Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

ISAP Monthly E-Newsletter, Volume 9, Issue:12 (December, 2016)


- ISAP Activities

Conferences & Exhibitions

Science & Technology

Prominent Contributors to Agriculture

Do you know

- 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, 250 blocks, 100 districts in 18 states
  • Touched and transformed lives of 5 lakh Indian farming families
  • Provided Entrepreneurship Development training to 5000 agri-graduates and incubated 1783 successful ventures
  • Trained 10000 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 6 lakh farmer queries through 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" 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-AES Project, Karnataka

In phase I, the OCPF-AES project started as a soil health improvement and yield enhancement program. In a span of four years, the project culminated into institutionalization of project farmers into Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and integration of these FPOs into the existing market value chain. In the first phase, ISAP formed seven FPOs 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 Update :-

OCPF-Morocco Team visited the OCPF AES Project area in district Gulbarga, especially the AVRC at Kamalapur, where they inaugurated the Goat Resource Centre and also paid a visit to the crop demonstration plots of Bengal Gram. These crop demo plots were established at farmers’ fields under the OCPS-AES Project, and where standard POPs and routine agriculture advisory services by project team were practiced, these plots yielded much more in comparison to controlled plots.

The Goat Resource Centre was inaugurated by the Chief Executive Officer – Mr. Anirudh Sharavan, IAS, Zilla Panchayat Gulbarga, Mr. Imadeddine Rouini, Project Officer Morocco along with Mr. Ahemad Jelloul, Dr. S A Patil and Sudarshan Suryawanshi. This Goat Resource Centre has been established with the objective to provide quality breeds of goats to the farmers and establishing the practice of goat rearing as a profit making business.

Visit by OCPF-Morocco team

Inauguration of Goat Resource Centre

Farmers visit to Krishi Mela-Dharwad

Farmers visit to Krishi Mela- Bagalkote

A team of progressive farmers of the project area were taken for an exposure visit to Krishi Mela (Farmers fair) organized at Dharwad, Raichur and Bagalkote districts for experience sharing and mutual learning by other participants from different parts of the state.

Health Camp Programme under OCPF

Health Camp Programme under OCPF

Through the OCPF Project, this year 11 health camps have been organized in different places of the project area. These health camps have proved very helpful for the villagers in terms of advisory services, free health checkups and free medicines.

Farmers Exposure Visit to Demo Plots:

Exposure visits for farmers to learn various activities

OCPF-IFS Project, Rajasthan

ISAP is working with small and marginalized farmers in Baran, Bundi and Sawai Madhopur districts of Rajasthan through the OCPF-IFS project. Key interventions are being made to increase productivity of field crops, vegetables and fruits through implementation of advanced crop production technologies, integrated farming practices, resource conservation like watershed harvesting management and generating in-farm resources like vermi-compost and bio-pesticides.

Efforts are being made to strengthen the FPOs through linkages to marketing and value chain stakeholders. Agri Village Resource Centers (AVRCs) have been established in all 6 operational blocks of the project to provide a common platform for the FPOs to run enterprises. These have been provided with tractors, farm machinery, warehouse, net house for nursery, vermi-compost pit, medical dispensary, children’s play zone, and a large platform for drying and winnowing of farmers’ produce.

Monthly Update :-

A delegation consisting of Mr. Imadeddine Rouini (OCPF- Morocco), Mr. Ahemad Jelloul (OCPF- Morocco), Dr. S A Patil, Mr. Sudarshan Suryawanshi (CEO-ISAP) visited project areas in Rajasthan during 23-24 December 2016. They inaugurated the Agri-Village Resource Center (AVRC) at Hindoli. This AVRC is equipped with farm machinery, custom hiring centre, honey processing unit, papad making unit, shed net nursery, vermin-composting unit, agri-input store, computer training center, ware house and aggregation platform.

ISAP CEO Mr. Sudarshan Suryawanshi addressing the FPO members during inauguration of AVRC-Hindoli

Mr. Imadeddine Rouini (OCPF- Morocco) and Dr S A Patil discussing the product at the Honey Processing Unit

‘Dharini’ Honey produced and marketed by Vrandavati Kisan Producer Company Ltd.

Spices under brand name ‘Dharini’ by Jai Bhawani Farmer Producer Company Limited (FPO)

‘Dharini' brand Honey is being produced, processed and marketed by Vrandavati Kisan Producer Company Ltd., Hindoli. Honey of Litchi and Eucalyptus is available in 250 gm, 500 gm and 1 kg packings. Jai Bhawani Farmer Producer Company Limited (FPO) from Block Nainwa district- Bundi has installed spice grinding machines and launched ‘Dharini’ brand spices in the market.

SFAC-sponsored Projects

ISAP has been delegated the responsibility of setting up 54 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: (Karnataka)

Training of CEO and the Board of Directors:

To make an FPO successful, it is required to have a proper coordination between the board of directors and the CEO of the company. After conducting the CEO training, in December the Directors training was also started in each FPO. There was a visit by a resource person and the training material was provided by ISAP.

The topics covered during this training was-

1. Role and responsibilities of the directors.
2. The importance of account keeping and the processes needed to be followed for that.
3. The important post-registration activities, which FPO needs to carry out.
4. Proper utilization of funds provided by the department as well as SFAC.

Apart from this, the doubts and questions raised by the directors were answered by the resource person.


Board of Directors Training Programme

Lead Farmers Training of Sericulture FPO:

A Farmers’ training was conducted from 14th to 16th December 2016, in which 92 lead farmers participated in three batches. Mr. Aradhya and Smt. Gouramma from MYRADA Hospet had come as resource persons and conducted the training at Government Agriculture Training Centre Arabhavi in Gokak Taluka.

At this training, duties and responsibilities of lead farmers were explained in detail. Procedures for conducting meetings of FIGs were explained with demonstrations and mock meetings, and record-keeping and account-keeping were also explained. Regular savings of members were encouraged and group activities for development were taught. The training was very successful and all trainees and LRPS who attended the training benefitted a great deal by the exposure given to them.

Farmers Training Program of Sericulture FPO


Project SHARE

This is the second phase of Project SHARE (Sustainable Harvest Agriculture Resources and Environment)

The project will augment yields of 30,000 farmers across eight districts of Maharashtra (Amravati, Akola, Nagpur, Wardha, Yavatmal, Washim, Jalna and Aurangabad) and three districts of Telangana (Nizamabad, Asifabad and Adilabad). This is being done sustainably through input-output management, capacity building of farmers, imparting best package of practices through creation of demonstrations/ model plots, creating water harvesting structures, facilitating market linkages and aggregating them into sustainable Farmer Producer Organizations engaged in profitable agri business operations. The project will also impart trainings to lead farmers on Integrated Farming System (IFS) through promotion of livestock rearing, raising of horticultural crops and vermi composting.

The project will engage 30,000 farmers from 30 blocks and about 400 villages from the respective states of Maharashtra and Telangana. These farmers will be mobilized into 30 new Farmer Producer Organizations. The project will also create 600 women Self Help Groups engaging over 6000 rural women and imparting skill development trainings for engaging them in small scale business enterprises.

Monthly Activities:

FPO registration is in progress in both states (Maharashtra and Telangana). Harvesting of soybean has been done in Telangana. Farmer trainings were the major activity during the last month. The topics covered were Integrated Nutrient Management, Integrated Pest Management, and Good Agriculture practices like use of organic inputs, use of improved agricultural equipments and soil testing.

Farmer Training in Jalna district, Maharashtra

Farmer Training in Nizamabad district of Telangana

Agri-clinic Agri-business Program

ISAP is running an Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) in 12 states under the aegis of MANAGE. Under this program, training is 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 ventures. 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 businesses successfully. We share one such success story with our readers in each ISAP newsletter.

Success Story

‘’Don’t be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again’’, says Od Vishal Rameshbhai who is an agricultural graduate and lives in Hansalpur village of Viramgam block in Ahmadabad district of Gujarat. Od Vishal was born and brought up in an agrarian family and therefore developed a natural inclination towards agriculture during his childhood days. At times, he used to join his parents in the field during the farming operations. This inclination towards farming activities further led him to pursue a course in agriculture sciences when he grew up.

While doing his graduation in the university, Od Vishal heard about MANAGE’s Agri-Clinic and Agri-Business course conducted by ISAP from his friends who had done this course earlier and further started their own agri-business ventures. ’’I made my mind to do this course and met Mr. Dilip Patel, the Nodal Officer of ISAP in Vadodara. Meeting him developed a vision in me about how this course could help me to take up business ventures in multiple domains of agriculture’’, says Od Vishal. He joined the two- month long ACABC training programme at ISAP Vadodara in the month of April 2015, and further started providing agri-advisory services along with an agri-input shop which he started with the financial assistance received from Ahmadabad District Co-operative Bank Limited.

‘’I chose to start the agri advisory services as I felt it is a need, especially for the small and marginal farmers of my village. Earlier, for agri-advisory services, the farmers of my village used to solely rely on the agri-input dealer who most of the time sold the wrong combination of seeds, fertilizers and plant growth hormones to them just for the sake of making money. These inputs used to be of inferior quality and failed in giving good yields due to which farmers were bearing losses on their hard-earned invested money. Along with it, other factors like nutrient content of soil, reduction in ground water availability and climatic factors like irregular rains have negatively impacted the yield obtained by the farmers’’, says Od Vishal.

According to Od Vishal, through his business initiative he has helped around 50 farmers last year covering around 10 villages. He helps farmers in better decision making in various ways such as selection of right quality of agri-inputs, recommending crop-specific package of practices based on the soil conditions of their land so that the farmers’ resources like money, land, labor, and water can be optimally used by them. Od Vishal earns around Rs.15,000 to 16,000 per month by providing agri-advisory services to the farmers. In this way, he not only generates an income for himself, but also helps the farmers in obtaining better income by choosing the right combination of agri-inputs and including the right package of practices in their agricultural operations.

ISAP wishes Od Vishal Rameshbhai all the best for his future endeavours.

Od Vishal Rameshbhai can be contacted at 7600629931.

Od Vishal Rameshbhai at his Agri-input shop in Hansalpur village of Ahmadabad district

Skill Training Program for Tractor Operator and Mechanic – New Holland

ISAP has initiated a skill training program in Tractor Operator and Mechanic in Maharashtra and Karnataka, funded by New Holland India. The main objective of the program is to prepare rural youth for improved livelihoods by making them skilled and employable in the Farm Mechanization Sector. There is a gap of trained tractor operators and tractor mechanics in rural areas of India, and this project will be focusing on bridging that gap. The goal of this program is to increase access to livelihood and income among the unemployed youth through skill development. In particular, the program aims to provide skills training to 160 people. Each training course is for 70 days, including 40 days of classroom training and 30 days of practical training. Classroom training includes both theory and practical with machinery and equipment. The training is free of cost for the trainees and is a non-residential training program.

Monthly Activities:-

Currently, this program is being implemented in Gulbarga (Karnataka) and Nagpur (Maharashtra). Till now ISAP has trained 132 candidates in both the locations. Out of these, 97 candidates are placed in various organizations and placement of remaining candidates is in process.

ISAP has started the final batch of training program at Nagpur, Maharashtra on 1st December 2016 with a strength of 30 candidates.

Skill Training Program in Nagpur, Maharashtra

‘Hunar’ Skills Training Program and IFS - John Deere

ISAP and Global Communities has initiated the Hunar Skills program in Dharwad region, Karnataka; Bhopal region, Madhya Pradesh; and Nagpur/Akola region, Maharashtra. This programme is funded by John Deere India. The main objective of this program is to provide training on operations and maintenance of tractors and combines, as a means to improve livelihoods and increase qualified labor force in remote markets. Each training course is for 45 days, including 30 days of classroom training and 15 days of practical training. Classroom training includes both theory and practical with machinery and equipment. The training is free of cost for the trainees and is a full residential training program with lodging and boarding arrangements. In particular, the program aims to provide skills training to 720 individuals. Apart from this, the program also aims to improve agricultural productivity by introducing Integrated Farming Systems (IFS) in rural Indian markets by providing training on IFS to 1,350 farmers.

Monthly Activities:-

“Hunar” Skills Program was inaugurated on March 1st, 2016 at Akola, Maharashtra, and at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on April, 2016, and on 4th May, in Dharwad district of Karnataka. Till now 210 candidates have been trained at all the three locations. ISAP also started a new batch in Tractor Mechanic domain on 21st October 2016 at Dharwad, Karnataka with a strength of 30 candidates.

Skill Training Program at Dharwad, Karnataka

IEX - Hunar Training Program

ISAP has initiated Hunar Training Program in ‘Solar Energy Technician’ in Samastipur district of Bihar, funded by ‘India Energy Exchange’. The main objective of the program is to prepare the youth for improved livelihoods by making them skilled and employable in the Solar Energy Sector. There is a gap of trained Solar Energy Technicians in Bihar, and this project will be focusing on bridging that gap. The goal of this program is to increase access to livelihood and income among the unemployed youth through skill development. In particular, the program aims to provide skills training to 175 people. Each training course is for 60 days, including 45 days of classroom training and 15 days of practical training. Classroom training includes both theory and practical with machinery and equipment. The training is free of cost for the trainees and is a non-residential training program.

Monthly Activities:-

Currently, this program is being implemented in Samastipur (Bihar). ISAP has started 3 batches on 15th November 2016 with a strength of 90 candidates in Solar Energy Technician domain.

Skill Training Program at Samastipur, Bihar

SAAHAJ MPC-Awareness Programmes

SAHAAJ Milk Producer Company initiated an awareness programme, funded by World Bank and supported by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). The programme's objective is to improve the penetration and effective functioning of the SAHAAJ MPC, through capacity-building of the farmers. The programme is further categorized into Producers Awareness Programme, Clean Milk Production Programme, and Women Awareness Programme.

In the initial phase of the project, the emphasis was more on capacity-building of the existing shareholders/ member farmers of SAHAAJ MPC. Gradually, the focus also moved on to encourage potential members to purchase the shares of SAHAAJ MPC. During the last month of project activities, 22516 dairy farmers were covered under the training programmes with around 7670, 14846 and 3207 participants under Producer Awareness Program (PAP), Clean Milk Production (CMP) and Women Awareness Programme (WAP) respectively. Women Awareness Programme has been successfully completed covering around 48296 women participants.

Topics covered under the training programmes are benefits of SAHAAJ MPC membership, improved feed and health practices for the animals, maintaining the quality of milk produce, supply of quality milk to the MPC regularly to avail maximum benefits, importance of clean milk production, factors/reasons affecting quality of milk (breeding and feeding) and explaining the disadvantages of milk adulteration.

In addition to the above, Women Awareness Programmes (WAP) also covered social issues like dealing with restrictive social norms, sources of getting information and persons to be contacted for help.

Capacity building training in Dharwar MPP of Etawah district

Capacity building training in Chhabra MPP of Chandausi district

Science & Technology:

A Uber for Agriculture :

The government of Rajasthan signed an agreement with a start-up, EM3 Agriservices, to establish up to 300 centers that provide agricultural equipment and services on a pay-for-use basis. The same month, the two-year-old farming-as-a-service (FAAS) company, with 12 custom agri-service centers - branded 'Samadhan techno kheti' - that rent out services and equipment to farmers in Madhya Pradesh, was invited to present its business model to Bill Gates, whose Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed major funds to boost yields and incomes of millions of small farmers in developing countries of Africa and Asia.

It provides technology-based services that can be afforded by small farmers who constitute the bulk of India's population. It attempts to find a solution to all the key problems - fragmented land holdings, rising labor costs, inadequate information about modern farming methods, and prohibitively expensive mechanization and technology - that keep farm productivity low and Indian farmers poor. EM3's Samadhan techno kheti centers are equipped with the entire range of machines, tools and technology needed for precision farm operations for crops such as oil seeds, sugarcane, pulses, rice and wheat. It provides high engineering, IT, mobile technology, payment gateways, all together for the farmer. Right from soil preparation to harvesting, it does everything on a pay-for-use basis. Farmers who need to avail Samadhan services can book it online, or offline, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Prominent Contributors to Agriculture:

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver(1860s – January 5, 1943), was an American botanist and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he was born into slavery in Missouri, either in 1861, or January 1864.Carver's reputation is largely based on publicity regarding his promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes. He wanted poor farmers to grow alternative crops both as a source of their own food and as a source of other products to improve their quality of life. The most popular of his 44 practical bulletins for farmers contained 105 food recipes using peanuts. He spent years developing and promoting numerous products made from peanuts; none were commercially successful. He was also a leader in promoting environmentalism. He received numerous honors for his work, including the Spingarn Medal of the NAACP. In an era of very high racial polarization, his fame reached beyond the black community. He was widely recognized and praised in the white community for his many achievements and talents. In 1941, Time magazine dubbed Carver a "Black Leonardo".


Do you know

Stilton cheese (made of real gold)

Foodie cheese-makers have created what they hope will be an indulgent addition to your Christmas menu -- a Stilton cheese made of real gold. Clawson Stilton Gold will sell for £60.87 per 100 g. slice, or £608 a kilo.(almost 1,000 US Dollars) -that's 67 times more pricey than regular Stilton. Taking the title of the most expensive UK cheese ever made, it would even cost £6 just for the cheese to top one cracker. Clawson says that the premium white Stilton is so expensive because it's shot-through with a combination of real edible gold leaf and real gold liqueur. They claim to have already been contacted by a Gulf-based oil sheikh and a famous pop star desperate to sample a piece of the unique cheese.



News Highlights

Demonetization: MGNREGA hires plummet by 23% in November

The Modi government’s demonetization move seems to have taken the wind out of the sails of an already faltering job guarantee scheme. The number of households getting work in November dropped by 23% compared to the previous month and those being turned back empty-handed jumped to a staggering 23.4 lakh, almost twice the number in October. Compared to the same month last year, work given this November is down by over 55%, indicating this is not a seasonal decline peculiar to November. With the overall employment situation grim, this dip in jobs is expected to increase distress in rural areas. If there was work available (in MGNREGA), we would have got some relief at least. Now we get casual labor work at just Rs 50 per day, sometimes. Mostly we are just sitting, waiting," says Suniya Laguri, a 20-year old woman in Jharkhand's West Singhbhum district.

With the reported return of thousands of migrants, the situation has worsened in rural areas as there is an army of unemployed in villages. Sowing for rabi (winter crop) is in progress but it cannot absorb everybody. This was the right time for the job guarantee scheme to open its doors wider and provide much needed relief.

Source: economictimes

Cheque payments making farmers' lives more difficult

Post demonetization, Manjit Singh, a farmer in Punjab, is grappling with a new financial reality - a queer mix of debit and credit in cash starved villages where farmers are beginning to get some payments in cheques while their suppliers want currency notes. The vegetable and paddy farmer from Malerkotla is yet to receive Rs 35,000 from commission agents who took his produce. He has bought diesel and fertilizer on credit of Rs 20,000 -half of it taken from somebody from whom he had Post demonetization, Manjit Singh, a farmer in Punjab, is grappling with a new financial reality -a queer mix of debit and credit in cash starved villages where farmers are beginning to get some payments in cheques while their suppliers want currency notes.

The vegetable and paddy farmer from Malerkotla is yet to receive Rs 35,000 from commission agents who took his produce. He has bought diesel and fertilizer on credit of Rs 20,000 - half of it taken from somebody from whom he had never borrowed before-a petrol pump owner. “I have to pay Rs 10,000 to the petrol pump owner for the diesel I bought, Rs 6,000 to the cooperative society and Rs 4,000 to the laborers. I am concerned that any of these days, the petrol pump guy will land up at my house for the money,” he says.

Farmers are worried about the new debt they are taking with interest rates as high as 36% to make sure they are able to plant and look after the new crop after demonetization disrupted the cash-based village economy. Many farmers say they are being forced to sell produce at prices far lower than market rates.

Source: economictimes

Farmers can now grow and harvest trees in 128 taluks of Karnataka

Farmers are free to grow and harvest all tree species, except sandalwood and rosewood, in 128 taluks of the state. A clarification to this effect from the state government has brought a big relief to farmers. They will only need transit passes if they wish to transport the timber. The relaxation, however, does not apply to nine districts of Chamarajanagar, Mysuru, Madikeri, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, Chikmagalur and Hassan. They can grow any species, but will need permission to harvest and transport Timber. We want to promote agro forestry and encourage people to grow trees and earn incomes by meeting the market demand for timber," said TM Vijay Bhaskar, additional chief secretary, forest, environment and ecology department. "This will help them reduce their dependence on farm crops and diversify their income sources," he added. The government has directed all tree officers in 128 taluks that if anyone applies for permission for felling of trees.

Source: economictimes

Madhya Pradesh government plans cash van facility at vegetable mandis:

The Madhya Pradesh government has planned to make cash van facility available at all retail vegetable mandis in the state, following reports of price crash of agri commodities like potatoes, onion, tomatoes.“In a meeting, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told officials concerned to hold discussions with the banks for making cash van facility available at retail vegetables mandis in the state,” a Public Relations department official said. The meeting was convened to discuss the prices of potatoes, onion, tomatoes and other horticulture crops beside food grains. The official apprised that the principal secretaries of Food and Agriculture departments were given the responsibility to keep an eye on the prices of horticulture produce and food grains on daily basis. “The CM also directed the officials to seek necessary cooperation from the Union Agriculture Ministry while making arrangements for the procurement of red gram and soybean on support price,” he said.

The officials would also hold discussions with transporters to solve their problems, as far as transportation of vegetables is concerned. The CM also told the officials to take all necessary steps and ensure that the farmers get reasonable rates for their produce.

Read more at: indianexpress

Over Rs 6 lakh Cr worth farm produce traded on e-mandis :

Farm produce worth Rs. 6.14 lakh crore have been traded through the national online agriculture market till December 16, agriculture ministry officials informed. Currently, 250 mandis in 10 states are linked to the electronic-National Agriculture Market, or e-NAM, launched on a pilot basis in April with 22 mandis. The rest of the wholesale markets were integrated with portal in October. Till December 16, 31.13 lakh tonnes of agriculture produce worth Rs. 6, 13,890.61 crore have been transacted on the e-NAM platform, an agriculture ministry official said. “About 8.55 lakh farmers have sold their produce while 59,155 traders have made purchase, and 30,790 commission agents have been registered on the e-NAM plat form," the official said. The portal facilitates online payment of sale proceeds to farmers, ministry officials said, adding that states are being asked to encourage direct transfer of sales proceeds to farmers bank account.

The government is also developing legal framework to enable interstate trading of commodities. Currently, online trading is done within the state. The e-NAM project is expected to improve the earnings of farmers, make available trade at a lower cost to buyers, and develop permanent mandis. The government targets to integrate 585 markets with e-NAM by March 2018, out of which 400 markets will become e-mandis by March next year. The government targets to enable interstate trading on e-NAM by March 2018, said the official quoted earlier. Currently, quality parameters for 69 commodities including cereals, pulses, oil seeds, spices, fruits and vegetables have been notified for trading on the e-NAM platform. Officials said there is more transparency with technology being used to assess aspects such as moisture levels and crop sizes, eliminating dependence on the whims and fancies of traders.

Read more at: economictimes

Demonetization: Fruit, vegetable traders plan to halt operations if situation doesn't improve

Traders are contemplating shuttering their operations in a few days if there is no respite from the cash crunch, which has triggered a payment crisis and sparked heated arguments between farmers, who are offering perishables at half to one-third the price that prevailed last week, and traders, who don't have legal cash to pay. "We will see for the next three to four days before taking a call to close the Azadpur mandi. If we don't have money, how can we pay our laborers, farmer, and transporter?" said Metharam Kriplani, president of Chamber of Azadpur Fruit and Vegetable Traders. Some market players said tax authorities have raided big traders in Azadpur, a major regional hub. Others said sellers were reluctantly accepting Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from large buyers. We will see for the next three to four days before taking a call to close the Azadpur mandi. If we don't have money, how can we pay our laborers, farmer, and transporter?" said Metharam Kriplani, president of Chamber of Azadpur Fruit and Vegetable Traders. "For how long can you run a business in debt? Even paying half amount to farmers for their sale of produce is not solving the problem as it is leading to poor supplies and lowering the purchasing power of traders. The market will crash," said Mukesh Tiwari, past chairman of Ghazipur mandi. The solution is to install card machines, said Balkrishan Sharma, who buy vegetables worth Rs 1-2 lakh a day for 50-100 vegetable vendors.

Read more at: economictimes


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