Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

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  • 1. Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals – Brief ProfileIndian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP) is the largest network of agriculture and alliedsector professionals in India and developing countries.A non-government, non-profit organization incorporated in 2001, under Section 25 of the IndianCompanies Act, ISAP is a growing network encompassing over 15,000 registered associate members,comprising 5000 Agri-Experts, 752 partner NGOs, over 868 Individual users and more than 1100researchers in 200 different cities of India.V I S I ONInstill economic security and stability among farming community particularly small & marginalfarmers through holistic development of agriculture and rural sector.MISSION Improve the livelihood pattern of small & marginal farmers by enhancing their access to appropriate and affordable technologies, market related information and linkages. Sustainability of extension services and expert advice through capacity building exercises effectively bridging the rural-urban divide. Associate all professionals’ involved in different aspects of agriculture and rural development through national and international networks.ISAP O U T R E A C HISAP has national presence spread across 14 Indian Statesof India. These include Assam, Nagaland, Haryana,Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir,Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, AP,Orissa and. New DelhiFUNCTIONAL AREASThe functional areas of ISAP include: ICT and Agriculture Extension Crop Productivity Improvement Programme Skilling and Entrepreneurship DevelopmentICT A N D A G R I -E X T E N S I O N S E R V I C E SISAP undertakes extensive networking with different stakeholders, like development institutes,extension officers, agri-input and service providers, donor agencies, government departments andprominent state level NGOs.Key features of our agri-extension services are IEC activities, Farmers’ Awareness Campaigns,Trainings, Field Demonstrations, Interaction Meets, Exposure Visits, Farmers Trainings and one toone meetings with the farmers to generate awareness and build the capacity of the farmers with the Page 1 of 4
  • 2. objective of expanding the outreach and revamp the extension services to increase farm productionand income of farmers.ICT S E R V I C E S I N A G R I C U L T U R EK is a n C al l C e nt r eISAP with Department of Farmer Welfare and AgricultureDevelopment (DFW&AD) and State Institute of AgricultureExtension and Training (SIAET) has setup the Kisan call centerunder Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) in Bhopal, MadhyaPradesh.What Farmers ReceiveReal Time and Updated Information on Good Agricultural practices Hybrid seeds and nutrient management of different crops Farm Machinery and Equipments Integrated Disease and Pest Management Vermi-compost, organic farming, including organic plant protection etc Market related information for different crops in the state Farmer support programs being implemented by the MP Govt. Advisory during natural calamities like Drought, Floods etc.KCC is approachable by a toll free number 1800-233-4433 to facilitate calls. Within a year, ISAP hasresolved over 2 Lakh farmers queries from 50 districts of Madhya Pradesh.C om mu ni t y R ad i o S t at io n (K ISAN V ANI S IRONJ : 90.04 FM)ISAP is one of the seven non-governmental organizations, which were allowed first in the country byMin of Information and Broadcasting to set up community radio station. It has set up the radiostation at Sironj block of Vidisha district in Madhya Pradesh.The Radio Station broadcasts every day for four hours, through programmes that involvecommunity.Q U E R Y R E D R E S S S E R V I C E (QRS )ISAP operates a query redress services (QRS) funded by One World South Asia (OWSA). The queriesare received via through telephone in offline mode and responded within 24 hours.USING ICT FOR BRIDGING INFORMATION GAPISAP works with Qualcomm in developing a mobile phone based application for delivery of real timeagriculture information to farmers.C R O P P R O D U C T I V I T Y I M P R O V E M E N T P R O GR A M MEATMA PROJECT IN PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP (PPP)ISAP worked with the Directorate of Farmer Welfare andAgriculture Development, Government of M.P for implementingthe ATMA project in 6 districts under the Public PrivatePartnership Model. Page 2 of 4
  • 3. Key Project activities include- Setting up of Farm Schools, Crop Demonstrations, Kisan Gosthis,farmers trainings and exposure visits etc for development of agriculture in the project districts.SUSTAINABLE YIELD INITIATIVE – PROJECT SHAREUnder this initiative ISAP works with 10,000 Cotton and Maize farmer households in 4 districts i.e.Adilabad, Amravati, Bundi and Bhilwara.To augment the small & marginal farmers’ household income on a sustainable basis throughincreased yield in cotton and cornKey Outcomes  Increased usage of improved seeds,  Inputs, production technology  Good Agricultural Practices  Better Market linkages  Improved lives Soil Testing and Issue of Soil Health Cards with Customized AdvisoryMajor focus is to introduce extension educationinterventions with production technologies(including selected cash inputs), intensive interand multiple cropping systems, infrastructuresupport and value addition initiatives for Farmer Awareness , Training and Capacity buildingadditional employment opportunities.AGRICULTURE EXTENSION PROGRAMMEThis is a two year initiative in Karnataka, where Adaptation to new TechnologiesISAP will work with 3,000 pigeon pea farmerswith an aim to increase yields and farm gaterealization through an integrated interventionbased on improving soil fertility improvement. Backward and Forward Linkages for Value ChainKey Outcomes: Integration Increased Soil Fertility due to adaption of targeted soil nutrient improvement practices Better yields due to adaption of Good Agricultural Practices Better Market linkages thorough value chain development for increased farm gate realizationS K I L L TRAINING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENTISAP imparts training primarily focusing on skill up-gradation, entrepreneurship development anddomain knowledge on commodity futures and trading.CERTIFIED CROP ADVISOR PROGRAMMEISAP has signed a Strategic Partnership with the American Society of Agronomy to offer CertifiedCrop Advisor Programme across India. Page 3 of 4
  • 4. ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (EDP)EDP is being provided to unemployed agriculture and allied sector graduates in 8 states (includingNorth Eastern States) under the aegis of MANAGE. The 60 day module involves,Class room and Practical Training followed by Mentoringsupport for, • DPR’s approved by the Bank • Receiving subsidy from NABARD • Obtain the license for input trade. • Industry Interface • Procurement of technology/ software / machineryKey Outcomes: ISAP has trained over 1600 youths across 9states of which 460 enterprises are successfully runningSKILL UP-GRADATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMSSkill up-gradation and capacity building trainings programmes and farmers awareness camps havebeen undertaken by ISAP to enhance livelihood opportunity among Farmers’, NGOs, women SHGsand rural youths. These training programmes are in the realm of market linkages for farm produces,crop care, storage and warehousing of agri-commodities, rural services – retail, micro-insurance,trading of agro-commodities, food processing.SKILL UP GRADATION TRAINING PROGRAM FOR BPL YOUTH UNDER SGSY (MORD) ISAP has recently started skill up gradation training program for BPL youths under special project of SGSY in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra & Orissa. Total of 5,000 below poverty line (BPL) youth in the age group of 18 - 35 in the above-mentioned states (from villages) will be trained in skills according to the market requirements. The basic objective of the training program would be to equip rural youths with employment and marketable skills to enhance their capacityto secure employment in the organized sector.MARKET LINKAGE PROGRAMISAP fosters market linkages between producer groups, industry buyers and sellers for variousagriculture, horticulture crops and their allied products.F O R F U R T H E R D E T A I L S O N O U R I N T E R V E NT I O N S , C O NT AC T :INDIAN SOCIETY OF AGRIBUSINESS PROFESSIONALS (ISAP)23, Community Centre, Zamrudpur,Kailash Colony Extn. New Delhi - 48Phone: 011-43154100Email - nvramana@isapindia.org , rajeev@isapindia.org , sachin@isapindia.orgVisit us at : www.isapindia.org Page 4 of 4