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Customized Farmers’ Training & Extension and Online Agriculture Monitoring through Application of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) at Block Level in Uttar Pradesh.

Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Agriculture & Cooperation, Government of India by which States are offered incentives for increasing investments in agriculture and allied sectors by a 100 percent grant for attaining a growth rate of more than 4 percent in agriculture.

“Customized Farmers’ Training & Extension and Online Agriculture Monitoring through Application of Information & Communication Technology (ICT)” is one of the innovative interventions under RKVY. AFC was awarded the task of implementation of above project in 45 blocks by the Department of Agriculture, Government of Uttar Pradesh during the year 2007-08. This intervention has since been extended to another 225 blocks during 2008-09.

The mission of the project is to increase the farm productivity, profitability and sustainability of farming systems, efficient use of natural resources and agricultural inputs etc. by customized farmers’ trainings at village cluster level in selected blocks as per their needs and aspirations and also to provide online information on weather parameters, demand and use of agricultural inputs and market intelligence.

Besides, risk assessment and establishing quick alert system for benefit of stakeholders and for management of crop production support system by the line departments, yield assessment, expected gluts and shortfall in crop production are the other components of the project. All these activities are to be undertaken by innovative use of ICT applications.

 

Implementation of DFID funded Western Orissa Rural Livelihood Project (WORLP) – Watershed Development Mission, Govt. Of Orissa – 2005-2010.

This project is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), Government of United Kingdom. It is being implemented in the Nuapada, Bolangir, Kalahandi and Bargarh districts of Orissa. These districts are among the poorest in India with nearly 70 per cent of the population living below the official poverty line, having high illiteracy rates, poor health indicators, shortage of safe drinking water, lack of sanitation, poor infrastructure, natural calamities, inequitable social structures, indebtedness, gender and other inequities. WORLP project design emphasises livelihood support along with Natural Resources Management on a watershed basis. AFC was initially selected as the Project Implementing Agency (PIA) for WORLP project for the Bhavanipattana block of Kalahandi district comprising a watershed area of 5000 ha covering 26 villages in three gram panchayats.

AFC’s staff consisted of Watershed Development Team members and Livelihood Support Team. The processes followed are:

  • Delineation of watersheds,
  • Awareness campaigns,
  • Base line surveys,
  • Participatory Rural Appraisal, community wealth ranking & transect walk,
  • Identification of existing groups/SHG’s, Identification of new SHG’s,
  • Capacity building of all groups, Exposure visits of groups,
  • Identification of entry point activity,
  • Preparation of PRA based micro level plan and annual action plan along with identifying user groups to implement the plan.

After assessing AFC’s watershed implementation programme at Bhavanipattana, the State Level Steering Committee for WORLP, assigned a second watershed project in Sohela block of Bargarh district to AFC for implementation in the month of March 2006. The project area covers 17 villages having an area of 5000 ha.

The projects are of five years duration and the implementation would be completed in 2010.

Capacity Building for Promotion of IGA under SUJALA project