Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

ISAP Monthly E-Newsletter, Volume 9, Issue:9 (September , 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, 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 :-

In the month of September, two exposure visits were conducted for OCPF project farmers. A group of 36 farmers were taken on an exposure visit to Agritech–2016 on September 8th. This agri-fair witnessed participation of a large number of growers, wholesalers, importers, exporters and other stakeholders like manufacturers of farm machinery and agriculture equipments. These farmers got a chance to learn about advanced agriculture technologies at this fair (especially machinery). Attending this fair was helpful to the farmers as all FPOs formed are running farm mechanization centres.

The second exposure visit was undertaken to the Krishi Mela-2016 at Dharwad on 24th September. This was organized by the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad on the theme ‘Pulses for Nutritional Security’. 50 members from FPO including more than 30 women participated in this Mela. They all learnt about the latest techniques in farming of pulses. They also learnt about latest technologies related to agri-machinery, equipments, agri-robot, fish aquariums, and different kinds of flowers, seeds and livestock.

One health camp was organized in village Harsur, Gulbarga on 1st September. Nearly 180 patients benefitted from this camp. Free medicines were provided to the patients in this camp.

Three training programs on the issue of integrated pest and nutrient management were organized in the month. The first training was conducted on 15th September at Kadaganchi village, Gulbarga; second on 17th September at Tadkal village, Aland; and third training on 19th September at Kappargaon village, Humnabad. Total 90 farmers participated in these trainings. Farmers were educated on safe and efficient usage of chemicals.

Exposure visit of OCPF-AES project farmers to Krishi Mela-2016, Dharwad


Glimpses of medical camps organized at Village Harsur, Distt. Gulbarga


Training on integrated pest and nutrient management


OCPF-IFS Project, Rajasthan

ISAP is working with small and marginalized farmers of Rajasthan, specially Baran, Bundi and Sawai Madhopur districts 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 :-

OCPF-IFS operational fields were visited by Dr S. A. Patil, (OCPF Advisor to India) and Mr. Sudharshan Suryawanshi (CEO, ISAP) during 5-7 September 2016. They reviewed the project progress and guided the field team on future course of action. Dr Patil provided his valuable suggestions to the field team and farmers on seed production.

Dr Patil inaugurated the Primary Health Unit at AVRC- Kishanganj, District - Baran (Rajasthan) on 7th September 2016. A registered medical practitioner has been deputed to provide medical services at this PHU on a regular basis.

60 FPO members (10 from each FPO) were taken on an exposure visit to “Rashtriya Beej Vitaran Kisan Mela)” (Farmer’s fair) in Ajmer, Rajasthan. This fair was organized by ICAR-National Seed Spices Research Centre, Ajmer during 18-19 September 2016. This fair was focused on spice cultivation and quality certified spice seeds were also available on sale counters. Workshop and a Kisan Gosthi helped farmers to get updated with improved technologies of spice cultivation. ISAP FPOs also participated in the exhibition. A stall was set up in this mela, where FPO products were displayed. “Dharini” honey, produced by a Hindoli (Distt. Bundi) based FPO got very good response from the visitors.

On the training front, 4 trainings on crop management were organized during 23-26 September, 2016, with a special session on organic farming. This training was provided with the technical assistance of Niko Orgo Manure Company, Rajasthan. The farmers were also provided training on post-harvest management, including storage techniques of kharif crops like urad, moong and soybean. 150 farmers benefitted from these trainings.

Harvesting of Kharif crops – paddy, urad, moong and soybean is under progress. ISAP FPOs have collaborated with Beej India for the seed production program. During the Kharif season, selected FPO members had sown breeder and foundation seeds and now, at harvest time, estimated production is 30 Qtl addy, 60 Qtl. Urad, 200 Qtl Moong and 140 Qtl Soybean raw seeds. This will be procured from the farmers by the FPO and after processing and grading this will be sold in the market.

Inauguration of Primary Heath Care Unit at AVRC, Kisanganj (Distt. Baran)


Stall set up by OCPF-IFS FPOs during Kisan Mela at Ajmer (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.

Success Story (Haveri- Karnataka Special Project):

“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” This is what the farmers of “Bhootayi Horticulture Farmer Producer Company Limited” did when there was no ray of hope left due to existing financial constraints resulting from poor, unsupported farming practices prevailing at Haveri. Haveri, a taluka as well as a district of Karnataka is well known for its mangoes and other fruits such as watermelon and lime.

These farmers were trying hard to get their farming practices improved in terms of agriculture inputs, getting better prices for their produce and storage practices when ISAP came in the picture. These farmers approached ISAP for seeking assistance regarding the issue. ISAP helped these farmers by forming an FPO of these farmers named “Bhootayi Horticulture Farmer Producer Company Limited” with the support of Government of Karnataka. The FPO so formed, soon after the registration, started seeking innovate business opportunities.

Currently with the support of ISAP, the company has started input business activities for mango crates, watermelon seedlings and tarpaulin sheets. This activity was initiated keeping in mind the requirements and challenges of the members faced during purchase of these resources. Presently the company is connected with fruit dealers and whole sellers, Syngenta India Ltd. and Samruddhi Industrial Ltd. for the purchase of watermelon seedlings and mango crates. The company is delighted on earning a profit of Rs. 40,000/- out of mango crates business and Rs. 21,000/- out of watermelon seeds, in just one month. Additionally, the company had made a profit of Rs 50,000/- by selling tarpaulin.

High Yielding Variety (HYV) seeds were given to the farmers at much cheaper prices as compared to open market prices. The company made a pretty good amount of profit in a short span of time. This was a win-win situation for the FPO, individual farmer members as well as for ISAP.


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Project SHARE

This is the second phase of Project SHARE i.e. Sustainable Harvest Agriculture Resources and Environment. It aims to create change agents among farmers by opting recent technical and scientific interventions. It also promotes the farmers to get better market linkages of their produce, and for this, FPOs are being formed. It also includes the concept of Model Villages. 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 Update:-

FPO formation is in progress in all the states. Documents of five FPOs of Varanasi and 3 FPOs of Gorakhpur have been submitted to RoC for registration. Documents of eighteen (18) FPOs of Maharashtra have been submitted for registration. For Telangana and Karnataka, collection of FPO documents is in progress. Besides this, block level trainings have been organized for lead farmers on crop management and institution building.

Lead farmers training in Basvakalyan (Karnataka)

Lead farmers training in DevDurga (Karnataka)


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 (Punjab)

“Where there is a will, there’s a way’’, says Bhupendra Kumar Budholia who is an agricultural graduate from a lower middle class family in Burha village of Silwani tehsil in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh. In his childhood days he 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 the farming operations. This inclination towards farming activities led him to pursue agriculture sciences later in life.

While pursuing his studies at the university, he heard about MANAGE’s Agri-Clinic and Agri-business course conducted by ISAP from his seniors 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. Ajay Bhonsle, the Nodal Officer of ISAP in Bhopal. By meeting him, I developed a vision about how this course could help me to take up business ventures in multiple domains of agriculture’’, says Bhupinder. He joined the two-month duration ACABC training programme at ISAP, Bhopal, in the month of April 2016, and further started a farm machinery hiring center on a small scale in his village with farm machines like tractors, seed drilling machines, cultivators and rotavators.​

According to Bhupendra, through his business initiative, he has helped more than 80 farmers of his village by making agriculture mechanization accessible to them without making them invest in the purchase of these machines. He rents his agricultural implements both for agriculture and haulaging purpose. Bhupendra earns around Rs. 25,000 per month through the farm machinery hiring business. Bhupendra not only generates an income for himself but also helps farmers in his area in obtaining better income through improving their yield by the use of agriculture mechanization.

ISAP wishes Bhupendra all the best for his future endeavor.

Bhupendra can be contacted on 09855626233.

Skill Training Program for Tractor Operator and Mechanic –CNH Industrial (India) Pvt. Ltd.

ISAP has initiated the 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 domains 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 74 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 a new batch at Nagpur, Maharashtra in the first week of October 2016.





‘Hunar’ Skills Training Program and IFS - John Deere

ISAP and Global Communities has initiated the Hunar Skills program in Dharwad, Karnataka; Bhopal region, Madhya Pradesh; and Nagpur/Akola region, Maharashtra - 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 arrangement. In particular, the program aims to provide skills training to 720 people. 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 for 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 150 candidates have been trained at all the three locations.

We have started a new batch in Harvester Operator and Mechanic domain at Akola Maharashtra with the strength of 17 Candidates on 22nd September 2016.





Conferences & Workshops:

~12th Agro Tech 2016: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is holding 12th Agro Tech 2016 at Chandigarh on Nov 19-22, 2016. Agro Tech works as an ideal interaction platform between the Farm Producers and the Agro Industry. By creating linkages for value creation and value addition, the exhibition offers varied business opportunities to the technology holders as well as practical learning to the technology users.
Event Links: agrotech-india.com

~Indian Cold Chain Show (ICCS 2016) : Reed Manch is organizing ICCS 2016 on Oct 17-19, 2016 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India. Every year, technology providers gather to showcase latest solutions in front of hundreds of decision makers visiting from all parts of the world. The event offers comprehensive business, networking and learning opportunity. Major focus in this event would be on Cold Chains, Cold Logistics, Temperature Controlling, Refrigeration, Storage, Distribution and Cold Supply Chain Sectors.
Event Links: indiacoldchainshow.com

~India International Skill Development Summit and Exhibition (IISDSE): Foundation for Excellence (EIFE) is organizing IISDSE at hotel Ashoka, New Delhi on Nov 21-22, 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.
Event Links: eife.org

~ Agri, Dairy, Food & Poultry Fest: Key2Green Pvt Ltd is organizing Agri, Dairy, Food & Poultry Fest at Lucknow (India) during Oct 22-24, 2016. This event will help industries to synergize the collaborative efforts and to reach the thousands of end users who visit these exhibitions.
Event Links: key2green.com

Science & Technology

The new Exact Apply System was developed for Producers and Agriculture Service providers who seek a higher level of control of product applications, especially improved application efficacy and accuracy in all field shapes. Another important feature with the Exact Apply is John Deere’s Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) system that offers three times the pulsing frequency of traditional PWM systems on a wide variety of nozzle. This allows the sprayer to run at a consistent pressure and droplet size, regardless of the sprayer speed and application flow rate, for improved spray coverage across the entire field.


Exact Apply is fully integrated with the Green Star 2630 Display and Spray Star, making it compatible with the entire suite of John Deere precision and data-management products our application customers need. It offers significant improvements in spray performance, coverage, and accuracy, especially on point rows and irregular-shaped fields. The system is compatible with all boom sizes equipped with stainless steel plumbing.



To learn more: JohnDeere.com/ag

Prominent Contributors to Agriculture:

George H. Shull (April 15, 1874- September 28, 1954):Considered as father of hybrid corn, Shull devoted 30 years of his life to corn breeding. A Botanist by training, Shull began his famous experiments at Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island New York. His experiments began in 1905 and centered on inheritance in corn. Although there are several geneticists/botanists who made contributions to the development of hybrid corn, Shull made the critical observations on the reduction in vigor on inbreeding corn and the subsequent improvement of vigor on crossing corn. These experiments provided the basis for hybrid corn. Although it was ground breaking research, it would not be until 1922 before hybridized corn was made commercially available. Shull founded the journal Genetics (which is considered to this day one of the top international science journals), and served as a Professor of Botany and Genetics at Princeton University.



Source: en.wikipedia.org

Do you know

Spider Goat

The spider goat is purely a creation of science. Outwardly it has no difference from your typical goat. However, the spider goat does have spider DNA in it. The spider goat creates milk that contains golden orb spider silk. Golden orb spider silk is not meant for human consumption and it is the only outwardly distinguishable trait that makes the spider goat unique. Scientists refine the spider goat's milk and then the extracted silk is used to make highly resistant products such as fishing line wire, body armor, surgical sutures and parachutes.




Source: theguardian.com

 

News Highlights

India cuts wheat import tax to 10% until February 2017

India has reduced the import tax on wheat to 10%, from 25%, until end-February 2017, according to an official notice released by the Central Board of Excise and Customs on September 23. Market sources attributed the cut in the import tariff to the government's attempt to ensure adequate and affordable food supply ahead of major festive season in October. Adding to this, slower state procurements and lower domestic buffer stocks could be some of the contributing factors to the cut in the wheat import tax. Currently, wheat stocks held in the central pool stood at 24.25 million mt, the lowest level seen since 23.26 million mt in 2008, according to data from Food Corporation of India. On the production front, wheat production for India's 2015-2016 crop years (July-June) is estimated at 93.5 million mt, according to the fourth advance estimates released by the US Department of Agriculture on August 2, lower from its third estimates at 94.04 million mt.
On September 22, USDA released first advance estimates for crop year 2016-2017, with wheat estimated at 96.50 million mt, on favorable monsoon rainfall between June and September 2016, and a higher acreage and yield, sources added. Meanwhile, traders said buying interest for Australian wheat loading in December were heard over the past weeks, but the wide gap between buy and sell notions have slowed down trade activity. Australian wheat was also priced at a premium of $20-$25/mt to Black Sea origins.

GM mustard would be disastrous for India's agricultural independence

Molecular biologist Pushpa M. Bhargava on Saturday said the commercial cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) mustard would be "disastrous" as it would eventually open the doors for multinational corporations to control India's agriculture."It's a disaster. If you permit it then you open the floodgates for other GM crops. Our agriculture will be in the hands of multinational corporations like Bayer. We will lose our independence. I think civil society must protest as much as they can,"Bhargava told IANS.

GM mustard, if it doesn't face any public resistance, could become India's first GM food crop released for cultivation by regulator Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC). Asked about the reaction of civil society members and activists to the GM crop, Bhargava, the Supreme Court appointed member of GEAC said: "The government must realize that if it does not recognize civil society protests of that magnitude then it’s a loss of name for it. This is how a revolution begins." The transgenic crop, Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 (DMH-11) has been developed by the Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants (CGMCP), University of Delhi. Currently, GM cotton is the only transgenic crop commercially available in fields. Scientists who were involved in the engineering of the mustard claim it is "benign" and also beneficial for farmers as it is higher yielding.

Source: smetimes.in

Agricultural loans rise 11 % in Gujarat State

This year, rains arrived late and the monsoon activity has stretched into the September. Gujarat currently has an 18 percent rainfall deficit; after it registered an average rainfall of 652 mm. Banks in Gujarat are seeing good off-take in agricultural loans. The agricultural advances extended to farmers in the state stood at Rs 69,100 crore at the end of June 2016, which is 11 percent more when compared to the quantum of credit during the same period, last year.
“In the state, the growth in agriculture credit for the quarter ended June 2016 is about 12.47 percent more compared to March, 2016. The growth could have been even more, if the monsoon had arrived on time,” said Vikramaditya Singh Khichi, convener of SLBC.
Despite the shortfall in rains in several areas, farmers in Gujarat have not only taken more loans, but have also gone ahead with the sowing of their respective Kharif crops and have covered more area than what they did last year. According to the data shared by the agriculture department on Monday, the total area covered under the Kharif crop this year is 86.23 lakh ha. This is not only more than 85.04 lakh ha sown last year, but is 99.44 percent of the area, if a three-year average for this season is considered.

Indian variety of rice, pulses may soon be grown in Nigeria

Indian variety of rice and pulses may soon be grown in Nigeria, a substantial importer of food grains, as it aims to make agriculture the biggest alternative to oil and gas business to diversify its economy. The issue came up for discussion during bilateral talks Vice President Hamid Ansari held with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and his counterpart Yemi Osinbajo.
"Nigeria is a substantial importer of food grains. There are lot of land in the country which can be used for the purpose of growing Indian variety of rice and pulses. Nigeria also expressed keen interest in cooperation in the field of rice processing and emulates India's agricultural model and capacity. In July, the Nigerian government had approved a policy named 'The Green Alternative' to make agriculture the biggest alternative to oil and gas business in its bid to diversify its economy. Under this policy, the government aims to do everything that is needed to achieve self-sufficiency in agriculture and also become a major exporter of agricultural products. The two sides decided to increase the area of cooperation and strategic partnership on defence issues.
India offered to extend help in Nigeria in several fields including space technology, nuclear applications, ICT and science and technology. Ansari also complimented Nigeria for democracy taking its roots in the country and lauded the efforts of its defence forces in securing the release of Dubai-owned MT Maxims which was hijacked by pirates. Describing Nigeria as a great energy talent, he also stressed on the need for diversifying and creating more balanced use of energy.

Source: newstodaynet.com

Indian sugar production estimate at 23.5 million metric tonnes, down 6.5% year on year

With less than a month before the start of the 2016-17 season in India, Platts is keeping the Indian sugar production estimate at 23.5 million metric tons, down 6.5% year on year throughout the off crop period. The southwest monsoon, which is in the withdrawal phase, is 5% below the Long Period Average (LPA) at 794 millimeters over June 1-September 19 and can be termed a “normal” monsoon. It was forecast to be above-normal by the Indian Meteorological Department at 106-107% above the LPA at the start of the year.
The largest sugar-producing state of Maharashtra has received 746.4 mm of cumulative rain, which is 12% above the LPA. This is good for boosting yields, even to some extent in the ratoon crop available for harvest during 2016-17. So we are maintaining our estimates for sugar production in the state at 6.5 million metric tonne, down 23.5% year on year. Our estimates do factor in much of the yield reduction that has already happened due to the drought over the last two seasons.

Read more at: economictimes

ICAR to train 24 lakh agri-workers by 2022

Amid shortage of skilled agri- workers, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has decided to train 24 lakh farmers by 2022 in areas like polyhouse construction, biogas and Vermi compost."There are 14 crore farmers in the country, but we hardly have skilled workers who can support them in constructing polyhouses, making beekeeping boxes, establish the structure for mushroom cultivation and other allied agricultural activities," ICAR Deputy Director General (Extension) A K Singh said at Farm Innovators meet here.
ICAR has been training farmers in such activities but not as per the Skill Development Ministry's standard of 200 hours coaching to provide a proper certificate. Singh said a separate training of 16 hours would be conducted for re-skilling of those farmers who have already been trained from the ICAR. He said innovative farmers will be engaged as 'farmer’s professors' in the training programme because they have expertise of field level experience. As many as 100 farmers across the country presented their innovative farm models at the conference organized by Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), which is part of ICAR. IARI Director Ravinder Kaur emphasized the importance of creating agripreneurship among farmers to maximize the income from farming.

Read more at: economictimes

PM Narendra Modi dedicates 7 new plant species to nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday dedicated seven new indigenously developed varieties of plants to the nation and interacted with farmers to mark the 75th anniversary of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
"No country would progress without the use of science and technology," Modi said at the Vigyan Bhawan here where the CSIR marked its 75th foundation day.
The Prime Minster also stressed upon mitigating the gaps between science and research to the industry and common user. "Sometimes we do invention but the common man is kept away from those inventions. We need to abridge those gaps," he said. Interacting with the farmers from five states through video conferencing, the Prime Minster encouraged them to brand their products for better marketing.
The new varieties of the plants that have ornamental and medicinal qualities were developed by the CSIR laboratories, especially Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP). The plants include new varieties of lemongrass, citronella, and vetiver and canna lily plant .

Read more at: economictimes

37 APMC's of Gujarat linked to e-NAM

In a move that will help farmers sell their products online, 37 Agriculture Produce Market Committee's (APMC's) of Gujarat were today linked to e-National Agriculture Market (e-NAM), a pan India electronic trading portal. "We have today linked 37 APMC's of Gujarat to e-NAM, to facilitate farmers to sell their produce online, to keep them aware of existing rates of agri produce and enable them to get good return," Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said at a gathering in Gandhinagar. Three APMC's of Gujarat were linked with e-NAM in April by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when the portal was launched. Now all the 40 APMC's in the state linked to the online platform. This is one initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which will help eliminate middleman and farmers can procure good price of their produce. "Under the e-NAM scheme launched by the Prime Minister on April 14, 240 APMC's of the country were to be linked through this portal," Rupani said. E-NAM is a pan-India electronic trading portal which networks the existing APMC's to create a unified national market for agriculture commodities. The NAM portal provides a single window service for all APMC related information and services. This includes commodity arrivals and prices, buy and sell trade offers, provision to respond to trade offers, among other services.

Read more at : business-standard.com

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