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.

 

Farmers Participatory Seed Production
North eastern Karnataka is popularly known as pulse bowl of Karnataka, where red gram is one of the major pulse grown at an area of 5.36 lakh ha under dry land area.

The major lacuna is the non-availability of the varieties which are resistance/tolerance to the wild disease and in the field conditions some patches of the land has been affected it can clearly visible as the dry patches in the red gram field.

ISAP promoted FPO, Dayasagar Horticulture Farmers Producer Company Limited(DHFPCL), has addressed this problem by the production and supply of good quality TS3R seeds of Red Gram to the farming community in large scale by the use of “Farmers Participatory Seed Production” approach where the foundation seeds are distributed to the farmers. DHFPCL engaged Karnataka State Seed Certification agency for certification of these seeds. Seed production was carried out under the guidance of Karnataka State Seed Certification agency. Farmers now can sell this certified seeds in forthcoming season to their fellow farmers or other interested parties.

In addition to this, ISAP has been instrumental in empowering the FPOs by providing trainings on post-harvest management and market linkages. This year, above FPO supplied5450 quintal of red gramto NAFED under Price Support Scheme (PSS). FPO aggregated this produce from its 554 member farmers.
 

Supplying Dry Chilli to ITC

The Hungund Horticulture Farmer Producer Company, Hungund, Karnataka promoted by ISAP under Karnataka Special Project-2 have started supplying Dry Chilli to ITC, Guntur. The variety supplied was LH-5. The product was directly procured from the farmer’s field then graded and supplied. Until now the company has supplied about 48 quintals of Dry Chilli to ITC.This is the first milestone achieved by this FPO. Many more FPOs are now showing interest in this proposition.

 

Participation in 4th AGRI LEADERSHIP SUMMIT-2019

 
 
ISAP promoted FPOs namely Horticulture Farmers Producer Company Limited(HFPCL) and NilokheriFarmers Producer Company Limited(NFPCL) sponsored by NABARD participated in the 4th AGRI LEADERSHIP SUMMIT-2019which was organised by Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board, CCS Haryana Agricultural University & The Haryana State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation Limited and conducted at IIHM, Ganaur (Sonipat), Haryana from 15.02.2019 to 17.02.2019 which was aimed at doubling income of the farmers.

In this event,farmers from different areas such as Ambala, Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat, Yamunanagar&Kurukshetra., etc., also participated in the summit. Stalls were put up by HFPCL & NFPCLto display its products namely paddy seed, honey, chemical free potatoes, capsicum, wheat flour and pheromone traps, funnel traps, fungicides and insecticides. It was a great opportunity for HFPCL & NFPCL for networking and to showcase their products to potential buyers.This event proved to be very beneficial for our FPCs to get information about branding, peri-urban farming, direct link between farm and consumers, electronic farm trading, organic farming, A2 Milk: Healthy Milk and helped FPCs to link up with new consumers in terms of improved marketability and business expansion.
 
 

New Training batches under PMKVY

 
 
PMKVY is the flagship vocational skill training scheme of the NSDC under Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurshipobjectivizes 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 all, ISAP aims to train 1650 candidates and we have so far successfully trained 697 candidates under this training program in Gharaunda block of Karnal District. Post training, ISAP team is helping these candidates in securing jobs or starting businesses (self-employment).
 
 

 

Unemployment Ended through skilling

 
The following story is the journey of a trainee, Vikas Kumar s/o IndralalKacher, who is 10th passed and hails from a very small village, Mangaon of Rewa district. He was not being able to earn a dignified living for himself and his family before the training. The biggest hurdle for him was that he had no direction as to what to pursue and what to do with his life.

A while ago, he learned about John Deere Tractor Training Program and took an appropriate decision to join it and has been proudly associated with ISAP since. Initially, he joined the program just for fun and to gain new experience but gradually his interest grew for machines and he took the program with seriousness when he was facilitated by modern infrastructure, the course module, interesting learning sessions and hands on practical classes. After mid-session of 45days, he became a front line learner and participated in the program very well.

During mobilization in his village, he came to know about the John Deere Tractor Training Program. Upon hearing about the program, his village-mates started showing interest and enrolled themselves in the program. Vikas discussed his problems with the ISAP facilitators and shared his concerns about learning. He was very convinced with the objectives of the program. The program was free of cost, and therefore garnered a lot of enthusiasm from the villagers in the age group of 18-35. So many people, along with Vikas joined this program that they normally couldn’t have afforded. The day he came to the training centre, Vikas was delighted to see that many other boys from his village would be taking the training together. In fact, they all felt that together they can make a great change in their future.

Being in the Tractor Operator Domain, he learnt maintenance of the machines, and many other related aspects; for instance, when to get the tractor serviced, which increases the life of a machine and thus improves the quality of work done by a huge machine with proper knowledge. He was quite happy with the training and skill he gained from the theory and practical lessons of the training program.

On successful completion of his training, Vikas started working inSonalika Tractor dealership in Panna District and earning a handsome salary of INR 7000/- per month as base salary and lots of incentives and perks on selling new tractors.

Today, Vikas has become a role model in his village for unemployed rural youths who showed strong determination towards his passion and became successful in his life. So, from Vikas’s life story we have to always believe in our passion which will lead us to success “It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.”
 
 
 

 
Name of the Event
Date
Venue
Facebook Link

Holistic Farming: A Commonsense Approach to Land and Cow Care
23-25 Mar,2019
Jaipur
facebook.com/events/323528651835984/

Organic Farmer Meet
17Mar,2019
Bhimtal Uttrakhand
facebook.com/events/541741786335094/

TumkurAgri Expo 2019
22-25 Mar, 2019
Bangalore
tumkuragriexpo.in/

Beejotsav 2019 National Seed Festival
15-17 Mar, 2019
Nagpur
docs.google.com/forms

NDRI Global Alumini Scientific Meet- 2019
17 Mar, 2019
Karnal
icar.org.in

Mushroom Cultivation Training for Agripreneurs
24 Feb,2019
Gurgaon
facebook.com/events/432187060645517/

 
Wishing you all a Great Month ahead! - ISAP Team

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