Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP) is a Not-for-Profit Organization working since 2001 and is registered under Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act. ISAP was set up by a group of Agriculture and Management Professionals with the aim to enhance livelihood opportunities for rural communities. ISAP has more than 300 dedicated full-time associates spread across 25 field offices in 18 states of India. Having worked for more than a decade in agriculture extension, ISAP has expanded its domain strengths and partnerships to contribute towards holistic rural development.

During its journey of more than a decade, ISAP has been able to make considerable impact on the lives of rural communities in general and among these BPL families and small farmers in particular. The outreach of ISAP's interventions covers more than one million rural families, 5,000 villages, 100 districts in 18 states of India. ISAP has more than 250,000 members on its facebook page and uses the strength of social media to reach out to the communities on important rural and agrarian issues. While agriculture and agri-entrepreneurship remains at the core of ISAP's program and work, it uses a partner driven approach to implement programs in other sectors viz. Rural Development, Water & Sanitation, Renewable Energy, Health, Low cost Housing through various partners.

 

Successful Completion of Ajivika Radio Project
ISAP Community Radio Station Kisan Vani Sironj, has successfully completed a Radio Project - "Ajivika"with support from our radio partner Development Alternative (https://www.devalt.org/Aboutus.aspx). In this project, around 100 episodes on Rural Livelihoods were developed. 4 community melas, 36 Street theatre plays, 30 Wall Paintings were developed.

A stakeholder meeting was conducted on 07 Dec, 2018 by Kisan Vani Sironj, on the occasion of successful completion of the radio project. Mr Prakash Waskale (RHEO), Mr.MahendraShriwastav (NRLM), Mr. PalasSethi (Bank Manager - ICICI), and Mr. Chandra Prakash (DA) were present for this meeting.
 

Pradhan MantriUjjwalaYojana

ISAP is actively involved in the Pradhan MantriUjjwalaYojana. We have trained over 3 lakh rural women in the states of West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. The scheme was launched by Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi with the aim of providing clean cooking fuel to BPL women and reducing the drudgery and hazard of biomass cooking. ISAP has successfully provided over 3500 trainings, which serve as a platform to interact with the beneficiaries, harness their experiences, and integrate them to create a knowledge base for triggering a sustainable and viable movement around Ujjwala.

These meetings also reaffirm the need for safe and regular LPG usage. This month 95 Panchayats have been conducted. Approximately 9,500 rural women have been trained during these PMLPs. Ujwala Day was observed on 8th December, 2018.

 

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
Date
Venue
Facebook Link

Subhash Palekar Natural Farming Workshop
8 January, 2019
Ahmedabad
facebook.com/events/2170903563167824/

HYDROYATRA 2019
12 January, 2019
Pan India
facebook.com/events/323765394886427/

Food Show India
16-18 January, 2019
Reshim Bag Ground, Nagpur (Maharashtra)
facebook.com/events/247028809177808/

Indian Plant Science Congress
23 January, 2019
T.P Ganeshan Auditorium in Kattankulathur, India
facebook.com/events/352462241989386/

Strawberry Plucking at Mahableshwar
Until 31 January, 2019
Mahabaleshwar
facebook.com/events/1082652611922643/

Poultry Entrepreneurship Seminar
14 February, 2019
BAMETI, Patna
facebook.com/events/275087616464808/

BioAg World Congress 2019
18-20 February, 2019
Le Meridian Hotel, New Delhi, India
facebook.com/events/472572976858240/

 
Wishing you all a Great Month ahead! - ISAP Team

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