STGSP pilots Agri-Entrepreneur Model in Partnership with Syngenta Foundation India

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Small Tea Growers’ Sustainability Platform (STGSP) is piloting Agri-Entrepreneur (AE) model in partnership with Syngenta Foundation India to provide quality services to small tea growers in an aggregated way, and also provide them market linkage opportunities. This model works towards building capacity at rural level to involve young people in agri-business, while also supporting farmers in the region by providing them access to quality inputs, financial instruments, agronomic advisory, post-harvest management and market linkages.

The AEs are also providing field-level response to support the smallholder farmers. Extending support during the current COVID-19 situation, AEs in Golaghat were subsidizing transport for people in small tea grower communities and were creating awareness among them on  topics such as maintaining personal hygiene and enforcing social distancing as advised by local and national health authorities. Further, the AEs have received vegetable seeds for their kitchen gardens and coconut seedlings from the District Agriculture Department in Golaghat, Assam,  for distribution to 4000 tea growers.

For a roll out in all locations, STGSP will engage local Implementation Partners (IP) who will work in a cluster approach to deliver skill development training to the Agri-Entrepreneurs on agriculture, communication and business skills, through a structured 36-day training program.

By 2022, the platform aims to reach 40,000 small tea growers in the major tea growing regions country – including Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala – and train 400 AEs to work with small tea growers to improve their farm productivity, income diversification and profitability.