Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

ISAP Monthly E-Newsletter, Volume 9, Issue:10 (October , 2016)


- ISAP Activities

Conferences & Exhibitions

Science & Technology

Prominent Contributors to Agriculture

Do you know

- News Highlights


ISAP, the parent body of IAP, which also started as an electronic group in 2001, achieved the following highlights since then:
  • ISAP group and page on Facebook and Linkedin cater to more than 100,000 professionals on a daily basis with thousands of posts every month and answers to a huge number of queries and interactions generated through these platforms.
  • Reached 1500 villages, 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-AES Project, Karnataka

In phase I, the OCPF-AES project was 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 various Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Tulajpur, Aurangabad and Rahuri where farmers were informed about poultry rearing, wilt-resistant variety of red gram and to study about horticulture crops. A health camp was also organized at Sarsamba, Aland Taluk village and various farmers got benefitted from it.

Additionally, a special spray called Pulse Magic was distributed to farmers to improve flowering. An Integrated Pest and Nutrient Management training was also given to farmers at various villages in order to reduce damages caused by pests and to increase productivity.

An SHG training programme was also conducted at Halbarga village, Bidar district where the group of women were trained to strengthen the work among themselves through micro financing.

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. An Agri Village Resource Centre (AVRC) has 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 :-

1. Sale of FPO and SHG products through a selling counter at Kota Dashahra Mela- Dashahra Mela at Kota (Rajasthan) –
Dashahra Mela at Kota is a very important event with all its cultural and religious values. Our FPO set up a selling counter in this Mela for marketing promotion and counter selling of various products - Dharini Honey, Dharini Papad and Dharini Washing Powder. This event helped the FPO to explore a vast range of traders and direct consumers from all over Rajasthan and other adjoining states.

2. Seed grading unit established at AVRC - Kishanganj, District Baran, Rajasthan – Dashahra Mela at Kota (Rajasthan) –
A composite unit for seed cleaning-cum-grading has been established at AVRC Kishanganj, District - Baran, Rajasthan. This unit is being effectively operated for cleaning, grading and packing of previously procured wheat raw seed during Rabi-2015. About 100 quintals of Truthful labeled wheat seed has been packed in 40 kg packets which will be sold for this current season Rabi-2016.


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)

Two pesticide and tarpaulin marketing outlets were opened in FPO jurisdiction and in both of them smooth business transactions are going on.

A representative meeting was conducted in Raichur Block. At this meeting, the following topics were discussed:
• Roles and responsibilities of a leader
• Importance of BOD and promoters in FPO
• Registration process
• Other FPO business

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 two districts of Telangana (Nizamabad and Adilabad). This will be done sustainably through input-output, capacity-building of farmers, imparting best package of practices through creation of demonstrations/ model plots; creating water harvesting structures, facilitating market linkages and aggregating the farmers 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 compost.

The project will engage 30,000 farmers from 30 blocks and about 400 villages from the respective states of Maharashtra and Telangana who 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 like poultry, washing powder making, goatery, etc, thereby increasing the household incomes.

Monthly Update:-

• FPOs Registration is in progress
• DSC (Digital Signature Certificate) obtained for 21 FPOs in Maharashtra; for other five FPOs of Maharashtra documents verification is in progress
• For Telangana, FPO document collection is completed and verification of documents is in progress.
• Harvesting of crops (Kharif demonstrations) is due in both states.

FPO BODs and Promoters meeting in Risod (Maharashtra)

FPO BODs and Promoters meeting in Binapur (Maharashtra)

Agri-clinic Agri-business Program:-

ISAP is running an 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 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 (Madhya Pradesh)

‘’A problem is an opportunity for you to do the best”, says Jitender Sharma who is an agricultural graduate belonging to a lower middle class family and lives in Khategaon block of Dewas district, Madhya Pradesh. Jitender, in spite of the financial constraints, right from his student days wanted to start his own venture. He heard about the Agri-Clinic and Agribusiness course conducted by MANAGE, Hyderabad from one of his friends who had attended this training before. He contacted Mr. Ajay Bhonsle, the Nodal Officer of ISAP, Bhopal, from whom he got the detailed information about this training programme. After getting fully convinced about the AC&ABC course structure and benefits of attending the same, he enrolled for the training programme on 28th January 2016, and attended the two- month training programme at ISAP, Bhopal.

‘’After completion of the training programme I decided to start a venture on agri-inputs, as during my graduation days I came to know about the difference in yield which a good quality of seeds, fertilizers and following the right package of practice can make in agriculture’’, says Jitender. He started his venture with an initial investment of Rs.10 Lakhs from the money which he arranged from his friends and relatives. Along with this venture he got an opportunity of providing extension services to the farmers of his village in selection of best quality of seeds as the farmers sought his advice before making the choice of purchase of agri-inputs. Jitender is well respected in his village among the farmers because of his consultative nature of selling agri-inputs. In this way, Jitender has helped the farmers of his village in obtaining higher yields by his recommendations, and side-by-side bringing down the cost which the farmers used to incur earlier by using wrong combination of agri-inputs viz-a-viz their needs.

Currently, Jitender earns around Rs. 25,000 per month from his venture by selling of agri-inputs like seeds, insecticides, fungicides, fertilizers and plant growth regulators. Through his work he covers around 250 farmers from his village and the adjoining villages of his block. The technical expertise which he gained during the AC&ABC training programme has not only helped him in generating a decent income, but at the same time he is also gaining respect among the farming fraternity of his village.

ISAP wishes Jitender all the best for his future endeavors.

Jitender can be contacted at 9926334939.

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 domain of 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 towards 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 we have 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.

‘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 in March 2016 at Akola (Maharashtra), at Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) in April 2016, and in May 2016 in Dharwad district of Karnataka. Till now 167 candidates have been trained at all the three locations.

Rain Water Harvesting and Safe Drinking Water Project (Greater Noida)::-

A Rain Water Harvesting and Safe Drinking water project was initiated by ISAP at Balak Ram Inter College, Greater Noida. This project aimed to install RO Water Purification units, raise a student awareness campaign and hygiene awareness along with rain water harvesting support and awareness. 16 UV water purification units were installed, 11 groundwater recharge pits were constructed for rain water harvesting and 2 water coolers were installed for students. The funding for the project was provided by New Holland and Graziano. Boring of all units is completed roughly averaging 80 ft deep (some at more than 120 ft). Construction of pits is completed and all pits are connected to the nearest sewerage system. All pits are covered with artificial green matching the adjacent grass.

Site Inspection by Experts



Construction Stages

Final Shape

Covering of Pit

Safe Drinking Water :-

ISAP procured 16 UVs from Kent RO System and installed in the main building, hostel block and at the main gate.

Conferences & Workshops:

~8th Agrivision 2016: An extensive exhibition and a thought-provoking conference - 8th Agrivision 2016 will be held at Nagpur on Nov 11-14, 2016. Agrivision will help to educate, encourage and empower farmers. It is a unique platform to interact with important people from the agriculture fraternity.
Event Links:

~ Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet: Government of Rajasthan in collaboration with FICCI is organizing a Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) from 9th to 11th November 2016, at Jaipur in Rajasthan, which will be an international event focusing on innovations and best practices in agriculture and allied sectors. It will be showcasing the depth and range of modern agriculture value chain and live demonstrations.
Event Links:

~International Conference on Post Harvest Technologies of Agriculture Produce for Sustainable Food & Nutritional Security: UPCAR (Uttarpradesh Council of Agriculture Research Lucknow) and IIAST (Integral Institute of Agriculture Science & Technology) is organizing ICPASN at Integral University, Lucknow on Nov 10-12, 2016. The objective of this two-day conference is to bring researchers around the globe to discuss new trends on Post Harvest Technologies in agriculture and link them with sustainable food and nutritional security.
Event Links:

~ India International Skill Development Summit and Exhibition:Europe India Foundation for Excellence (EIFE) is organizing an event on International Skill Development, Hotel Asoka New Delhi on 21-22 Nov 2016. The objective of this two-day event summit is to build a platform between various government, private sector and civil society players to rapidly build up a vibrant skill development partnership with International Countries, Companies & Institutes those who have satisfactory experience in this filed.

Science & Technology

Antifungal RNA spray could help fight barley crop disease

Plant vascular system transports RNA from sprayed leaves to distant fungal infection sites. Spraying barley crops with RNA molecules that inhibit fungus growth could help protect the plants against disease, according to a new study. Plant diseases caused by fungi that grow on crops seriously threaten the world's food supply, and fungi can develop resistance to traditional pesticides. The figure shows accumulation of fluorescent-labeled dsRNA in the plant vascular system after spraying barley leaves with CYP3-dsRNAA488 that inhibits plant infection with Fusarium fungi. Spraying barley crops with RNA molecules that inhibit fungus growth could help protect the plants against disease, according to a new study published in PLOS Pathogens. Plant diseases caused by fungi that grow on crops seriously threaten the world's food supply, and fungi can develop resistance to traditional pesticides. To improve the antifungal arsenal, Aline Koch of Justus Liebig University, Germany, and colleagues are investigating RNA-based techniques that fight fungi at the genetic level.

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Prominent Contributors to Agriculture:

Norman Ernest Borlaug (March 25, 1914 – September 12, 2009):One of the most prominent biologists of the 20th century, Norman Borlaug is often referred to as “The Man who Saved a Billion Lives” and why wouldn’t he be? After all he is the man behind the Green Revolution which revolutionized the way farming was being conducted all over the world. Having spent his childhood in a large farm raising cattle and growing food crops, the young Norman had a great thirst for knowledge. Though as a kid he attended a small school, he decided to pursue his higher education from the University of Minnesota. After completing his studies he could have opted for a lucrative job in the chemical industry but he choose to go to Mexico to research on creating high yielding crops. Over the course of his work he successfully developed disease resistant, high yielding wheat varieties which when combined with modern agricultural production techniques could dramatically change the way farming was done. His discoveries and production techniques helped several hitherto food-deficient countries in Asia and Africa to achieve food security and helped to provide food for millions of starving people. He was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize for his immeasurable contributions towards feeding millions of people around the world.


Do you know


Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual plant. It is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil extracted from the seeds. Plants are 30 to 150 cm (12 to 59 in) tall with globular flower heads having yellow, orange, or red flowers. Each branch will usually have from one to five flower heads containing 15 to 20 seeds per head. Safflower is native to arid environments having seasonal rain. It grows a deep taproot which enables it to thrive in such environments. India is the largest producer of Safflower Seeds. Safflower seed oil is flavorless and colorless, and nutritionally similar to sunflower oil. It is used mainly in cosmetics and as a cooking oil, in salad dressing, and for the production of margarine. INCI nomenclature is Carthamus tinctorius.



News Highlights

Agriculture Ministry prepares contract farming act

Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee Act and carve out the provisions on contract farming into a separate law. The agriculture ministry in consultation with states and government's think tank NITI Aayog will come out with a separate Contract Farming Act, along the lines of that in Punjab, and a fresh draft of the model APMC Act to roll out the series of reforms proposed by the Aayog for the politically sensitive agriculture sector. All other sources of farm income would continue to be under the APMC law.
The move comes after several states expressed reservations on certain provisions of the existing Act. .. "We will relook at the model APMC Act and come out with a fresh draft in three months to completely liberalize the sector in a way that it addresses concerns of all states," NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand said after the first national consultation with states on agriculture reforms. According to Chand, the agriculture sector needs the entry of private players to induce competition, which in turn would fetch better returns to farmers. Some states have apprehensions on the contract farming provisions while some have reservations on the proposal of a single levy. States like Punjab are worried about revenue loss under the existing APMC Act. “We have taken the views of all states and would rework the new model APMC Act accordingly to take all states on board,” Chand said. As part of a three-pronged strategy to usher in reforms in agriculture in the short run, NITI Aayog has proposed land leasing and forestry reforms along with agriculture reforms to push the sector onto a higher growth trajectory. The Aayog is pushing states to change their land lease law in line with the central legislation to suit their needs, besides liberalizing regulations governing forestry on private land. “States have restrictions on felling of trees as well as on marketing for which a transit permit is required.

Source: economictimes

Punjab Agricultural University signs MoU with Field Fresh to promote crop research

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Field Fresh Foods, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises & Del Monte Pacific Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to carry out a corn productivity research programme. The MoU follows the agreement signed recently between Cambridge University and Bharti Foundation to fund the research Programme. The collaborative research will examine the relationship between the genetic make-up, environmental factors and crop management of corn in order to develop a production system that is more resilient and helps reduce production costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Under the project, Field Fresh will also fund a post-doctoral fellowship to conduct field trials the company's Agri Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Ludhiana, Punjab, The fellow will work under the mentorship of PAU scientists. The research findings of the project will be further translated into guidance for small farmers in India to promote sustainability, financial stability and to eradicate food shortages.

Source: economictimes

250 mandis in 10 states linked with e-agri market in 1st phase

Government has integrated 250 mandis in ten states with the electronic national agriculture market (e-NAM) in the first phase, on which commodities worth Rs 421 crore have been traded, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today. He also launched mobile App to access information related to prices of commodities traded on the e-NAM platform so that to encourage more farmers to take advantage of this new initiative. In April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the e-NAM on a pilot basis with 22 mandis in eight states. The target was to integrate 200 mandis by September this year and total 585 by March 2018.
Provision of online payment of the sale proceeds to farmers has also been made available on e-NAM portal and states have been requested to encourage direct transfer of sale proceeds to farmers' bank account, he added. e-NAM is a pan India electronic portal for sale and purchase of agri-produce in an efficient and transparent manner. The government has allocated Rs 200 crore for this scheme.

Source: economictimes

New Holland acquires Kongskilde Industries:

New Holland Agriculture has acquired the agricultural Grass and Soil business of Kongskilde Industries, part of the Danish Group Dansk Landbrugs Grovvareselskab. This business develops, manufactures and sells solutions for agricultural applications in the Tillage, Seeding and Hay & Forage segments under various brands, including Kongskilde, Överum and JF. Kongskilde will continue to operate through its current sales organization and its dealer and importer network ensuring continuity in its customers’ support. This acquisition will create a major extension and enhancement of New Holland’s offering with the addition of a key product portfolio.
The agreement is an important element in New Holland’s strategy to provide customers around the world with innovative and complete solutions to their farming needs by adding tillage and seeding equipment to its product portfolio and extending its hay and forage offering. The acquisition comprises a transfer of assets related to the Tillage, Seeding and Hay & Forage activities of Kongskilde Industries. The manufacturing footprint of this business includes two plants in Europe, located in Poland and Sweden, and other facilities in the EMEA, APAC and NAFTA regions.

Read more at: economictimes

Haryana starts farm tourism scheme

Chandigarh, Oct 14 (PTI) In a bid to turn Haryana’s hinterlands into tourist hot-spots, the state government today started the Farm Tourism scheme, under which registered farm owners can host tourists under holiday packages."The state government has started farm tourism to attract people to villages," Haryana Tourism Minister Rambilas Sharma said today. Holiday packages will be offered to tourists at registered farms near Delhi, he said. "Besides, the state government is also leading in terms of promoting folk art and craft by organizing fairs and festivals," he said."To aware people about the history and culture of Haryana, the state government has been focusing on developing ancient cultural heritage, historical and famous pilgrimage sites as tourism spots," he said, adding the government has also given the industry status to the tourism sector."Concepts of diverse forms of tourism-- religious, heritage, agriculture, golf, adventure and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events)-- are being promoted by the government," he said. There is a plan to start adventure activities in Tikkar Taal of Morni (Panchkula), Surajkund in Faridabad and Damdama in Gurgaon, he added. PTI VJ ANB DIP

Read more at: indiatoday

India's groundnut production to increase by 70%: SEA :

The Kharif groundnut crop of 2016-17 is estimated at 54.80 lakh tonnes against 32.30 lakh tonnes in 2015-16 up by 70%, according to the estimate of industry body Solvent Extractors Association (SEA). Groundnut is one of the major crops in Kharif season and Gujarat is the prominent state growing groundnut. Since last 9 years, SEA Groundnut Promotion Council conducting the Groundnut crop survey to assess the size and quality of the groundnut crop. This year under leadership of Shri G.G. Patel, Convener, SEA Oilseed Crop Estimate Committee and Past President, a 20 members team visited the leading groundnut producing districts in Gujarat during 12th to 16th October 2016. "Gujarat Government has reported that 16.44 lakh hectares under Groundnut crop sown during Kharif season compared to 12.95 lakh ha in 2015-16, " stated the SEA release. Average yield per hectare has increased to 1790 Kg. per hectare against 1155 Kg. per hectare last year. Gujarat is expected to harvest 29.40 lakh tonnes during Kharif season. We have also worked out All India Kharif Groundnut Crop data based on SEA primary survey of Gujarat, GGN Research data and secondary survey.

Read more at: economictimes


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