Government launches 'Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan' to help farmers raise their income
The government has announced the launch of 'Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan' under which farmers in select villages will be given assistance and advice on ways to improve farming techniques and raise their income.
The Union Ministry of Agriculture and farmers’ welfare has launched the Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan from June 1, 2018 till July 31, 2018 to aid, assist and advice farmers on how to improve their farming techniques and raise their incomes.
The Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan will be undertaken in 25 Villages with more than 1000 population, each in 111 Aspirational Districts identified in consultation with Ministry of Rural Development as per directions of NITI Ayog. In the districts where the number of villages (with more than 1000 population) is less than 25, all villages will be covered.
• An action plan comprising specifically identified activities under various departments of the ministry namely, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW), Animal Husbandry Dairying & Fisheries (DAHD&F) and Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE-ICAR) will be implemented to saturate the chosen 25 villages in each district with these activities.
• The overall coordination and implementation in the 25 villages of a district will be done by Krishi Vigyan Kendra of that district.
• Further, 111 officers have been made in-charge of one district each for overall coordination and field level monitoring.
• The officers have been selected from subordinate/attached/autonomous organisations/PSUs of the Agriculture Ministry.
Following are some of the activities undertaken to promote best practices and enhance agriculture income under this plan:
• Distribution of Soil Health Cards to all farmers
• 100% coverage of bovine vaccination for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in each village
• 100% coverage of Sheep and Goat for eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR )
• Distribution of Mini Kits of pulses and oilseeds to all
• Distribution of Horticulture/Agro Forestry/Bamboo plant at 5 per family(location appropriate)
• Making 100 NADAP Pits in each village
• Artificial insemination saturation
• Demonstration programmes on Micro-irrigation
• Demonstrations of integrated cropping practice
Besides this, demonstration programmes on Micro Irrigation and Integrated Cropping Practice will be organised in order to familiarise the farmers with the latest techniques and how they can be incorporated at the grass root level.
Training programmes will also be conducted in each of the villages by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for bee keeping, mushroom cultivation and kitchen garden. Women participants and farmers will be given preference for the training program.