Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

ISAP Monthly E-Newsletter_april_2016, Volume 9, Issue:4 (April, 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 a huge number of queries and interactions generated through these platforms.
  • Reached 1500 Villages, 49 blocks, 27 districts in 15 States
  • Touched and transformed 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 its 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 "Kisan Vani" in Sironj,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 :-

This month 114 farmers were taken on exposure visits to Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Anta, District Baran. Officials of Agriculture Insurance Company (AIC) and Commercial Banks also joined KVK experts in educating farmers. AIC experts educated farmers on benefits of crop insurance and process of availing insurance services in order to mitigate the loss due to weather vagaries. KVK experts informed farmers about the need and benefits of soil testing and soil health cards.

Weather has been harsh and dry in recent years. To address this problem, some water-shed structures are planned in the OCPF-IFS project areas. A total of 12 water structures have been provisioned under the project. in the month of April, construction of two farm ponds got completed at Bonli block of SWM and Nainwa blocks of Bundi. Construction work at Khandhar has also started. Hopefully, all the structures will be completed before monsoon, this year.

Farmers of Anta and Kishanganj blocks attending exposure visit organized at KVK, Anta

Snapshots showing excavation work progress at Bonli (District SWM) and Nainwa (District Bundi)

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 the 1st phase, ISAP has formed a total of seven (7) Farmer Producer Organizations in the 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 April, installation work of Agri-pole device got completed. Agri-pole device is an innovative technique of disseminating information/app to the mobile phone of farmers without internet. For educating farmers on proven cropping technique, an android based app called Krishi Gyan has been developed. This app also assists farmers in diagnosing disease and pest problems in their fields and provides probable control measures. Agri-pole is installed in project areas, where internet connectivity is weak or absent, for farmers to download Krishi Gyan App. These Agri-poles have been installed at 50 prominent locations including 6 Agri-Village Resource Centres (AVRCs).

A meeting of IFS farmers was held at the Gulbarga regional office regarding the distribution of IFS Components to the farmers. Dr SA Patil chaired this meeting. Under this component of Integrated Farming System (IFS), select farmers are being provided support for setting up of Vermi-compost, Low Pressure Drip Irrigation System, Goatry and Dairy etc. The objective is to help enhance income of the farmers through various means other than conventional farming.

A meeting was conducted to discuss of business plans at Agri-village resource center in Gudur. The Board of Directors of all the federations were present in this meeting. Members discussed the opportunity areas and execution plan for the forthcoming season.

Farmers discussing the Krishi Gyan Application and knowing about its uses from the technical team at the Aurad AVRC

Board of Directors meeting at the AVRC Gudur for discussing the business plan

Meeting taking place at Gulbarga regional office over distribution of IFS components among the farmer


SFAC sponsored projects

Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP) has been delegated the responsibility for setting up 51 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, Telangana and Karnataka. 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 of SFAC sponsored projects:

Under these programs, 29 FPOs have been registered so far; 2 under MIDH-Haryana, 4 under MP Special project-1, 14 under Karnataka Special project (KSP), 2 under NFSM-Telangana, 5 under NFSM-Aurangabad and 2 under NFSM-Karnataka. Now, registration of 8 FPOs under MP Special Project-2 and 2 FPOs under VIUC-Ajmer project respectively is under process. Now, the registered FPOs are busy in getting their statutory clearances like pan card number, opening bank account, getting TIN TAN and input licences etc in order to start business activities. The FIGs are encouraged to do shares collection from their member farmers.

For capacity building of farmers, a training program on seed production and azolla cultivation was conducted at Mehra Village, Teh. Charkhi Dadri, District Bhiwani. Dr YV Singh of IARI provided training on azolla cultivation and a seed specialist, Mr Preetam Singh of Beej India Company Limited provided training on seed production. Also, a model unit was set up at the farm of Mr Surender Singh. Post this training, select farmers were assisted in getting Breeder seed of Pusa, New Delhi.

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Glimpses of the training on seed production

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Glimpses of training on Azolla cultivation

Glimpse of Azolla unit installed at farmers field

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:-

Currently, mobilization work is in progress. So far, 35878 farmers have been mobilized in the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. These farmers are being organized into 1125 Farmer Interest Groups (FIGs). These groups are being trained on good agriculture practices. A total to 50 crop demonstrations were set up in the project areas in past rabi season. Major crops covered under these demonstrations include wheat, Bengal gram, sorghum and water melon. Fortunately, these demonstrations could survive even in parched situation in Telangana and Maharashtra. Harvest of some of these crops was completed in April end. Field teams are compiling the yield data and initial yield results are quite encouraging.

FIG Meeting in Janwada Block and Lingsugur Block

Demo plot for wheat in Baragon Varanasi and Crop Demonstration in Bidar Karnataka

Agri-clinic Agri-business Program –

ISAP is running the Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) in 12 states under the aegis of MANAGE. This training is being provided to unemployed agriculture and allied sector graduates. After the training, ISAP provides active hand-holding support to these trained agripreneurs for 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

Success Story:-

“Do not get upset by your failures, learn from them and start again”, says Rajendra Patidar. Rajendra Patidar an agri-graduate belonged to a poor family and despite of the financial constraints, he wanted to start his own venture. He heard of the ACABC training and went for the interview but was rejected in the first round. He felt disappointed and hopeless at that time but he did not quit. Finally, he did attend the ACABC training during from January to March 2013. ”The training provided me with the confidence and knowledge to start the venture”,says Rajendra. He applied for a loan from the Bank of India. As he had no property to mortgage, it became very difficult for him to get the loan approved but he did not give up. It took him more than a year to get his loan of 5 lakhs sanctioned. He set up a dairy unit with six animals and made it successful through his constant efforts and hard work. His monthly earning reached INR 30,000 per month with his dairy venture. After the success of dairy farming, Rajendra started a soil testing lab with some facilities, in the month of April, 2016. In the very first month, Rajendra tested 150 samples. He charges INR 600/- per sample. “I have also applied for the license of pesticides shop and I hope I will be able to open it till July or August 2016”,informed Rajendra.

ISAP wishes Rajendra all the best for his future endeavors.

His coordinates are as below:

Phone: 09407422514



Glimpses of Dairy farm and soil testing lab

Science & Technology

Soil Moisture Indicator

Dr Bakshi Ram, Director of ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore launched the “Soil Moisture Indicator"(SMI) device at the Institute premises. To save water and to facilitate irrigation-scheduling, ICAR-SBI has developed a handy and user-friendly electronic moisture indicating device, named “Soil Moisture Indicator". The device helps farmers in deciding when to irrigate their fields and as a result there is considerable saving of irrigation water. The sensor rods of SMI need to be inserted into the soil to a required depth to assess the soil moisture, which is indicated by glowing LEDs. This device is suitable for use in agricultural farms as well as in potted plants.


 Do You Know

Pitcher Plants

The Pitcher Plant grows in nutrient-deficient soils. To make up for this, it has found an alternative way to get nutrients. It produces a sweet-smelling liquid at the bottom of its “cup” structure, which attracts insects. Any unlucky insect which falls in will find it impossible to get out due to the slippery inner walls. The insect gradually drowns and becomes food for the plant.


Prominent Contributors to Agriculture

Henry Blair (1807–1860) was the second African American inventor to receive a patent. He was born in Glen Ross, Maryland, United States in 1807. His first invention was the Seed-Planter, patented October 14, 1834, which allowed farmers to plant more corn using less labor in a smaller amount of time. On August 31, 1836 he obtained a second patent for a cotton planter. This invention worked by splitting the ground with two shovel-like blades which were pulled along by a horse. A wheel-driven cylinder followed behind which dropped the seed into the newly plowed ground. Blair had been a successful farmer for years and developed the inventions as a means of increasing efficiency in farming.


News Highlights

Government Works towards Doubling Income of Farmers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made his public that his government's plan is to double the farmers' income in the next five years. This announcement was made in the Budget 2016-17. Apart from that government is also trying to remove debt problems of the farmers. For the same government has increased Agricultural Credit target to Rs. 9 lakh crore for the year 2016-17. This is being done to ensure that all farmers are with institutional fold. Also the Government is taking long term measures to remove the problems of the farmers.


Wheat procurement sees 3-fold jump to 14.58 million tonnes so far

The government's wheat purchase has increased nearly three-fold to 14.58 million tonnes so far in the 2016-17 marketing year starting this month. The government has kept a wheat procurement target of 30.5 MT for the current year, as against actual procurement of 28.08 MT in the last year. "The procurement as on April 21 was 14.58 million tonnes, which shows an increase of 9.70 million tonnes over the previous year

Source: economictimes

FDI in farm sector jumps to Rs 553 crore in April-February FY16

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in agriculture sector increased to Rs 553.14 crore during the first eleven months of 2015-16, the government said today. "The FDI inflow from April 2015 to February 2016 is Rs 553.14 crore. This is much higher than Rs 365.31 crore in the entire 2014-15 fiscal, as per the data placed before the Lower House. FDI in farm sector stood at Rs 559.66 crore in 2013-14 and Rs 875.90 crore in 2012-13, the data showed.

Source: economictimes

India gets its first 2G Ethanol plant in Uttarakhand

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the country's first second-Generation (2G) Ethanol plant at Kashipur in Uttarakhand. "The technology is suited for both Indian and global needs and it is projected to be capable of converting all types of agricultural residues like bagasse, rice and wheat straw, bamboo, cotton stalk, corn stover, wood chips to ethanol in less than 24 hours, with optimum product yields," the Union Minister for Science Technology and Earth Sciences said.

Source: economictimes

Good monsoon to help agriculture GDP grow by 7-8% in FY17: SBI

Country's agricultural GDP is most likely to witness a robust performance in 2016-17 and may even touch 7-8% if Met's prediction of a good monsoon comes true, says a SBI report. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted "above normal" monsoon for this year, easing fears over farm and economic growth after two consecutive years of drought. We believe the agricultural GDP is most likely to witness a robust performance in 2016-17 and may even touch 7-8% mark because of IMD projections amid the government's plan to lift agriculture sector," the SBI research report said.


President Pranab Mukherjee recommends bill providing protective measures for farmers of arid areas

At a time when many states are reeling under severe drought, President Pranab Mukherjee has recommended consideration of a private member's bill that provides for protective measures for farmers of arid, desert and drought-prone areas and a welfare fund with an initial corpus of Rs 10,000 crore. The bill, if enacted, will involve expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of India.

Source: economictimes

Dairies likely to review milk prices around May

As milk supplies drop by around 15-20% with the onset of summers, dairies are likely to review milk prices around May. Summers are the lean months for milk production, and as such supplies fall around this time every year. This year, it is coupled with rising fodder and cattle feed costs owing to drought like situation in many parts of the country. Moreover, the commodity prices (fat and skimmed milk powder) have started firming up after remaining stable for a long time. Dairies thus are under pressure to raise the procurement prices to farmers to boost production, and as such a review of the retail milk prices is likely around first week of May.

Source: economictimes

India got $397 million FDI for agri promotion in last 4 years

India has received foreign direct investment (FDI) of $397.08 million in the last four years for promotion of its agriculture sector, with maximum inflows from Mauritius followed by Singapore and Germany. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said foreign investment of $397.08 million was received for promoting the country's agriculture sector during April 2012 and February 2016.

Source: economictimes


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