USEFUL WEBSITES OF AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION http://farmer.gov.in "Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian Economy"- said Mahatma Gandhi six decades ago. Even today, the situation is still the same, with almost the entire economy being sustained by agriculture, which is the mainstay of the villages. Not only the economy, but also every one of us looks up to agriculture for our sustenance too. Indian farmers are second to none in production and productivity inspite of the fact that millions are marginal and small farmers. The farmers took up the challenge to make India self sufficient in food grains and agriculture products. They adopted improved agriculture technology as efficiently as farmers in developed countries without much financial subsidies unlike their counterparts in developed nations. General Insurance Companies empanelled under Crop Insurance Schemes Nationalised Banks / Public-sector banks/Private-sector banks http://agmarknet.nic.in/ The Directorate of Marketing and Inspection (DMI) headed by the Agricultural Marketing Advisor, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC) implements agricultural marketing policies and programmes of the Government of India. It undertakes: • • • • • • • • • • • Market Research and Surveys Market Development Training of personnel in agricultural marketing in the country Promotion of Cold Storages Marketing extension, consumer education etc. Agricultural Marketing Reforms DMI Statistics 2008-2009 DMI Statistics 2009-2010 DMI Statistics 2010-2011 DMI Statistics 2011-2012 NUMBER OF WHOLE SALE, RURAL PRIMARY & REGULATED MARKETS IN INDIA • Confidential Reports http://agroecommerce.com/ Agroecommerce Network Pvt Ltd. (ANPL) is established to promote "Total Quality Agriculture" in the farming sector and to convert farmer as an industrialist, a right with which he has been denied with due to traditional thinking in the sector. Also it has been established with the other objective of meeting the requirements of distribution of agricultural products by providing right realization to the producers/sellers of agroproducts and making the same available to consumers/buyers at the right price. To achieve this, ANPL creates the physical network of farmers through setting up of Krishi Pragati Kendra's at 5 village level and also backward, forward and services integration with the Kendra's. http://www.nabard.org/english/home.aspx MissionPromote sustainable and equitable agriculture and rural prosperity through effective credit support, related services, institution development and other innovative initiatives. In pursuing this mission, NABARD focuses its activities on : • Credit functions, involving preparation of potential-linked credit plans annually for all districts of the country for identification of credit potential, monitoring the flow of ground level rural credit, issuing policy and operational guidelines to rural financing institutions and providing credit facilities to eligible institutions under various programmes. • Development functions, concerning reinforcement of the credit functions and making credit more productive. • Supervisory functions, ensuring the proper functioning of cooperative banks and regional rural banks. Government sponsored schemes http://rkmp.co.in/ The RKMP has several global firsts in terms of comprehensiveness and utility. Built on web 2.0 standards, this portal caters to location specific information needs of many stakeholders through IP based customization on 24X7 bases. Another striking feature of this portal is providing content in local language. The Extension and Farmers domains provide production know how, package of practices, FAQs etc., in English and local languages. In research domain, various services are provided such as AICRIP Intranet, archives of AICRIP data (27000 datasets!), communities of practice (CoP), bio-informatics suite, approach papers, India Rice Research Repository (i3R), status papers on rice for different states etc. http://agropedia.iitk.ac.in/ • agropedia is a vision which seeks to address lacunae in Indian agriculture knowledge and application, specifically the lack of content, organized information, and extension services which are serious challenges. It has developed delivery mechanisms such as vKVK and KVK-Net, which are a means to connect extension scientists and farmers, based on its web platform which hosts information on agriculture and rural livelihood. The web platform,agropedia, is unique in the agricultural domain as it is semantically organized and enabled so as to assist one in getting exactly what information or service she or he is looking for. Along with content in the library section, certified by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (gyan dhara), it also allows space for interaction, knowledge cocreation (jana gyan) and social networking (chat, blog, forum) making the site dynamic and learning participative. • agropedia has developed in two phases- Phase I concentrating on content development and development of the web platform and Phase II on the delivery platform for extension services. http://apagrisnet.gov.in/ http://imd.gov.in/ • To take meteorological observations and to provide current and forecast meteorological information for optimum operation of weathersensitive activities like agriculture, irrigation, shipping, aviation, offshore oil explorations, etc. • To warn against severe weather phenomena like tropical cyclones, norwesters, duststorms, heavy rains and snow, cold and heat waves, etc., which cause destruction of life and property. • To provide meteorological statistics required for agriculture, water resource management, industries, oil exploration and other nationbuilding activities. • To conduct and promote research in meteorology and allied disciplines. • To detect and locate earthquakes and to evaluate seismicity in different parts of the country for development projects. http://villageorganics.in/ • We live in fast-paced 21st century with all comforts and conveniences; there is an increasing concern about health, peace and environment. There is a longing for a sense of community, connecting with nature and experiencing traditional village ambience. • Community Supported Organic farming (CSF) model is gaining popularity world over where members own a portion of land and enjoy healthy organic food, a sense of belonging and a connection with ecofriendly nature. We at Village Organics adapted principles of CSA and added other aspects. The sandalwood cultivation for long term financial benefit, eco-village, health & yoga center and a sense of community. • Village Organics is a group composed of passionate people with diverse, world class education & expertise in Sustainable Organic Agriculture, Sandalwood cultivation, Traditional Knowledge systems, health and eco-village design, etc. We can join together to create a better world today and for the future generations. http://ikisan.com/ • Ikisan is an agricultural portal, a one-stop information resource for Indian farmer. Ikisan provides online, detailed content on crops, crop management techniques, fertilisers & pesticides and a host of other agriculture related material. Latest updates on related markets, products and weather forecasts are also available. • Generic information enriches you with common topics on agriculture like Soils, Seeds, Nutrients, Rural Credit, Insurance, Sprayers, Machinery etc. • Crop Specific Information deals with localised cropwise details. http://www.agriwatch.com/ About Agriwatch • Agriwatch.com is brought to you by Indian Agribusiness Systems Pvt. Ltd. (IASL), a company started by a group of young technocrats and trade professionals who have had a long association (cumulatively more than 150 years) with the Indian Agribusiness Sector. • The agribusiness sector is characterized by multi layered channels on the Agricultural Input and Output side, poor quality of information and analysis about Demand, Supply, Prices, Market Trends for various agri-commodities. The promoters of this organization, coming from an Agricultural background felt the need to address these anomalies in this sector and therefore have come together to create a professional team and an organization to deliver value to the participants at all the levels in this sector. http://commodityindia.com/ Foretell Business Solutions Private Limited, owns “www.CommodityIndia.com”, India's most authentic information and research base on commodities. Foretell, incorporated in 1996, is a Bangalore-based agri-business and commodity research firm. Foretell stands for authenticity, independent and unbiased research and is committed to making client's business more profitable through its relevant products and services.Foretell serves its clients through information and data services, trade / procurement advisory and specific consulting. Foretell also organizes several path-breaking seminars and conferences for the benefit of commodity participants.Professionally competent and committed human resources from diverse background such as Agricultural Economics, Finance, Marketing and Business Management enable us to serve our clients in an exemplary manner. http://agriculturetoday.in/ Agriculture Today is India's premier agriculture magazine which provides the updates of news and analysis on topical issues of national and international importance in agriculture. The magazine also analyses sectoral issues involving biotechnology, farm mechanization, crop protection, horticulture, animal husbandry, food processing, agribusiness, research and extention, high-tech agriculture etc. Agriculture Today is content rich and information driven magazine with its unique style of presentation. http://apeda.gov.in/apedawebsite/index.asp http://fert.nic.in/ Department of Fertilizers comes under the ambit of Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers which is headed by a Cabinet Minister who is assisted by one Minister of State. The main objective of Department of Fertilizers is to ensure adequate and timely availability of fertilizers at affordable prices for maximizing agricultural production in the country. The main activities of this Department in relation to the fertilizer industry are overall sectoral planning and development and regulation of the industry, as well as monitoring of production pricing and distribution of the output. This Department also administers 9 Public Sector Undertaking and one MultiState Co-operative Society. For details of the PSUs, see fertilizers PSUs.