SeSTA’s envisions an empowered Northeast India wherein there exists a vibrant civil society eco-system, skilling the youth, women led community institutions like FPOs and State Rural Livelihood Missions (SRLMs).
Partnering Civil Society Organizations
SeSTA partners with various CSOs in the NE to build their capacity on Organizational Development, Community Cadre and Self Help Groups systems and processes. Other areas of support are Family Based Livelihoods Planning (FBLP), INRM planning, streamlining and introduction of standardized modules and Packages of Practices for livelihoods enhancement.
Strengthening of FPOs
The major focus areas are planning and working on business model of FPOs, leveraging finance, assisting in functional linkages, governance, and inculcating effective training in accounts and management. Another critical aspect is inclusion of female members in the FPOs, given that these institutions tend to be male-dominated.
SeSTA basically supports these FPOs by:
- Strengthening their Governing body through training and exposure.
- Income enhancement of significant number of families by providing technical support for livelihood enhancement.
- Promoting organic and sustainable cultivation.
- Diversification to other products and services like crop insurance, farm mechanization.
- Increasing the membership base as well as mobilizing women SHG members into the FPOs.
- Assistance in providing small working capital to each FPO.
- Leveraging finances from Banks, NABARD, SFAC.
- Linkages with other FPOs, traders and marketing institutions
Birangana Mahila Producer Company :
Birangana Mahila Producer Company Ltd. is registered as a producer company under the Indian Company Act 2013; The Company was incorporated on 6 th October 2017 at Boitamari, Bongaigaon Assam. The corporate identity number of the company is U01820AS2017PTC018179.The Company presently has 10 members in its Board, who are primary producers. The Company has 2000 primary members and has immediate target of catering services to these farmers and have a target of reaching 5000 farmers. The FPC have an objective of organizing producers for any of the objective like providing effective agriculture extension services to farmers, developing processes and systems for collecting, processing, value addition and marketing and so on. The FPO would involve several functions for effective work like hiring and retaining staff, raising capital including working capital, increasing the capacity of staff and board members understanding value chains for effective intervention etc. They are meant mainly to help the farmers’ access mainstream markets and earn profits in a sustained manner.The FPC have an objective of organizing producers for any of the objective like providing effective agriculture extension services to farmers, developing processes and systems for collecting, processing, value addition and marketing and so on. The FPO would involve several functions for effective work like hiring and retaining staff, raising capital including working capital, increasing the capacity of staff and board members understanding value chains for effective intervention etc. They are meant mainly to help the farmers’ access mainstream markets and earn profits in a sustained manner.
Sangamitra Mahila Producer’s Company
Sangamitra Mahila Producer’s Company is an association of Mahila Kishans in Borobazar Block of Chirang District of Assam registedered under Company’s Act 2013. The company is currently working with 5 VCDCs, 22 VOs, and 1000 families. The company is actively working with women collectives through Self Help Group promoting capacity building. The company is working for sustainable agricultural. The main objective of the company is to empower Mahila Kishan through their active participation. There are 5 directors in the comapny, 5 board members. A total of 1000 shareholders have purchased shares in the company. The newly incorporated company has come up with a business plan according to which 5 products will be sold through the company. These are:
- Areca Nut
The shareholders will sell their products in the company and those will be supplied to big markets hence these marginal women farmers will thus be able benefit more. This will allow them to participate more actively in the market sitting in their own region. For future to streamline more Mahila Kishans will be grouped as Producer’s Group and they will according to their availability of resources and choice must supply any of the above-mentioned items.
Srijoni Mahila Farmer Producer Company Limited
Srijoni Mahila Farmer Producer Company Limited is a woman led Farmer Producer Company which have been registered on 17th August 2020 under the Companies Act, 1956. The CIN number of the company is U01111AS2020PTC020329. The company will benefit the women farmers in accessing the market facilities directly. The women collectives who have established themselves as equal contributor in the farming will be benefitted. The Srijoni Mahila Farmer Producer Company points out the women collectives who have been engaged in agricultural as well as allied activities. It aims to raise Quality Planting Material through decentralized and centralized nurseries in partnership with entrepreneurs and Lead Farmers and to set up procurement centres in villages under the management of entrepreneurs, take on lease, rent and manage these centres and other warehouses, godowns, and other buildings and undertaking necessary to carry on the business of the company and carry out the objectives.
Chirang Rural Women Agricultural Producer Company Limited
Chirang Rural Women Agricultural Producer Company Ltd is registered as a producer company under the Indian Company Act 2013; The Company was incorporated on 15th November 2017 at Sidli Bongaigaon Assam. The corporate identity number of the company is UO1100AS2017PTC018225. The Company has 1875 primary members and has immediate target of catering services to these farmers and have a target of reaching 3000 farmers. The primary objective of the FPC is to engage in the business of agriculture and livestock through collectivization of input, output and production activities. And to carry on the business of production, post harvesting, procuring, grading, pooling, processing, preserving, drying, handling, marketing, and selling of agri produce.
It has an idea to render technical services, transfer new technologies, organize and attend training programmes on related subjects, and all other activities for the promotion of the interests of its members for production, procurement, marketing and other activities.
Collaboration with State Rural Livelihood Missions (SRLMs)
SeSTA is a direct implementation partner of SRLM in Assam and Tripura. Recognizing the innovativeness of SeSTA’s engagement, State Rural Livelihoods Missions in Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have the organization as technical partner to support the SRLM livelihoods work in their respective states. SeSTA will facilitate the designing of modules and engagement with Community Cadres and SRLM staff in these states.
Engagement with Youth
SeSTA engages with youth to:
- Training them on improved agriculture so that agriculture can be one remunerative livelihood option.
- Training girls on sewing, knitting, embroidery.
- Training a cadre of youths as para-vets with on- job assistance from experienced veterinary practitioners coupled with in-house trainings.
- Imparting computer education