• Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium

    "Society promoted by Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Ministry of
    Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India"

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Information under Section 4 (1) (b) of the Right to Information Act, 2005

1. Organisation and Function

1.1 Particulars of its organisation, functions and duties [Section 4(1)(b)(i)]

(i) Name and address of the Organization:

Small Farmers' Agri-Business Consortium

Head Office

NCUI Auditorium Building,
5th Floor, 3, Siri Institutional Area,
August Kranti Marg, Hauz Khas, New Delhi - 110016.
(T) +91-11- 41060075, 26966017, 26966037
(F) +91-11- 26862367
sfac@nic.in
www.sfacindia.com

Regional Office

Jain Complex, 3rd Floor, G.S. Road,
Near Dispur old Post Office, Guwahati (Assam) -781005.
(T) +91-361-2340337
(F) +91-361-2599113
(E)sfacght@gmail.com

(ii) Head of the organization:

Ms Neelkamal Darbari, IAS Managing Director

(iii) Vision, Mission and Key objectives:

Vision
Promoting Agri-Business by encouraging institutional and private sector investments and linkages to ensure the empowerment of all farmers in the country.

Mission
To link small farmers to technology as well as to the markets in association with private, corporate or cooperative sector and if necessary, by providing backward and forward linkages.

Key Objectives

  • To catalyze agro-industrial growth in the country based on the principles of:
    (a) Ecological sustainability
    (b) Economic efficiency
    (c) Social equity
  • To undertake or assist in undertaking programs for employment generation, growth and diversification of agriculture & agro-based industries to increase food production and export of agriculture products, in both primary and processed forms.
  • To identify and promote post-harvest processing/manufactures units in the public , private and cooperative sector.
  • To promote organization of marketing chain both for domestic and export marketing.
  • To influence Government policies for agriculture, thereby increasing the flow of resources and augmenting the rate of capital formation in agriculture sector.
  • To pave the way for establishment of integrated producers’ organizations with forward and backward linkages.
  • To prepare, print and publish papers, periodicals, monographs in furtherance of the objectives of the society.

(iv) Function and duties:

SFAC in addition to the endeavours complying with its core objectives, also takes up implementation of schemes and programs of various Government of India (GoI), Ministries and Departments and other Financial Institutions and Banks on a service charge basis. The SFAC society is currently implementing the following schemes and programs viz.

The Schematic Pattern of Assistance from SFAC, out of GoI grants-in-aid for promotion of value addition in the hands of farmers, through setting up part-processing, semi-processing and full-processing facilities through the setting up of Agri-business ventures all over the country mostly in collaboration with the private sector and active cooperation of commercial banks

SFAC provides to agribusiness projects involving value addition in the hands of farmers. Most of these projects involve agri-partner and post harvest management, marketing etc.

SFAC is endowed with the task of implementation of National Agriculture Market by setting up of an appropriate common e-market platform through private partnership that would be deployable in selected regulated wholesale markets in State/wholesale markets in States/Union Territories (UT) desirous of joining the e-platform.

SFAC has been identified as central procurement agency by GoI for price stabilization of onion and pulses under Price Stabilization Fund.

(v) Organization Chart: Annexure 1

vi) Any other details-the genesis, inception, formation of the department and the HoDs from time to time as well as the committees/Commissions constituted from time to time have been dealt:

1.2 Power and duties of its officers and employees [Section 4(1) (b)(ii)]

Realizing the prevailing need for creating a conducive environment for generating rural employment and enhancing farmers income, the then Hon’ble Finance Minister announced the decision of Government of India’s new initiative for setting up of Small Farmer’s Agri-business Consortium in his budget speech for the year 1992-93 in the following words:

  “Special attention needs to be paid to supporting innovative ideas for generating income and employment in rural areas through support to various types of agri-business”.

The setting up of the Small Farmer’s Agri-business Consortium (SFAC) in 1994 was sequel to the above announcement for bringing about and facilitating a farm-focus growth through new ventures in agro-based industries. SFAC has emerged as a Developmental Institution with its core aims and objectives focused on increased production and productivity, value addition, provision of efficient linkages between producers and consumers. SFAC deals with agriculture in its wider connotation, including fisheries and horticulture.

SFAC has been envisaged as a catalytic/facilitating agency to promote agri-business activities. After looking into the various options in regard to the legal form of this organization, Planning Commission decided that appropriate organizational form of SFAC would be a Society to be registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860. Accordingly, it was considered appropriate by the Government of India to register it as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, promoted initially by Government of India and Banks. Thereafter, SFAC was registered as a Society on 18th January, 1994 and is functioning as a Developmental Institution under the aegis of Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. During the year 2006-07, the total membership corpus of SFAC stood at Rs. 10.95 crore. The above Corpus was contributed by the Promoter Members, Primary Members and Associate Members.
Work allocation

1.3 Procedure followed in decision making process Section 4(1)(b)(iii)]

As per Memorandum of Association Articles of Association and Bye-Laws (Revised) 2007 please see Annexure -2

1.4 Norms for discharge of functions [Section 4(1)(b)(iv)]

As per Memorandum of Association Articles of Association and Bye-Laws (Revised) 2007 please see Annexure -2

1.5 Rules, regulations, instructions manual and records for discharging functions [Section 4(1)(b)(v)]

As per Memorandum of Association Articles of Association and Bye-Laws (Revised) 2007 please see Annexure -2

1.6 Categories of documents held by the authority under its control [Section 4(1)(b) (vi)]

As per Memorandum of Association Articles of Association and Bye-Laws (Revised) 2007 please see Annexure -2

1.7 Boards, Councils, Committees and other Bodies constituted as part of the Public Authority Section 4(1)(b)(viii)]

As per Memorandum of Association Articles of Association and Bye-Laws (Revised) 2007 please see Annexure -2

1.8 Directory of officers and employees [Section 4(1) (b) (ix)]

Please see the Website

1.9 Monthly Remuneration received by officers & employees including system of compensation [Section 4(1) (b) (x)]

Please see Annexure -3

1.10 Name, designation and other particulars of public information officers [Section 4(1) (b) (xvi)]

Please see the Website

1.11 No. Of employees against whom Disciplinary action has been proposed/ taken (Section 4(2))

Nil

1.12 Programmes to advance understanding of RTI (Section 26)

The concerned officials will be deputed to attend training conducted by ISTM.

1.13 Transfer policy and transfer orders [F No. 1/6/2011- IR dt. 15.4.2013]

No transfer policy is formulated. All posts are through deputation for fixed period.

2. Budget and Programme

2.1 Budget allocated to each agency including all plans, proposed expenditure and reports on disbursements made etc. [Section 4(1)(b)(xi)]

A statement on the budget allocation to SFAC under various schemes for the year 2018-19 is at Annexure -4

Particulars of disbursement are in the Annual Accounts Report available on SFAC website http://sfacindia.com icon Corporate Info, sub icon Annual Report

2.2 Foreign and domestic tours (F.No. 1/8/2012- IR dt. 11.9.2012)

There is no such provision

2.3 Manner of execution of subsidy programme [Section 4(i)(b)(xii)]

As per the pattern of Financial Assistance in the following Schemes of SFAC which may be seen on the SFAC website.
1. Venture Capital Assistance Scheme (VCAs)
2. Farmers Producers Organisations (FPOs)
3. Equity Grant and Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme (EGCGFs)

2.4 Discretionary and non-discretionary grants [F. No. 1/6/2011-IR dt. 15.04.2013]

Not applicable

2.5 Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits of authorizations granted by the public authority [Section 4(1) (b) (xiii)]

Nil

3. Publicity Band Public interface

3.1 Particulars for any arrangement for consultation with or representation by the members of the public in relation to the formulation of policy or implementation there of [Section 4(1)(b)(vii)] [F No 1/6/2011-IR dt. 15.04.2013]

Nil

3.2 Are the details of policies / decisions, which affect public, informed to them [Section 4(1) (c)]

Yes

3.3 Dissemination of information widely and in such form and manner which is easily accessible to the public [Section 4(3)]

Yes Internet (website) http://sfacindia.com

Form of accessibility of information manual/ handbook [Section 4(1)(b)]

SFAC website

3.4 Whether information manual/ handbook available free of cost or not [Section 4(1)(b)]

All information through SFAC website only as there are no Information Manual/handbook our main manual is Memorandum of Association Articles of Association and Bye-Laws yearly annual report of the previous years of SFAC is available on the website.

4. e-Governance

4.1 Language in which Information Manual/Handbook Available [F No. 1/6/2011-IR dt. 15.4.2013]

In English through website only – Scheme guidelines available in both English & Hindi

4.2 When was the information Manual/Handbook last updated? [F No. 1/6/2011-IR dt 15.4.2013]

Bye-Laws, 1999
Bye-Laws, 2007 (as amended, 2014)

4.3 Information available in electronic form [Section 4(1)(b)(xiv)]

1. Annual report of SFAC 2016-17
2. Venture Capital Assistance Scheme (VCAs)
3. Farmers Producers Organisations (FPOs)
4. Equity Grant and Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme (EGCGFs)

4.4 Particulars of facilities available to citizen for obtaining information [Section4(1)(b)(xv)]

SFAC website (query option available)

4.5 Such other information as may be prescribed under section 4(i) (b)(xvii)

SFAC has an online system for public grievance and their redressal.

4.6 Receipt & Disposal of RTI applications & appeals [F.No 1/6/2011-IR dt. 15.04.2013]

It is followed as per the procedure both manual and online.

4.7 Replies to questions asked in the parliament [Section 4(1)(d)(2)]

4.7 Replies to questions asked in the parliament [Section 4(1)(d)(2)]

5.1 Such other information as may be prescribed [F.No. 1/2/2016-IR dt. 17.8.2016, F No. 1/6/2011-IR dt. 15.4.2013]

Central Public Information Officers (CPIOs)/Appellate Authorities

(A) CPIO Name Designation Office Address LL & Mobile No. Email I/D
1 Dr. Sumathi S. Deputy Director (Admn.) SFAC, 3, Siri Institutional Area, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016. 011-26966017 Ext.116 9971819516 sumathi.vashist@gmail.com
(B) First Appellate Authority
1 Sh. B. J. Brahma Director SFAC, 3, Siri Institutional Area, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016. 49576029 9990893473 sfac@nic.in

6. Information Disclosed on own Initiative

6.1 Item / information disclosed so that public have minimum resort to use of RTI Act to obtain information

All the relevant documents are available on SFAC website http://sfacindia.com and timely updated.

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