Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

ISAP Monthly E-Newsletter, Volume 9, Issue:6 (June, 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 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-IFS Project, Rajasthan

ISAP is implementing the OCPF-IFS project in the districts of Baran, Bundi and Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. The main objective of this program is to strengthen food and nutrition security and to improve livelihood of small and marginal farmers of South-eastern 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 benefit from this program.

Monthly Activities :-

Since sowing time is soon approaching, field teams were busy conducting pre-sowing training of the farmers on crop management under the OCPF-IFS project. In the month of June, 6 trainings were conducted in district Baran and 3 trainings were conducted in Hindoli block, district Bundi. Main topics covered under these trainings include soil testing, seed treatment and crop and varietal selection. Farmers got an opportunity to interact with Subject Matter Experts during these training programs. A total of 240 farmers in Baran and 120 farmers in Bundi attended these training programs.

Construction work of Agri-Village Resource Centre (AVRC) is in full swing in Anta block of Distt Baran. This is the sixth AVRC in the project area. So far, 5 AVRCs have been constructed in the project area. 2 AVRCs have been constructed in District Bundi, 2 in Sawai Madhopur and 1 in Kishanganj block of District Baran. Each AVRC is comprised of an FPO office, input store, a mini- processing unit, a farm-mechanization centre, a plant nursery, a computer education unit, a child recreation centre and a primary health care unit. These areas have been reeling under drought for the past 3 years. To address this problem, around 15 water harvesting structures have been constructed in the project regions.

Under the Integrated Farming System (IFS), farmers are encouraged to undertake allied activities like goatery in order to enhance their income levels. Select farmers in the project are provided a set of one male and two female goats. Nearly 42 farmers of Bundi and Baran districts were provided nearly 114 goats.

Crop management training conducted in Kishanganj block, Distt.Baran

Crop management training in Hindoli block, Distt Bundi

Distribution of goats amongst farmers in Hindoli and Nainwa bocks of Bundi district under IFS)

Bhumi pujan being done before starting of construction work of AVRC at Anta, Distt. Baran

Images of farm pond work under progress in Anta (Distt. Baran) and Bonli (Distt. Sawai Madhopur)

OCPF-IFS Project, Karnataka

In phase I, OCPF-AES project was started as a 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 laid on making these FPOs sustainable through market integration, infrastructure support and convergence with various schemes.

Monthly Activities :-

Nearly, 44 demonstrations have been planned in North Karnataka under the OCPF-AES project. Two block demos of 25 acres are planned in Gulbarga and Bidar. 7 demos of 10 acres are planned for 7 FPOs and 35 demos will be of 1 acre each. So, demonstrations will be laid on a total of 155 acres land. In these demos, moisture conservation techniques like pit method and chowk madi method will be demonstrated. In the month of june, demo farmers were provided crop inputs like seeds and fertilizers. Farmers were provided training on seed treatment using Rhizobium, PSB and Trichoderma. These trainings were provided at Agri-Village Resource Centres at Chittapur and Aland. In addition to this, 3 trainings were conducted on crop management in Aland and 2 trainings in Halbarga taluka of Bidar. A total of 140 farmers attended these training programs.

Under Integrated Farming System (IFS), farmers of Afzalpur block of Gulbarga and Halbarga village of Bhalki block were provided vermi-beds, goats and horticulture plants. The major objective of doing this is to increase the income of farmers by adding allied activities to the conventional cropping system. Select IFS farmers were provided 7000 grafted seedlings of different crops like banana, custard apple, drumstick, mango, curry leaf and lemon. These distributions were made at the AVRCs. These seedlings were procured by Kanbargi Farm, University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot and Tinagundi Farm.

Seeds and fertilizers being distributed among farmers

Farmer being given grafted seedlings of horticultural plants

Pre-sowing trainings being conducted for the farmers in Aland taluka(Distt.Gulbarga) and Halbarga taluka(Dist.Bidar)


SFAC sponsored projects

Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP) has been delegated the responsibility of 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, 37 FPOs have been registered so far- 3 under MIDH-Haryana, 4 under MP Special project-1, 14 under Karnataka Special project (KSP), 1 under MP Special project-2, 1 under VIUC- Ajmer. 5 under NFSM, Maharashtra, 5 under NFSM, Telangana and 4 under NFSM, Karnataka. 7 more FPOs, planned to be formed under MP Special Project-2, are under the process of registration. Continuous meetings are being conducted with the project farmers to improve their knowledge about the project interventions. Now, the registered FPOs are busy in getting their statutory compliances like pan card number, opening bank account, getting TIN, TAN, and input licences to carry out their business efficiently and smoothly. The FIGs are encouraged to do share collection from their member farmers.

In Karnataka, Annual General Meetings (AGMs) are going on in different project locations. First AGM should be conducted within 90 days of company registration. Now, FPOs are being assisted for business planning. Farmers of Yagachi Horticulture Farmer Producer Company Limited, Belur and Negilayogi Farmer Producer Company, Kalaburgi have already started the business activities. Belur FPO provided about 120 tons of potato seeds to its member farmers and realized a profit of Rs 1.45 Lakh. Negilayogi Farmer Producer Company Limited has also started the input business. They have provided nearly 4.5 tons of DAP and urea fertilizers to its member farmers.

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Glimpse of fertilizer distribution to the project farmers as their start up input business

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 the last phase in all states. So far, 36000 farmers have been mobilized in the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. These farmers are being organized into 1800 Farmer Interest Groups (FIGs). We have also formed 530 SHGs in all project states. We have also started the FPOs registration process. Documents of three FPOs of Gorakhpur have been submitted to the Registrar of Companies (RoC) for registration. From other areas such as Varanasi, Telengana, Karnataka, Aurangabad and Jalna (Maharashtra), selection of BODs is in progress. Also, nearly 34 demonstrations have been planned in the coming kharif season in different states under the project.

Glimpses of nursery preparation at Gorakhpur district and Badnapur district

NABARD SHG Linkage Project:-

ISAP has been delegated to set up 100 Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) by NABARD under 'NABARD SHG Bank Linkage Program' in Mandalgarh, district Bhilwara (Rajasthan). Each SHG formed under this program is being provided training on saving, inter-loaning, and other enterprising aspects. Scope of work also includes credit linkage of the groups with the banks.

Monthly Activities:-

A one day workshop was conducted on the capacity building activity at Mandalgarh block, Bhilwara district. The SHG members were given training on washing powder making. The workshop was attended by Mr. Shiv kumar Gupta (DDM NABARD), Mr. Sanjay Gokhroo (Manager, ICICI Bank, Bhilwara), Mr. Narender Kumar Singh (Dist. Coordinator, NABARD, ISAP), Mr. M. S. Solanki (Ag. Coordinator OCPF, Hindoli), Mr. Manoj Kumar Jain (FPO Coordinator), Mrs. Radha Yogi (Washing Powder Trainer) and Mrs. Salama Banoo (SHG Group President, Hindoli). Trainings were given to 45 SHG members from 8 groups. DDM NABARD highlighted some of the important points and objectives of the group formation and Manager of ICICI Bank also discussed about the benefits of the group formation and how they can avail loan without any guarantee.

There was also a small training of bangle making. Mrs. Salama Banoo, SHG President taught the members the method of making bangles. The main objective of this workshop was to help SHG members to start some income generation activities.

Glimpse of washing powder making

Agri-clinic Agri-business Program –

ISAP is running Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) in 12 states under the aegis of MANAGE. This training is provided to unemployed agriculture and allied sector graduates. After the training, ISAP provides active hand-holding support to these trained agripreneurs for the setting up their own business ventures. ISAP has so far trained 4400 agri-preneurs 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:-

“We should never give up, as we never know when our luck will take a turn”, says Pujabhai Ranchodbhai Damor. A graduate in Rural Studies, Pujabhai started dairy farming with the investment of around 2-2.5 Lakhs to support his family. Pujabhai was doing dairy farming through traditional methods, through which he was finding it hard to sustain his business. He came to know about ACABC training from one of his friends and decided to give it a shot. “I was not very sure of the benefits I will gain from the training but with a hope that this might help my business, I enrolled myself for a training of two months at ISAP Vadodra centre”, says Pujabhai. “The training changed my thinking on dairy farming. I learned new and improved ways of dairy farming which boosted my confidence and helped in development of my venture”, adds Pujabhai. The training provided him with the information about the dietary plan of the animals and the ways of preventing his animals from diseases. Impact of his learning translated into increase in his income from his dairy farm. Pujabhai currently earns 10,000-12,000 INR per month and is happy that he participated in the training. He is covering 4-5 villages in a year and also provides advisory on dairy farming to nearly 24-25 farmers of neighboring villages. He wants to expand the business in future and has applied for a loan in the bank. “I will always be thankful to ISAP for the ACABC training”, says Pujabhai.

ISAP wishes Pujabhai all the best for his future endeavors.

He can be contacted at

Phone: 9727461789


Glimpses of the dairy farm of Punjabhai

Science & Technology

Japan develops a drone to patrol farmland and destroy insect pests

Agriculture is a massively important industry in Japan -- so naturally, bugs and other pests can be a bit of a problem. A joint project between Saga University and IT firm OPTiM is using drone technology to help fight the good fight. They developed the Agri Drone to reduce the use of pesticides through the application of drones. Primarily used at night, it utilises infrared and thermal cameras to shoot targeted doses of pesticides where insects are congregating in harmful numbers. As it's a targeted shot, the idea is the drone greatly reduces plants' over-exposure to pesticide. The Agri Drone has recently been successfully put through its paces in test runs, guarding both soy and potato crops in the Saga prefecture. It was successful in seeking out and destroying 50 different types of pest, including midges and moths.


 Do You Know

Pitcher Plants

In 17th Century Holland, Tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold. The flower symbolized immortality, life and love. In 1630’s a kind of frenzy for tulips occurred in Western Europe named “Tulip mania” and tulips became so expensive as to be treated as a form of currency.


Prominent Contributors to Agriculture

Hugh Hammond Bennett (April 15, 1881 – July 7, 1960) was a pioneer in the field of soil conservation in the United States of America. He founded and headed the Soil Conservation Service, a federal agency now referred to as the Natural Resources Conservation Service

Bennett was born near Wadesboro in Anson County, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1903. Immediately upon graduation, he became a soil surveyor, and conducted soil studies, both in the United States and in other countries, that eventually convinced him that soil erosion was a serious problem facing the planet.


News Highlights

Maharashtra farmers can now directly tap wholesalers

The Maharashtra Cabinet has given in-principle approval to farmers to sell fruits and vegetables directly to wholesalers, bypassing the APMC mandis.
However, it has held back the decision by a few days, handing it over to a cabinet sub-committee. "A cabinet sub-committee will take a decision on the matter in four days. We want to examine different angles such as the risk involved in farmers getting payment when they sell outside the APMC premises," said Chandrakant Patil, cabinet minister.

Source: economictimes

Union Agri Minister Radha Mohan asks ICAR to work for second green revolution

Union Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh today asked the Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) to step up its activities in the eastern region to bring the "second green revolution" in the country.
Addressing the steering committee meeting of the Second Green Revolution (SGR) at ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, he said ICAR should work out coordination and convergence of different agricultural activities being implemented by the Centre to expedite agricultural development in the region.

Source: economictimes

Food Corporation of India to raise Rs 20,000 crore short-term loan

State-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) has invited bids from the scheduled banks for raising short-term loan of Rs 20,000 crore to meet the cost of procurement.
The Corporation is raising the loan because its subsidy arrears have touched Rs 58,650 crore, as on March 31, a source said. FCI intends to raise short-term loan of Rs 20,000 crore with greenshoe option (the borrowing through STL will not exceed Rs 30,000 crore at any point of time) from scheduled banks for one month/three months maturity," the company said in a tender document.
The government had earlier said that to bring down the subsidy arrears in this fiscal, it may consider additional food subsidy over and above the budgetary provision, if required.
The bulk of the subsidy is paid to FCI for buying food grains at support price and running the public distribution system (PDS).

Source: economictimes

No need for licensing pact with GM technology provider: NSAI

As government proposes to bring new guidelines to regulate BT cotton market, apex seed industry body NSAI today said there should not be any need for licensing agreement with technology providers as seed firms have right to access transgenic varieties to develop hybrids.
Under the fresh norm, royalty for the new genetically modified (GM) traits was capped at 10 per cent of the maximum sale price of BT cotton seeds for the first 5 years. Eligible seed firms get access to the GM technology was also ensured.
But later, the government withdrew the notification and turned it into draft guidelines to seek comments from stakeholders amid opposition from crop biotech industry.

Source: economictimes

Cotton area in Punjab, Haryana shrinks 27 percent in 2016

Cotton area in Punjab and Haryana has declined 27 per cent to 7.56 lakh hectares in the 2016-17 crop year as farmers shifted to other crops after incurring huge losses due to whitefly pest attack last year. These two states had planted cotton in 10.3 lakh hectares in the 2015-16 crop year (July-June).
"Sowing of cotton in Punjab and Haryana has been completed. Total area is down as farmers were scared to grow cotton fearing whitefly pest attack that had damaged the crop massively in these two states.

Source: economictimes

Inadequate production spikes prices of pulses: CEA Arvind Subramanian

Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian today said under-cultivation of pulses and their inadequate production have led to spike in prices, but vegetable prices have more to do with market forces than production.
Besides, there has been a shift in dietary habit in which pulses have become core of food habits among the Indian people, but there was inadequate production to meet the demand, Subramanian told an international conference .
Under the circumstances, cultivation of pulses has to be increased to meet growing domestic demand, he said, adding the Centre has taken note of this and incentivised pulses' cultivation by raising the Minimum Support Price (MSP), besides taking other measures to encourage the farmers to produce such crops on preferential basis.
Technology should have been put to better use to enhance cultivation of pulses' crops, he said.

Source: economictimes

China offers cloud-seeding technology to drought-hit Maharashtra

China is in talks with India to provide cloud-seeding technology to drought-hit Maharashtra to induce rain and train the staff of local meteorological department.
A team of scientists and officials from Beijing, Shanghai and China's eastern Anhui province mooted the cooperation during their recent visit to Maharashtra which has experienced severe droughts over the past two years. China has over the years used the cloud seeding rockets tipped with silver iodide to cause precipitation. But it requires clouds to cause precipitation.

Source: economictimes

Government plans to unleash 'Blue Revolution

Laying roads for 'Blue Revolution' through an ambitious target, the Centre has decided to work for increasing the country's export earnings from fish and fish products from Rs 33,441 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 1,00,000 crore in the next five years. The agriculture ministry will next month come out with a new national policy on fisheries, paving the way to achieve this target through implementation of an umbrella scheme for integrated development and management of fisheries. The private sector will also be involved to achieve the objective. The new policy will cover development and management of inland fisheries, aquaculture, marine fisheries including deep sea fishing and all activities undertaken by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) towards realizing a 'Blue Revolution' in the country.

Source: economictimes

PM Modi has set target to double farmers income by 2022: Agriculture Minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set the target to double farmers' income in the country by 2022, Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh said on Friday.
He said a target of bringing 585 mandis (agriculture markets) on electronic platform by 2018 has been set up by his ministry.
"With an aim to give boost to the agriculture sector, the government has enhanced agri budget from Rs 15,809 crore to Rs 35,984 crore which is more than double. Besides, the government has also set a target to double the farmers' income by 2022," the minister told reporters.
He said the government has propagated the concept of "Ek Rashtra-Ek Mandi" ('One nation, one agri market') and had launched the "e-mandi pilot project" in the country.

Source: dnaindia

Digital Darjeeling: Web auctions start for India’s priciest tea

For more than a century, buyers and sellers shouted out orders for Darjeeling tea at auctions in India before they were shipped to high-end purveyors in Europe, Japan and the US.
Now, the prized black tea is poised to enter the digital age, with Darjeeling trade moving online from June. India harvested 1.19 billion kilograms of leaves in 2015—and less than 1% of that was Darjeeling, which is only grown in selected areas, similar to the rules on famed French wines.
“Electronic auctions will give the champagne of teas a wider platform by allowing more buyers access, and fetch better prices for the growers,” said Rita Teaotia, secretary of commerce.

Source: livemint

India to tap Israel's renowned drip irrigation expertise

India will tap Israel's globally recognised drip irrigation skill during the upcoming visit of Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti to the country aimed at exploring possibilities of using technological expertise in water management.
A well established leader in water management, desalination and recycling techniques, Israel has set a template for reusing wastewater for irrigation. It treats 80 per cent of its domestic wastewater, which is recycled for agricultural use and constitutes nearly 50 per cent of the total water used for agriculture.
Israel's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel had led a delegation of experts in the field to participate in India Water Week in Delhi in April and is said to have also offered Israel's help in the ambitious clean Ganga project during his meeting with Bharti.

Source: economictimes


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