Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

ISAP Monthly E-Newsletter, Volume 9, Issue:5 (May, 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 its 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 "Kisan 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 has initiated the OCPF-IFS project in the districts of Baran, Bundi and Sawai Madhopur (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 be benefitted with this program.

Monthly Activities :-

In this month, 29 trainings on Integrated Crop Management (ICM) was conducted in the project areas of OCPF-IFS, Rajasthan. Total 7 trainings were conducted in Baran districts, 9 trainings were conducted in Bundi district and 13 trainings were conducted in Sawai Madhopur district. These training programs were attended by 1200 farmers. The farmers of the project areas were made aware on aspects like soil management, seed and planting material, crop rotation, crop nutrition, pest management, water management and landscape management that fits the local conditions and climate.

Under IFS (Integrated Farming System) component, nearly 37 farmers of Sawai Madhopur and Khandar were provided goats of Sirohi breed. Sirohi goats are dual-purpose animals, being reared for both milk and meat. The animals are popular for their weight gain and lactation even under poor quality rearing conditions. The animals are resistant to major diseases and are easily adaptable to different climatic conditions. Sirohi goat breed is considered as the profitable breed for rearing in the goat farm. The main objective of IFS component is to reduce dependence of farmers on conventional cropping system by adding alternate livelihood options. Each farmer was provided a mix of 1 male goat and 2 female goats. Clubbing production of agricultural crops along with livestock farming helps in mitigating the risk associated with dependence on conventional cropping system.

To tide over drought conditions in the project areas of Rajasthan, the construction of water harvesting structures has also been planned in the project areas. In total, 12 farm ponds are being constructed in districts of Baran, Bundi and Sawai Madhopur. This month, 2 farm ponds have been constructed in Bonli (Sawai Madhopur) and 1 farm pond in Nainwa (Bundi).

6 exposure visits were organized for the farmers of Nainwa Block (Distt. Bundi), in which 124 farmers were taken to Rajasthan Agriculture Research Institute in Jaipur. During this visit, the farmers were educated on different components of IFS Farming system including dairy, poultry, vermi-composting, drip irrigation, horticultural plants etc. The farmers were provided information on preparation of plant nursery using green house and drip irrigation systems. The farmers also were educated on best cultivation practices and economics of organic farming of vegetables.

Images of Integrated crop management(ICM) training conducted in Allipura village of Anta block(Dist.Baran)

Images of training conducted in Ghadighata village of Kishanganj block in Baran district

Farmers of Bonli and Khanda with the goats received as an IFS support under OCPF Project

Farmers of Nainwa block during the exposure visit to Rajasthan Agriculture Research Institute(Jaipur)

Construction work photographs of farm pond in Bonli(Sawai Madhopur) and Nainwa(Hindoli)

OCPF-IFS Project, Karnataka

In phase I, OCPF-AES project was started as 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 1st phase, ISAP has formed total seven (7) Farmer Producer Organizations in 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 Activities :-

ISAP has formed Maha Federation which Includes 6 FPOs formed under OCPF-AES Project to facilitate agribusiness activities with community owned note. Along with Urban outlet (Kisan fresh- Linking farmers and consumers), ISAP has started ‘Goat Resource Centre’ with objective to provide training on Goat Rearing and providing Goats to small and marginal farmers at subsidized rate. Maha Federation will manage this Goat Resource centre, which house 300 Goats at a time and has 5.16 acres reserved land to grow fodder. The shelters to the goats will be built scientifically with stall-fed arrangement.

A review meeting of the OCPF-AES Project was held in ISAP’s regional office in Gulbarga on May 24th, 2016 in the presence of its CEO and Chairman. Discussions were held on last year’s demo plot details, yield data of different moisture conservation methods such as Pit Method, Chowk Madi method, DNP, Hydrogel, Dibbling Method and demos to be taken this year. Participation of Krishi Vigyan Kendra in demonstrations was also discussed in the meeting.

In order to implement the distribution work of IFS components in Garoor village of Afzalpur taluka and Pattan village of Gulbarga district, an interactive session was conducted with the IFS farmers to assess their requirements and the components which can be distributed to them. This helps the project team members in planning the distribution work of IFS components among the IFS farmers of the project areas.

Goat Resource Centre Bhoomipujan at Kamalapur, Gulbarga

Review meeting of the project held at Gulbarga regional office

Meeting with the IFS farmers in Garoor village of Afzalpur taluka and Pattan village of Gulbarga district


SFAC sponsored projects

Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP) has been delegated the responsibility for 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 agriculture and allied activities, by developing community based sustainable agribusiness models.

Monthly Activities of SFAC sponsored projects:

Under these programs, 32 FPOs have been registered so far; 2 under MIDH-Haryana, 4 under MP Special project-1 and 14 under Karnataka Special project (KSP), 4 under NFSM-Telangana, 5 under NFSM-Maharashtra and 3 under NFSM- Karnataka. 8 FPOs under MP Special Project-2, 2 FPOs under VIUC-Ajmer and 1 in Karnataka Special project are in the process of registration. 1 FPO under NFSM –Telangana and 2 FPOs under NFSM Karnataka are in process of registration. Continuous meetings are being conducted with the project farmers to improve their knowledge about the intervention. Now, the registered FPOs are busy in getting their statutory compliances like pan card number, opening bank account, getting TIN TAN and input licenses 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. Also, these FPOs are being assisted for business planning. Farmers of Yagachi horticulture farmer producer Company Limited, Belur have already started some business activities. FPO sold about 120 tons of potato seeds to its farmer members and realized profit of Rs 1.45 lakh. In MIDH project, 60 crop demonstrations have been planned in Haryana. These demos are being carried out on 60 acre of land in each FPO. Farmers will be educated on best cultivation practices through these demonstrations.

In NFSM Maharashtra, Board of Directors of Champawati Agro Farmer Producer Company at Chapaner, Block Kannad interacted with Mr. Raghuram, Director e-fresh private limited on May 19th, 2016 regarding establishment of Farmer Development Centre at Kannad Block.

Here are some of the glimpses of the project activities carried out in different project locations

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Glimpse of AGM of Yagachi Horticulture Farmer Producer Organization Ltd conducted today at Hebbal of Belur Block, Hassan.district.

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Glimpse of meeting conducted for discussing business plan of Tungabhadra horticulture Farmer Producer Organization at SADH Office, Hospet.

Glimpse of interviews conducted for recruiting CEO of the FPOs

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Glimpse of distribution of micronutrient to the project farmers for setting up demonstrations under MIDH project Haryana.

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Glimpses of meeting of Board of Directors of Champawati Agro farmer Producer Company Private Limited and efresh private limited

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 last phase in all states. So far, 35950 farmers have been mobilized in the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. These farmers are being organized into 1707 Farmer Interest Groups (FIGs). Also, 501 SHGs have been formed in the project states. Process of FPO registration has been initiated in these regions. Documents for registration of three FPOs of Gorakhpur have been submitted to Registrar of Companies (RoC). In other regions, process of BODs Identification is in process.

Compilation of demo results for last rabi season is done. Results of demonstration are quite encouraging. Despite challenging climatic situation, an average of 4-28% increase in yield against control plots was registered for different crops.



Average Yield/Acre in Qntls (Demo Plot)

Average Yield/Acre in Qntls (Control Plot)

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Uttar Pradesh






Glimpse of SHG Formation at Sadar block, Gorakhpur distict and harvesting of demo plot in Varanasi district

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 training, ISAP provides active hand-holding support to these trained agripreneurs for the setting up their own business venture. 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 business successfully. We share one such success story with our readers in each ISAP Newsletter_Apr_2016.

Success Story

“The things you regret most in life are the risks that you don’t take” says Biplab Kumar Mandal. “I am glad that the training program under ACABC motivated me to take the risk and change my future for better” adds Biplab. Biplab Kumar Mandal an intermediate in agriculture belonged to a poor family having seen the poor financial conditions he wanted to help his family but had no idea how to do so. One day through one of his friends Biplab came to know regarding the training under ACABC program. He applied for the training and got selected. He underwent the training of two month from 10/02/2015 to 10/04/2015 at ISAP Asansol centre. “The training provided me with the knowledge and motivation to start my own venture” says Biplab. With the initial investment of around 1 lakh which he arranged with the help of his family and friends he opened a vegetable farm and also started providing consultancy services to other farmers. He earns 6000-7000/ per month and is happy that he is able to support his family financially. “I also provide suggestions to other farmers regarding the vegetable farming and it gives me an immense satisfaction that my little knowledge is contributing in improving lives of other people” says Biplab. Currently he is able to cover 7 villages in a month and is benefiting 200 farmers. “I am glad that I underwent the training of two months under ACBAC, the training not only helped me in gaining knowledge but with that knowledge I am also helping other people to improve their livelihood ” says Biplab. Currently he is happy with his venture and plans to expand the same in future.

ISAP wishes Biplab all the best for his future endeavors.

Biplab can be contacted at

Phone no: 9679219021


Glimpses of the vegetable farm

Science & Technology

National Rice Research Institute (NRRI) has developed a mobile app riceXpert that will provide information related to farm practices. The app has web-based application systems which facilitates flow of information from the farmer to the farm scientist and get their instant solution. The app will provide information to farmers in real time on insect pests, nutrients, weeds, nematodes and disease-related problems, rice varieties for different ecologies, farm implements for different field and post harvest operations. The farmers can send the photo and voice through this mobile app.


 Do You Know

Yubari King Melon

Yubari are very expensive Japanese melons. The Yubari is a cantaloupe cultivar farmed in greenhouses in Yūbari, Hokkaido, a small town close to Sapporo. The Yubari King is a hybrid of two other cantaloupe cultivars: Earl's Favourite and Burpee's "Spicy" Cantaloup. The hybrid's scientific name is Cucumis melo L. var. reticulatus Naud. cv. Yubari King. Some Japanese people present Yubari King Melons as gifts during Chūgen. A top-grade melon is to be perfectly round and have an exceptionally smooth rind. A portion of the stem, which is snipped with scissors, is left on top for aesthetic appeal. At a Japanese auction in 2008, two Yubari King melons sold together for ¥2.5 million. In 2016, a supermarket in Amagasaki bought a pair of Yubari King melons at auction with a winning bid of ¥3 million.


Prominent Contributors to Agriculture

Eli Whitney (December 8, 1765 – January 8, 1825) was an American inventor best known for inventing the cotton gin. This was one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution and shaped the economy of the Antebellum South.[1] Whitney's invention made upland short cotton into a profitable crop, which strengthened the economic foundation of slavery in the United States. Despite the social and economic impact of his invention, Whitney lost many profits in legal battles over patent infringement for the cotton gin. Thereafter, he turned his attention into securing contracts with the government in the manufacture of muskets for the newly formed United States Army. He continued making arms and inventing until his death in 1825.


News Highlights

Farmers may get soil testing machines to conduct soil fertility tests on their own

Concerned about the deteriorating quality of soil, the government is considering arming farmers with compact and handheld devices to enable them to conduct soil fertility tests on their own. The Prime Minister's Office has asked the Niti Aayog to oversee the plan. "The device will help farmers not just assess the quality of soil but also suggest remedial measures to improve it in a very user friendly manner," a senior government official privy to the matter told . Improve it in a very user friendly manner," a senior government official privy to the matter told ET. Improvement of soil health is one the top priorities of the government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched a project to hand out soil health cards to farmers in February last year. These cards carry crop-wise recommendations of nutrients and fertilisers required for individual farms to help farmers improve productivity through judicious use of inputs.

Source: economictimes

Government's decision on GM pulses depends on regulator GEAC

Faced with shortage of pulses and rising prices, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said the government's decision on GM pulses will depend on green signal from the biotech regulator GEAC. Earlier this month, the government had informed Parliament that ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur has developed transgenic events for resistance against gram pod borer in chickpea and pigeon pea. The government had said the institute has submitted the application to Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM) for event selection trials of four transgenic events, two each in chickpea and pigeon pea.

Source: economictimes

Government to establish 250 agro-processing clusters all over India

Government plans to set up 250 small agro-processing clusters at an estimated cost of over Rs 5000 crore, Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said. After getting the required approvals, the Food Processing Ministry will invite expressions of interest from both public and private players. "We are looking to establish small agro-processing clusters near producing area of one specific fruit or vegetable. So, if someone wants to establish small process processing clusters near producing area of one specific fruit or vegetable. So, if someone wants to establish small processing cluster like for onion, he can do that and the government will provide subsidy of up to Rs 5 crore per cluster," Badal told reporters here. The idea behind this proposal is to take the processing at doorstep of the farmers so that their income can be raised and at the same time wastages can also be reduced which will also help in checking the rise in prices.

Source: economictimes

Normal monsoon to boost agriculture growth: Radha Mohan Singh

Agricultural Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday said the farm sector growth will be good in 2016-17 with the country expected to receive normal monsoon rains this year after two consecutive drought years. Addressing a press conference about the achievements of his ministry in the first two years of the Narendra Modi-led government, Singh said agriculture production fell slightly by 0.25% in 2014-15 due to weak monsoon and the fact that agriculture growth in the previous year was very good at 4.25% ."In 2015-16, farmers have worked a lot hard and we expect production and growth to increase. And I am very confident that growth and production will increase in 2016-17," he said. The country has recorded higher agriculture growth after back-to-back drought years 2003-04 and 2010-11. As per the advance estimates, agriculture growth in 2015-16 would be 1.12%. The agriculture ministry has set a target of producing 270.1 million tonnes of food grain in 2016-17 beginning June, which is 7% higher than the previous year's crop. As per the third advance estimate release in May, food grain production was estimated at 252.23 million tonnes for 2015-16. The agriculture minister said the new government has taken up effective initiatives to fight the challenges prevailing in agricultural sector. "The government has chalked out a plan to reduce the input cost in the agriculture sector and to provide farmers better return for their produce.

Source: economictimes

Spices Board to launch second e-auction centre at 'cardamom city'

Spices Board will launch its second e-auction centre at Bodinayakanur , known as cardamom city, in Tamil Nadu's Theni district, to ensure remunerative prices to cardamom farmers. Spices Board Chairman A Jayathilak will inaugurate the centre tomorrow, according to a release here. The new auction centre, constructed on two acres of land at the Board's. premises in Bodinayakanur, is equipped with all the modern facilities to assist the cardamom trade.

Source: economictimes

Rajasthan seeks Israeli technique to strengthen agricultural sector

Rajasthan has sought Israeli technology to increase crop yield, strengthen dairy sector, help water management, learn grafting techniques and increase shelf life of fruits and vegetables with the purpose of doubling its farmer's income in the state. We already have a strong cooperation going on with Israel in the agriculture sector. Their help, extended through the establishment of two Centre of Excellence and a third one under development, is highly appreciated by us," said Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini , who is leading a delegation from the state on a five-day tour of Israel to strengthen cooperation in the agriculture sector. These Centre have helped boost production of citrus, pomegranate and date palm. We are now looking to further strengthen this partnership through technology transfer," he said. "We have similar agro-climate conditions in Israel and Rajasthan. Like Israel we also face scarcity of water, have arid climate and a short winter. The farmers accompanying me are impressed with the facilities and technologies displayed to us on this trip.

Source: economictimes

Kharif crop: Farm Minister promises higher support prices this year too

The minimum support price (MSP) for kharif crops, including pulses and oilseeds, will be increased this year as well and the hike will be “more than expectations”, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has said. The Minister expressed hoped that agriculture production would be higher in 2016-17, if the forecast of an ‘above normal’ monsoon by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) came true.“Since production did not fall when rainfall was deficient last year, it is bound to increase if rainfall is plenty this year,” Singh said at a press conference on Tuesday, on two years of governance by the NDA.Growth in agriculture has been estimated at 1.2 per cent in 2015-16, against a negative 0.25 per cent in the previous fiscal because of two consecutive years of drought. Answering questions on whether the government would increase MSP for kharif crops, especially pulses, this year – to promote its cultivation and reduce dependence on imports – the Minister said the Centre had done so last year and would do so again. The increase will be more than expectations, he added. The Union Cabinet is expected to take a decision on MSP for kharif crops (crops grown in the monsoon season) soon.

Source: thehindubusinessline

Government hikes paddy MSP by Rs 60 to Rs 1,470/quintal for 2016-17

The government today hiked the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy by Rs 60 to Rs 1,470 per quintal for the 2016-17 kharif season .A decision in this regard was taken in the meeting of the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA). The Cabinet also approved a substantial increase in the MSP of pulses for the 2016-17 kharif season. The government had fixed the MSP of common variety paddy at Rs 1,410 and grade A variety grain at Rs 1,450 per quintal for 2015-16 kharif (summer) season. "CCEA has approved Rs 60 per quintal increase in the MSP of paddy for the 2016-17 kharif season," a source said. The support price of paddy common variety has been raised to Rs 1,470 per quintal, while A grade variety paddy has been increased to Rs 1,510 per quintal for 2016-17, the source said. The government has increased paddy MSP marginally as the country has sufficient stocks and the price increase covers the cost of production.

Source: economictimes

India’s fisheries subsidies may be targeted at WTO

Subsidies given to small and marginal fishermen in India could next be targeted by developed nations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) as attempts by members to cherry-pick issues at the multilateral trade forum continue.“We are apprehensive of attempts being made at the WTO by some members to push negotiations on fisheries subsidies ahead of other issues. The livelihood of a large number of our fishermen is dependent on the small subsidies we give them for items, such as their boats, which we do not want to be affected,” a government official told.The Centre is concerned about a recent observation made by the chairman of the negotiations group on rules stating that WTO members had expressed a ‘clear interest’ in getting results on fisheries subsidies at the organisation’s 11the ministerial conference in 2017.Members, including New Zealand, Iceland, Colombia, Norway, Uruguay and Pakistan, are most aggressively pushing for an early pact on fisheries subsidies at the WTO. Some other members such as the EU, the US, Canada and Chile, too, are in favour of an agreement.

Source: thehindubusinessline

Congress government in Karnataka chalks out huge drip irrigation project

The Congress government in Karnataka , entering its fourth year, has chalked out a Rs 2,500 crore project to introduce drip irrigation in 3 lakh acres where sugarcane is cultivated, using water from reservoir canals. The project is expected to double sugarcane yield in the country's third-largest cane-growing state, improve cane quality and boost revenue for farmers, sugar factories and the central and state governments, besides saving a 52 thousand million cubic feet of water equivalent to the capacity of the KRS dam in Karnataka - in just the pilot stage of 1.5 lakh acres.

Source: economictimes


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