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1. Project for Women managed Agricultural Enterprises

Under the project, training programmes on Fruit Production technology, Vegetable Production technology and Medicinal Plants cultivation Technology were organized. 180 women beneficiaries were trained under the programme. Many of the trained women had started fruit and vegetable cultivation. As a follow up of the training programme on Medicinal Plants, planting materials of 9 species of medicinal plants (viz. Adapathiyan, Thippali, Shatavari, Chittaratha, Sarpagandhi, Nagadanthi, Koduveli, Palmuthaku, Pathimugham) costing Rs. 12,500/- were supplied. The planting materials were supplied by M/s. Nagarjuna Research Foundation, Thodupuzha. The Agency has agreed to buyback the produce.

2. Training on Homemade Chocolate Making

A technology for manufacture of chocolates using low cost machinery has been developed by Kerala Agricultural University ( KAU). SFAC intervened to train interested women on home made chocolate making based on the technology developed by KAU. Sanction has been accorded for establishment of 3 Chocolate processing units by the trained women in the districts of Palakkad, Thrissur and Ernakulam. SFAC is extending assistance in the form of working capital and support to capital cost subject to a maximum of Rs 50000/- per unit.

In Thrissur the group under the leadership of Smt. C.D. Jancy has established the chocolate unit in Guruvayoor. The Chocolate produced are sold under the brand name, Real Dreams. In Ernakulam the unit is being established by M/s SEVASHRAM, an NGO availing credit from State Bank of India, Angamali Branch. In Palakkad establishment of the unit is under progress.

3. Project for Coconut based Micro-enterprises
SFAC in collaboration with a Joint Committee of Panchayaths of Perumkadavila Block Panchayath and Perumkadavila and Kunnathukal Grama Panchayaths is implementing a project for setting up units for manufacture of Coconut Shell powder and coconut vinegar in Perumkadavila Panchayath in Thiruvananthapuram district through SHGs. An amount of Rs 4.05 lakhs has been sanctioned for the setting up of the units. SFAC is extending assistance to the tune of 25% of project cost. Institutional finance is also being arranged for the project. The implementing agency has been asked to revise the project as some of the components has been found to be infeasible. The scheme will be reviewed and revised appropriately.

4. SFAC Volunteer Scheme
SFAC has formulated this unique scheme for augmenting the reach of SFAC functioning at the grassroots level to the farming community. The scheme proposes to utilize the voluntary services of retired officers with rich expertise interested in rural welfare. The scheme is being implemented on a pilot basis in Wayanad district of the state. 20 Volunteers have been identified. Under the scheme a Project for promotion of cultivation of Pathimugham- Caesalpinia sappan ( a medicinal and dye yielding plant) has been sanctioned and is under implementation in two panchayaths viz. Noolpuzha and Sulthan Bathery.

5. Project for Production of Agarbathies

SFAC is implementing a project for manufacture of raw agarbathies in Pattanakkad Panchayath in Alappuzha district with the involvement of women groups. 4 groups of 25 women each have been trained under the project. Raw materials for the manufacture of the Agarbathies were arranged by the Cycle Brand Company. The buy back of the produce could not be effected due to problems in central sale tax registration. As a temporary measure the beneficiaries have been directed to produce scented agarbathies out of the raw agarbathies using the funds placed at the disposal of the Agricultural Office, Krishi Bhavan, Pattanakkad.

6. Training Programme on Manufacture of Jackfruit Products
As part of SFAC’s initiative in the area of technology transfer, a one-week training programme for a group of 10 women was organized from 20 April 2004 to 24 April 2004, on manufacture of Jackfruit products. The faculty support was provided by Department of Home Science, Kerala Agricultural University, Vellayani. The training programme was organized in collaboration with Sevashram, a reputed NGO functioning in Ernakulam district. As a follow up of the Training programme it is proposed to establish a Jackfruit processing facility for which an amount of Rs 44,347/- has been sanctioned to M/s. SEVASRAM. The establishment of the unit is under progress.

7. A Gender Cell to support Women in Agriculture

SFAC is implementing a number of programmes for women. Implementation of women programmes with the aim of women empowerment is a priority item in the Agenda of SFAC. A “Gender Cell” has been constituted in the SFAC to collect and compile literature and database pertaining to women in Agriculture and also to offer technical and entrepreneurial guidance to women who seek such assistance from SFAC.

8. Establishment of Composite Community Nursery

A programme has been sanctioned for implementation in Kottayam District for establishment of a community nursery with involvement of 19 SHGs. It is intended to produce planting materials of fruit plants, vegetables, spices and other commercial crops, and medicinal and aromatic plants. The programme is coordinated by the NGO, Kurichithanam Development Society availing bank credit. SFAC is supporting 25 % of the project cost. An amount of Rs 79,375/- was sanctioned by the Governing Body. As the bank loan for the project has not been sanctioned, the assistance has not been released.

9. Medicinal Plants Programme

SFAC has organized 4 Training programmes on Medicinal Plants Cultivation in Thiruvananthapuram District with participation of 100 farmers in collaboration with the NGO, Indira Gandhi Charitable Foundation. The total project cost is Rs. 33,800/- As part of the training programmes, the trainees were taken to field visit to the Ayurvedic Botanical garden, Poojappura. The trainees are highly motivated to take up medicinal plants cultivation.

10. Agribusiness Project Development through SFAC Venture Capital

Small Farmer's Agribusiness Consortium, New Delhi (Central SFAC) has a formulated a new programme to provide Venture Capital assistance to aggressively promote agribusiness projects primarily through producer groups and organizations in the country.

The primary objective of the programme is help promote investments in agribusiness enterprises which in turn will lead to increased rural employment, rural income and will develop market supply linkages between producers and buyers. The thrust of the programme will be on value addition to the agricultural produces and developing market linkages.