Providing Employability through Hunar Skill Training Program
Hunar Skill Training Programs were inaugurated in 2016 at Dharwad, Akola, and Bhopal. The program, funded by John Deere, objectivises the provision of training on operations and maintenance of tractors and combines, as means to improve livelihoods and increase qualified labour force in remote markets. So far we have trained 1130 candidates. Out of 1130 candidates, 765 candidates have been successfully placed. We have started training of new batches at Akola with 26 candidates in Tractor Operator and Mechanic domain in each batch.
New Training batches under PMKVY
ISAP hasstarted ten new batches at Gharaunda and Chaura Training Centres in six different domains under the PMKVY flagship Vocational Skill Training Scheme of the NSDC, under Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
The objective of this skill certification and reward scheme is to enable and mobilize a large number of Indian youth to take up skill training and become waged and self-employable so as to earn their livelihood. Under the scheme, monetary reward would be provided to trainees who are successfully certified in skill courses.
The objective of the PMKVY training program is to train the rural youth of Haryana and to provide them with employment linkage to improve the livelihood of the farmers and unemployed rural youth in Agriculture and Food processing domains. In total, ISAP aims to train 1650 candidates and we have already successfully trained 607 candidates under this training program in Gharaunda block of Karnal District.
UnnatKisan - Maize Market Linkage
The FPO named ShikshanSamrathaSavitribaiPhule Farmer Producer Company, Undangaon under UnnatKisan Project sold 12 tonnes of Maize to Siddivinayak Poultry Br Farm and H Pvt Ltd., Yerawada, Pune. It was sold @ Rs 1780 / Qtl on 18.12.2018. This market linkage was initiated with support from FIFA. The farmers received their payments within a week. The commencement of this activity has paved the way of future business linkages for Aurangabad FPOs.
Capacity Building for Adoption of Technology (CAT) Program conducted with support from NABARD by ISAP promoted HFPC Limited, Karnal
Two exposure visits of twenty farmers of ISAP promoted FPO- Horticulture Farmers Producer Company Limited sponsored by NABARD was conducted on 17.12.2018 & 18.12.2018 respectively. The program was coordinated by Dr. S.P. Tomar, Vice Chairman, HFPC Ltd, Karnal, Haryana.
The first visit was conducted at Indian Institute of Farming System Research (IIFSR), Modipuram, Meerut on 17.12.2018. A session was conducted by the Head of Institute, Dr. R.P. Mishra (Principal Scientist) in which he explained to the FPO farmers the concepts of Integrated Farming System approach, viz.Vermiculture, Fish Farming, Dairy Farming, Inter cropping, Cultivation of Gram and Pulses. The main emphasis was given on farming system to engage farmers throughout the year.
The Farmers receivedinformationon five Technologies as mentioned below:
1. Cropping Systems and Resource Management (CSRM)
2. Organic Agriculture Systems (OAS)
3. Resource Characterization and System Diagnosis (RCSD)
4. Integrated Farming Systems (IFS)
5. Technology Transfer and Refinement (TTR)
The farmers understood and learnt about above mentioned systems/ technology from the centre. They showed eagerness to use technology/ practices/ system on their farms so as to efficiently use the available resources to reduce their costs and improve income.
The second exposure visit was conducted at Basmati Export Development Foundation (BEDF) on 18.12.2018.
There is a Demonstration and Training (D&T) Farm having over an area of about 10 acres where production of Breeder Seed is done besides exposure and training programs for the benefit of the farmers. There is also a chemical testing lab which is equipped with GC-MS, LC-MS MS and other basic equipment required for pesticide analysis work. The lab is capable of testing about 120 pesticides, which are commonly used for rice in India. Besides this, the lab is also equipped with ICP MS for testing heavy metals such as Arsenic, Cadmium, etc. Dr.Ritesh Sharma, Scientist, explained the varieties of basmati paddy with more emphasis on judicious use of pesticides on basmati paddy. He guided the farmers about the use, quality, quantity and timing use of pesticide so as to have minimal residual effects on the production. Dr.Ritesh Sharma also cautioned about the use of tricyclazole as the European countries have further tightened the norms for residue of the chemical.
Farmers understood and learnt about the described systems/ practices, use of appropriate and optimum levels of pesticide in their crops so that their produce can be exported which may result in decreasing the input cost and fetching better prices of produce by exporting to other countries.
Forging new links, fetching better prices!
ISAP has been instrumental in powering the Kaithal Vegetables Farmers Producer Company in Kaithal, Haryana. The FPC, is a producer of the LR variety of Potato, and had entered a deal in contract farming with Angel Agrotech.
However, this wasnt always the case. There was a time, before the intervention, when the FPO farmers were dependent solely on traders and aggregators for the sale of their produce. In their own words, they were naive and were not able to fetch remunerative prices for their produce. Many of the member farmers recall ruefully, how they were not very well aware of post-harvest management and would suffer because of it.
However, through various trainings on post-harvest management and market linkages provided by SFAC and ISAP, their lives changed for the better. The deal with Angel Agrotech is a living example.
The seed for the said deal was provided to the FPC by the buyer. Crop was grown in 50 acres of land, and the entire quantity of produce was picked up by the buyer. The value of the deal was Rs. 56 lacs. There was a 15-day delivery period, and the supply was completed in March, 2018. A small quantity of produce was also sold to the buyer later as seed.
The deal was so well struck that the buyer (Angel Agrotech) has signed on the FPC for the current crop as well! The product is to be supplied in March of 2019 and the FPC members couldnt be happier.
Name of the Event
Subhash Palekar Natural Farming Workshop
8 January, 2019
12 January, 2019
Food Show India
16-18 January, 2019
Reshim Bag Ground, Nagpur (Maharashtra)
Indian Plant Science Congress
23 January, 2019
T.P Ganeshan Auditorium in Kattankulathur, India
Strawberry Plucking at Mahableshwar
Until 31 January, 2019
Poultry Entrepreneurship Seminar
14 February, 2019
BioAg World Congress 2019
18-20 February, 2019
Le Meridian Hotel, New Delhi, India
Wishing you all a Great Month ahead! - ISAP Team
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