Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

ISAP Monthly E-Newsletter, Volume 9, Issue:11 (November, 2016)

INDEX

- ISAP Activities

Conferences & Exhibitions

Science & Technology

Prominent Contributors to Agriculture

Do you know

- News Highlights

ISAP FILE

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 :-

Exposure visits were conducted at the Research Center at Nalgurga with 40 participants. The purpose of the visits was to provide a good exposure on goat rearing to lead farmers of the project area. A health camp was conducted in Gobbur village, Afzalpur taluk, Gulbarga district which was very beneficial to the farmers. A Jatha was held during the health camp in Gobbur to create awareness about health, hygiene, girl education etc, and nearly 250 students participated in the Jatha.


Visit to Goat Research Center at Nalgurga


In Gobbur, a Farmer Community Training was also organized about health, hygiene, Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, girl education etc.


For the red gram demo plots, spraying of multi-nutrient called Pulse Magic and tonic - BioMax are being done as the crop is in pod formation stage. During this month, an IFS training was organized at Atnoor, Afzalpur taluk, Gulbarga. At this training, farmers were provided information about newer varieties of horticulture crops like lemon, pomegranate, guava and custard apple, and their regular maintenance. An IFS training was organized at Chowdapur, Afzalpur taluk, Gulbarga district where 7 lead farmers of Chowdapur (who have been provided goats as IFS component from OCPF-AES project) were trained about cross breeding of goats. ISAP also participated in the Krishimela in Gulbarga, where agripole and low-cost vermibed were displayed at the ISAP stall.


As part of agri business activity, Karnataka Farmers Maha Society, Gulbarga - an SLPC formed under the OCPF project has come into an agreement with NAFED India Pvt. Ltd. to supply red gram in bulk under the price stabilization scheme of Government of India. In connection to this, meetings were conducted and it was decided by the FPOs formed under OCPF-AES in north Karnataka to supply minimum 8000 Mt of red gram in this season to Government of India through NAFED.


IFS training at Atnoor, Gulbarga

IFS training at Chowdapur, Gulbarga


ISAP participation in Krishimela at Gulbarga

Farmers Meeting at Negilayogi Aland FPO, Gulbarga


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 Centres (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 :-

Chambal Kisan Producer Company Ltd - Kishanganj and Nageswar Mahadev Kisan Producer Company Ltd- Anta have procured total 47 Quintal Green Gram (Variety SML 668) and 23 Quintal Soybean (Variety KDS 344, JS 9560, and JS 335) from selected farmers under the seed production program. Seeds sown during the Kharif season were Breeder type and the procured raw seeds are F1 type. These will be processed and further sold to farmers to expand seed production.

Green Gram (Variety SML 668)

Soybean (Variety JS 9560)


During the current season (Rabi 2016), wheat seed production has expanded to 343 acres with 5 varieties - HD 2967, HI 8713, HI 8498, HI 8663 and Raj 4037. The registration of Kishanganj FPO, district - Baran has been done with Rajasthan State Seed & Organic Production Certification Agency for licensing as Seed Producer Company. This is expected to produce about 800 qtl certified and 4000 qtl Truthful labeled seed which will be available for selling in open market.

Mr. Oleksandr Galaka and Mr. Serhii Halaka, who are vermicompost related plant nutrient producing entrepreneurs from Ukraine, visited the AVRC at Bonli and farmers producing vermicompost, to have an understanding about the subject in India.

Field prepration for wheat seed production in Rajasthan

Demonstration of vermicompost for Mr. Olesandr Galanka and Mr.Serhii Halaka in Rajasthan


 

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)

The directors of four FPOs from Karnataka visited successful FPOs in and around Pune (Maharashtra). The group of 50 people visited three Farmers Producer Companies located in Wafgaon and Narayan Nagar. The visit was followed by discussion with the Board of Directors and CEOs. The objective of the visit was to educate the newly appointed directors on the working of Farmers Producer Companies and barriers they have faced. One of the companies has started its input business and the profit they gain is completely out of input business. The second company has built its own pack house, and output business activities are conducted there.

The learning for the directors was that they understood the different processes they have to follow in marketing the product and using other market strategies. The directors were told about the barriers they will face in the near future, so that they can be well prepared before taking up any activity in their own FPO. The directors understood the importance of working as a team for the success of the FPO.

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Exposure visit in Pune


Business Plan Development Meetings

The KSP-1 FPO has started doing input business activities, and it has started gaining some profit from it too. This FPO plans to soon start its output business as well. ISAP helps these companies develop the business plan based on the potential of that region. In November, meetings with directors and CEO were conducted at Shivmoga, Belur, Belthagady and Kushtagi. The purpose of the meetings is to come up with a business plan which is practically possible for the FPO to implement. For business plan development, ISAP uses a bottom-up approach, whereby the idea comes from the ground and ISAP provides support to convert that idea into a workable business plan.

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Review Meeting in Bangalore


A monthly review meeting was conducted in Bangalore on 12th and 13th November. Along with the Karnataka team, Mr. Gaurav Vats from ISAP headquarter was also present at this meeting.

The review for KSP-1 team was conducted on 12th November. At this review, project coordinators from each district along with the CEOs of their respective FPOs were present. The objective of the meeting was to evaluate the activities conducted by FPOs so far and to also discuss the plan for the upcoming months. Some of the major points discussed during the meeting were-

• Importance of documentation - the FPO needs to have complete records of each farmer member
• The exposure visits planned for few FPOs in the month of December
• Training the board of directors regarding the FPO concept and post registration activities they need to carry out

On 13th November, an orientation programme for KSP-2 FPO coordinators was arranged. The orientation was provided by Mr. Gaurav Vats. The concept of FPO was explained to them and activities they need to carry out during formation of the FPO. The coordinators were given information on how to conduct village level meetings and mobilize the farmers.


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Glimpses of Review Meeting



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 the 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 which 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 Update:-

FPO registration is in progress in both states (Maharashtra and Telangana). Harvesting of soyabean has been done in Telangan. In Maharashtra, harvesting of maize and soyabean has been completed, while in case of tur harvesting shall start in the upcoming couple of weeks.

Maize Crop Harvesting in Maharashtra


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 (Assam)

‘’One should give his best and leave the rest to God’’, says Diganta Choudhary who is an agricultural graduate and lives in Makhibiha village of Nalbari district of Assam. In his childhood days, Diganta developed a natural inclination towards farming as he was born and brought up in an agrarian family and at times joined his father in the field during farming operations. This inclination towards farming activities further led him to pursue a course in agriculture sciences when he grew up.

While pursuing his studies at the university, he heard about MANAGE’s Agri-Clinic and Agri-Business course conducted by ISAP from his relatives who had done this course earlier and had started their own agri-business ventures. ‘’I made up my mind to do this course and met Mr. Dilip Kumar Sharma, the Nodal Officer of ISAP in Guwahati. 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 Diganta. He joined the two-month long ACABC training programme at ISAP Guwahati in the month of November 2015 and further started providing agri-advisory services in his village.

‘’I chose to start agri advisory services as I felt its need, especially for the small and marginal farmers of my village. Earlier, for agri-advisory services, 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 to give 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 Diganta.

According to Diganta, through his business initiative he has helped around 150 farmers last year covering around 20 villages. He helps the farmers in 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, labour, and water can be optimally used by them. Diganta earns around Rs. 8,000 to 10,000 per month by providing agri-advisory services to the farmers. The good thing about Diganta is that through his venture he not only generates an income for himself but also helps the farmers in obtaining better income by going for the right combination of agri-inputs and including the right package of practices in their agricultural operations.

ISAP wishes Diganta all the best for his future endeavours.

Diganta can be contacted at 9859463677.

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, 40 candidates are placed in various organizations and placement of remaining candidates is in process.


ISAP is also planning to start the final batch of the training program at Nagpur, Maharashtra, in the first week of December 2016.


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 in Akola, Maharashtra



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 for Solar Energy Technician at Samstipur, Bihar



SAAHAJ MPC-Awareness Programmes

SAAHAJ Milk Producer Company initiated an awareness programme, funded by World Bank and supported by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). The programme's objective was to improve the penetration and effective functioning of the SAAHAJ 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 shareholder/ member farmers of SAAHAJ MPC. Gradually, the focus also moved on to encourage potential members to purchase the shares of SAAHAJ MPC. During the last month, the project activities covered around 31,884 dairy farmers with around 12,210 participants under Producer Awareness Program (PAP), 9277 participants under Awareness Program on quality and clean milk production (CMP) and 10397 women farmers under Women Awareness Programme (WAP).

The training programmes included topics disseminating information on benefits of becoming SAAHAJ MPC members, 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.

Women Awareness Programmes(WAP)



Events:

CSIR ‘Platinum Jubilee Techno Fest’:

CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR-CFTRI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP) during Platinum Jubilee Techno-Fest 2016 in New Delhi for developing a framework for setting up of 100 successful rural agri-enterprises in the country and to build empowering models to support rural agri-communities.
CFTRI also signed a separate MoU with Indigram Labs Foundation (ILF) for setting up incubation for the technologies developed by CFTRI. This event was held at India International Trade Fair (IITF) on 24th November 2016.

Science & Technology

Green Ease

A mobile app that connects consumers to restaurants, grocers, and cafes that buy from local and/or sustainable vendors, Green ease is promoting food sustainability one user at a time. Users can search for food service businesses based off of several qualities including free-range, grass-fed, gluten-free, and many more. The Green ease app is currently available on the App Store as well as Google Play for free.

To learn more: www.blog.hazeltechnologies.com


Prominent Contributors to Agriculture:

Dr. Robert T. Fraley: Dr. Robert T. Fraley is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto, who won the 2013 World Food Prize for "breakthrough achievements in founding, developing, and applying modern agricultural biotechnology and the NAS Award for the Industrial Application of Science.
After growing up on a small farm in Illinois, Fraley earned his Ph.D. degrees in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Illinois. He then did post-doctoral research in biophysics at the University of California-San Francisco. He is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Fraley received The Progressive Farmer's Man of the Year in 1995 and the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton in 1999. Fraley has contributed to years of agricultural development through a number of significant activities, including authoring more than 100 publications and patent applications relating to technical advances in agricultural biotechnology. The only living member of this list, I suspect Fraley will move up a few spots over time as the true impact of his work unfolds.


Source: agvanwert.wordpress.com



Do you know

African Horned Cucumber

African horned cucumber is one of the oldest fruits in the world. The fruit was originated 3000 years ago in Africa. It is also called as ‘blow fish fruit’, named after it’s yellowish outer shell with spines like horns. The fruity part of horned cucumber is green with lots of seeds. The outer shell of the fruit is rich in vitamin C.This jelly, melon fruit has an oblong shape and has a length between 5-10 cm. African horned cucumber tastes like a cross between a cucumber and lemon. Its juice is an excellent remedy for acidity, heart burns and eczema. The consumption of this fruit also helps to get relief from kidney, urinary problem and to regulate blood pressure.


Source: themysteriousworld.com

 

News Highlights

Kharif Crop in Over 35 lakh Hectare Hit Due to Rain Failure

Crops in 35.41 lakh hectares in Karnataka had been damaged during the Kharif season this year due to failure of rains, the state assembly was informed today."During 2016 Kharif season, sowing was done in about 71.67 lakh hectares, and due to failure of rains crops in 35.41 lakh has been damaged," Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda said in a written reply. He said the crops included food grains, which was raised in about 51.43 lakh hectares. Of this crops in 27.08 lakh hectares had been affected due to shortfall of rains. Stating that there was no proposal before the government to waive loans obtained by farmers through cooperative societies,Mr. Gowda, said to provide compensation for the crop loss, the state had asked central government for allocation under the National Disaster Response Fund.

Source: food.ndtv.com

Government To Launch Online Organized Market For Livestock

To encourage more farmers and entrepreneurs to take up dairy business, the government will this week launch an online portal called 'e-pashu haat' where one can buy/sell livestock, frozen semen and embryos.
Presently, there is no organized market for livestock."If a farmer from Rajasthan wants to buy high milk producing cattle breed 'Gir' from Gujarat, how will he buy? So, we have developed an online portal to facilitate both seller and buyers," a senior Agriculture Ministry official told Press Trust of India.
The electronic market will help farmers not only buy/sell live cows/buffalos but also frozen semen’s and embryos of livestock, the official said. The website 'wwww.epashuhaat.gov.in' will provide all details of each livestock along with photos as well as information on feed and fodder availability. It will also provide facilities to transport livestock after the purchase. The certified livestock will be sold through e-market but private bodies will also be allowed to sell/buy non-certified livestock, the official added. Here will be free login to the website, but one need to register for trade transaction.
Stating that government is giving a thrust on dairy sector to double farmer’s income by 2022, the official said there is a need to increase productivity of animals as well as number of livestock in the country to achieve this target. The first step is to facilitate a market for livestock for those farmers keen to taken up dairy as a supplementary business, he added. The e-market for livestock is being developed as part of the government's 'National Mission on Bovine Productivity' for which Rs. 825 crore of funds have been allocated

Source: www.ndtv.com

Demonetization Could Knock Off 1-3% From GDP Growth

The demonetization of big currency notes is having a negative impact on demand as well as consumption side of the economy and India's gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the remaining two quarters of the year (October to March) could suffer, say analysts. However, most of the analysts remain positive on the long-term impact of demonetization on the economy.
GDP growth rate could take a knock of around 1 per cent to 3 per cent (or 100 to 300 basis points), in the next two quarters, according to Pronab Sen., former chief statistician of India. The demonetization has impacted the entire informal sector, which accounts for about 45 per cent of the GDP and nearly 80 per cent of employment, he told NDTVProfit.com.
India's GDP growth in the first quarter (April-June) of this fiscal year slowed down to 7.1 per cent, from 7.5 per cent during the same quarter a year ago. Before the announcement of demonetisation, International Monetary Fund had pegged India's GDP growth for 2016-17 at 7.6 percent. The government has allowed farmers to draw up to Rs 25,000 per week against crop loans. But since majority of small farmers rely on informal system of money lending for their borrowing needs, the Rs 25,000 limit will not help them, according to Mr. Sen.
It is estimated that the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes accounted for about 85 per cent of the total currency in circulation and the government's decision to withdraw the legal tender of these notes from November 9 has created cash crunch in the market. According to RBI, the value of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in circulation was above Rs 14 lakh crore in March 2016.
Agricultural growth in India contracted 0.2 per cent in 2014-15 and grew by only 1.2 per cent in 2015-16 due to two consecutive droughts.
In a report released on Friday Care Ratings said “In general, services sector will be affected sharply in Q3 which cannot be recouped in Q4, though the intensity will reduce over the 7 month window ending December 31st."

Source: profit.ndtv.com

Telangana Government Signs Pact With Microsoft

Telangana government signed a MoU with Microsoft Corporation India wherein Microsoft will help the government to explore cloud, machine learning and mobile-based solutions to improve citizen services, education, healthcare and agriculture in the state.
"Through this partnership of ours with Microsoft, we are confident about bringing in advanced solutions pertaining to our initiatives under Digital Telangana programme." Mr. Ranjan added. Microsoft India (R&D) Managing Director Anil Bhansali said, "Over the past year, we have experimented with cloud, mobile and machine learning based solutions for better citizen connect as well as to help students, farmers and patients in India.""We are delighted to bring many of those learning’s to Telangana and explore new use for these world-class technologies."
As per the MoU, Microsoft India will work with Telangana government to support the development of cloud and mobile-based solutions and support the use of machine learning and advanced visualization to help solve challenges in the fields of education, agriculture and healthcare, according to an release.
"Telangana government has been an ardent promoter of ICT solutions, particularly in the fields of agriculture, citizen service delivery, education and healthcare. Having crossed the magical figure of 7 crore online transactions through MeeSeva, the government is miles ahead of other states with its robust citizen service delivery platform," added Mr. Jayesh.
The State has also launched an innovative ICT enabled solution for government schools called TS-CLASS (Telangana State Computer Literacy and Skills in Schools) to revolutionize the way students are taught."Additionally, the government, in collaboration with various partners, has deployed IoT enabled solutions such as healthcare teleconsulting for remote geographies and online marketplace cum support platform for farmers," he added.

Read more at: www.ndtv.com

RBI Asks Banks To Strictly Comply With Crop Insurance Scheme

Directing banks for strict compliance to expand reach of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojna (PMFBY), Reserve Bank has asked them not to be lax on entering details of farmers in the portal for crop insurance managed by the Agriculture Ministry.RBI said it was brought to its notice that entries of the farmers were not being made by the bank branches in the portal meant for crop insurance. Earlier in March, RBI had directed banks to ensure strict compliance of the provisions of Prime Minister's crop insurance scheme as well as ensure coverage of 100 per cent of defined loan farmers.
They were also asked to ensure coverage of good number of non-loanee farmers to achieve the defined objectives and targets fixed under the scheme. According to the PMFBY operational guidelines, banks are also expected to capture all relevant data including land and crop details of all loanee farmers and non-loanee farmers availing crop insurance through the branches.
The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare had advised all banks to enter farmer details in the unified portal for crop insurance -- www.agriinsurance.gov.in. However, as the entries are not being filled, RBI said the Agriculture Ministry as well as state governments are not able to cull out any data leading to difficulties in assessment of coverage of crops insured, premiums deducted etc.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the PMFBY in January this year. Last week, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh expressed hope to cover four crore farmers under the scheme in the current fiscal.

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