulture and AHO Bellur was also conducted. In the meeting they discussed about the problems LRPs are facing in the field and how to deal with these problems.

 

Principal Secretary to Govt (Horticulture) LRPs in Hassan

Meeting of LRPs conducted in Kopatti village

Meeting with DDH Bidar to discuss about the project

 

Entrepreneurship Development Program

ISAP is running Entrepreneurship Development Program in 10 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 more than 4400 agripreneurs in Assam, Chattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, J&K, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab and Rajasthan. Out of these, more than 1400 agripreneurs have established their independent business successfully. We share one such success story with our readers in ISAP newsletters.

Success Story

Mr Anand Singh is a young enterprising person from a small village Brichpur of District Karnal. Born and brought up in a farm family, Mr Singh himself has experienced and seen farm struggles at close quarters.  He was fortunate enough to get good education and decided to continue with agriculture as a profession. After completing his education, he wanted to start advisory service and input supply unit, as he understands the importance of quality inputs and need of proper guidance. However, he could not muster courage to start this due to inexperience and non-business background.  Through peers, he came to know about Agriclinic and agribusiness training centre of ISAP at Karnal. With no second thought, he undertook 2 months residential training program at ISAP training centre in Karnal, where he garnered much needed entrepreneurial skills and handhold support. He successfully established his input unit at his native place with own investment of INR 4 lakh. He also provides advisory to the farmers on plant-protection. He is currently catering to 150-200 farmers. He has staff of two persons, who assist him in this work. He is easily making INR 20,000 per month from this business. ISAP wishes him luck for his future endeavors.   

Mr Anand with a farmer from his village

 

Science & Technology

Drone Drops Beneficial Bugs Onto Corn Fields

A University of Queensland agricultural student has built a drone that will bug you for all the right reasons. Michael Godfrey’s drone is fitted with a hopper that airdrops beneficial insects over crops, potentially saving farmers time and money. Godfrey’s innovation is yet another way in which drones are proving to be trusty laborers on the farmstead.

Bugs from Above - During a summer science scholarship, Godfrey wanted to see how drones could be used to distribute the beneficial Californicus mite onto crops ravaged by two-spotted spider mites. Spider mites feed on the undersides of leaves, eventually killing the plant or reducing its yield potential. Crop losses attributed to spider mites can be significant, especially during hot, dry seasons — something Australians are all too familiar with lately. Fortunately, Californicus mites love to eat spider mites.


To solve this problem, Godfrey constructed a drone specifically designed for the task of spreading bugs. The props and the size of the motors were built to carry and distribute its bug payload at a test farm. Godfrey used corrugated plastic to construct the bug hopper attachment. The hopper’s lightweight design allows more bugs to be transported with each pass over a field. A mechanized seed spreader on the hopper ensures the bugs are evenly distributed.
Discovermagazine.com

Do you know

Tomato is a fruit

Scientifically speaking, a tomato is definitely a fruit. True fruits are developed from the ovary in the base of the flower, and contain the seeds of the plant (though cultivated forms may be seedless). As far as cooking is concerned, some things which are strictly fruits, such as tomatoes, may be called 'vegetables' because they are used in savoury rather than sweet cooking.  Also, tomato is a component of salad but not fruit salad. Oxforddictionaries.com

 

Who's Who In Agriculture?

Haber.jpgFritz Haber (9 December 1868 – 29 January 1934) Fritz Haber was a German Chemist, who received the nobel prize in chemistry in 1918 for his invention of Haber-Bosch process. Industries use this method to synthesize ammonia from nitrogen and hydrogen gases. This invention is of importance for the large-scale synthesis of fertilizers and explosives. The Haber–Bosch process was a milestone in industrial chemistry. The production of nitrogen-based products such as fertilizer and chemical feedstocks, previously dependent on acquisition of ammonia from limited natural deposits, now became possible using an easily available, abundant base—atmospheric nitrogen. The annual world production of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer is currently more than 100 million tons. The food base of half of the current world population is based on the Haber–Bosch process.

Wikipedia.org

 

 

News Highlights

Horticulture dept Karnataka state, proposes to set up Lime Board

The Horticulture department has proposed to set up a “Lime Board” with an aim to promote lemon production in State.

The Horticulture department has been asked to send a proposal to the State government regarding the same, according to sources. The board would be constituted on lines of the Mango development Board and the Wine Board.

The primary responsibilities of the proposed board would be to promote lemon cultivation on a large scale, improvise its trade and also help market produce better. It will also help process the produce better for marketing across the country and outside the country.

“The government has asked the department to write to them about the objectives of the board and the duties it would be managing,” a source from the department said.

With a majority of the produce in the State coming from Bagalkot, Vijayapura, Kalaburagi, Hassan and Tumakuru districts, the proposal is also to set up the board in one of these locations to reach out to farmers better.deccanherald.com/

 

Mobile services to benefit 7 crore farmers in India: Report

Mobile services have the potential to enhance income of seven crore small and marginal farmers by over Rs. 56,000 crore a year, in the next five years, says a new report.

The introduction of simple mobile services like weather forecasts and market prices, designed to help small-scale farmers in emerging markets, could boost the farm gate incomes of 7 crore Indian farmers by over Rs. 56,000 crore in 2020, says Vodafone’s Connected Farming in India report.

The report found that the average farming household lives on less than Rs 250 per day, with many farmers struggling to feed and educate their families. Simple mobile services could enhance earnings of almost two thirds of such farmers by an average of Rs 8,000/- per year, creating a positive impact in communities. Zeenews.india.com

 

Govt forms panel to check pesticide use in vegetables & fruits

A committee has been formed to check the use of pesticides in vegetables and fruits. The committee, headed by food safety commissioner T V Anupama, will have animal husbandry director and agriculture director as members.

"Priority will be given to identify the source of food production. Representatives of commercial taxes department and agriculture department have been included so that surveillance could be effective. Awareness will be provided on vegetables which are usually subjected to the use of pesticide, steps on how to wash vegetables, etc. Steps will be taken to promote farming. We also plan to arrange analysis facilities in different parts of the state. Currently, only labs of agriculture department have facilities to identify presence of pesticides. Food safety department is in the process of installing machines to test pesticide content in vegetables," Anupama said.

In order to control indiscriminate use of pesticides by neighbouring states, the food safety department has conducted talks with the food safety commissioner and agriculture director in Tamil Nadu. "They have agreed to be more vigilant on the issue. In addition to an inter department committee, we have formed a surveillance committee within the department to check use of pesticides in other states. Food safety department officials in other states have agreed to co-operate with us," she said. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

 

Himachal emerges as off-season vegetable hub

Production of off-season vegetables in Himachal Pradesh -- whose economy is largely dependant on agriculture and horticulture -- is coming up in a big way with the annual output crossing 14 lakh tonnes, an official said on Sunday.
The production of off-season vegetables has gone up considerably, ensuring a total annual income of Rs.2,500 crore to the farmers in the sector, a government spokesperson said. He said a provision of Rs.60 crore has been made in Himachal's budget in this fiscal for promoting off-season crops, especially vegetables. 

To cash in on the high demand and remunerative prices of organic food -- be it fruits, vegetables or pulses -- the state is laying emphasis on organic farming in the state. The official said 26,741 farmers have been registered as practitioners of organic farming till date and 15,548 hectare area has been brought under organic farming.indiagazette.com

 

Gujarat farmers can now sell direct

The Gujarat government said it has delisted fruits and vegetables from APMC Act, enabling farmers to sell produce directly in the market.
Before now, farmers had to compulsorily sell vegetables and fruits like other farm produce through route of Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs).
Agriculture and Co-operation Department of the state government has by a public notification issued today delisted fruits and vegetables from APMC Act which will be beneficial to farmers to get good price of their produce and also help government to contain price rise, an official statement said.

The decision comes as a part of advice issued by the Centre to state to allow free movement of fruits and vegetables by delisting them from APMC act.

“Now with this notification farmers can directly market their produce to wholesalers, organised retailers and ordinary consumers,” it said. Businessmen will not require to have licenses from APMC to purchase fruits and vegetables from farmers, it added.

Apart from the alternate arrangements the notification issued by the state Agriculture and co-operation department has also said that sale of fruits and vegetables will continue in the APMCs also. deshgujarat.com

Indian Government to soon introduce agriculture specific apps

The government will be soon introducing interactive voice response systems together with various other methodologies of integrating buyer-seller platforms through mobile apps to make mobile telephony the most potent and omnipresent tool for agriculture governance, administration and development, an official said.

"A large, stupendous scope of work is on the anvil to reach out to the farmer and to change his life," said Additional Secretary, Agriculture, Raghav Chandra at the inaugural session of a seminar 'Mobile: Transforming Agricultural Value Chains Enabling e-Kranti' organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

"Increasingly there is the realisation that use of information technology has to become more pervasive and that is perhaps the only way we can achieve the next green revolution," he said. Techradar.com

UP emerges as biggest contributor to India's agriculture sector: Study

With a share of about 13%, Uttar Pradesh has emerged as biggest contributor to India's agriculture and allied sector as of 2013-14, according to a recent ASSOCHAM study.
 
''Agriculture and allied sector contributes just over 22% to UP's gross state domestic product (GSDP) as of 2013-14,'' highlighted the study titled 'States Emergence: A comparative analysis of growth & development,' conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
 
''UP has acquired 15th position amid top 20 states in India with a mere 3.2% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) in agriculture and allied sector during the decadal period of 2004-05 and 2013-14,'' noted the study prepared by the ASSOCHAM Economic Research Bureau (AERB).
 
''UP government needs to take corrective measures to revive agriculture production as it is chiefly an agrarian state and holds tremendous potential to attract significant investments in agri-infrastructure like wholesale and retail trading, storage, distribution and irrigation sectors,'' said D.S. Rawat, national secretary general of ASSOCHAM while releasing the findings of the chamber's study. Myiris.com

 

Total organic farming in Kerala State by 2016’

The government was making efforts to make Kerala an organic farming State by 2016, K.P. Mohanan, Minister for Agriculture, has said. Speaking on the occasion of the foundation-laying ceremony of the district veterinary complex at Kodimatha, the Minister said the government wanted the students to spread the message of organic farming.

As part of the campaign, the department would distribute vegetable seeds to all the school students in the State. “This will help to bring the whole family into organic farming,” he said. According to him, the campaign to make the State self-sufficient in milk production has also gathered momentum. The plan is to produce 30 lakh litres of milk from three lakh cows.  According to him, 30 blocks in the State would have veterinary hospitals where the farmers could get round-the-clock service. “Two blocks in Kottayam will be benefited by this project,” he said. Thehindu.com

 

Govt. approves price stabilization fund

The Government has approved the setting up of a Price Stabilization Fund (PSF), as a Central Sector Scheme to support market interventions for price control of perishable agri-horticultural commodities during 2014-15 to 2016-17. Initially the fund is proposed to be used for market interventions for onion and potato only.
PSF Scheme provides for advancing interest free loan to State Governments/Union Territories(UTs) and Central agencies to support their working capital and other expenses on procurement and distribution interventions for such commodities.

The Price Stabilization Fund will be managed centrally by a Price Stabilization Fund Management Committee (PSFMC) which will approve all proposals from State Governments and Central Agencies. The PSF will be maintained as a Central Corpus Fund by Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC), which will act as Fund Manager. Funds from this Central Corpus will be released in two streams, one to the State Governments/UTs as a onetime advance to each State/UT based on its first proposal and the other to the Central Agencies. The Central Corpus Fund has already been established by SFAC in 2014-15.

The one time advance to the States/UTs based on their first proposal along with matching funds from the State/UT will form a State/UT level revolving fund, which can then be used by them for all future market interventions to control prices of onions and potatoes based on approvals by State Level Committee set up explicitly for this purpose. In case of North Eastern States, the State level corpus will comprise of 75% funds from Centre and 25% from the State.

While the advance is returnable, the Central Government will share 50% of losses (75% in case of NE States), if any, at the time of settlement of the advance on 31st March, 2017. The Central Government likewise also intends to share the profits, if any, in the same ratio. The States could also request Central Agencies to undertake such operations on their behalf to be supported out of the State corpus. Additionally, the Centre can also requisition the Central Agencies like Small Farmers' Agri Business Consortium (SFAC), National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. (NAFED), etc. to undertake price control operations for onion and potato.

Procurement of these commodities will be undertaken directly from farmers or farmers' organizations at farm gate/mandi and made available at a more reasonable price to the consumers to manage prices of perishable agri-horticultural commodities. business-standard.com

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