कृषि प्रौद्योगिकी अनुप्रयोग अनुसंधान संस्थान
Agricultural Technology
Application Research Institute

ICAR-ATARI, ZONE-X, HYDERABAD

Project Description

PKVY a sub-component of Soil Health Management (SHM) scheme under National Mission of Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) aims at development of sustainable models of organic farming through a mix of traditional wisdom and modern science to ensure long term soil fertility buildup, resource conservation and helps in climate change adaptation and mitigation. It primarily aims to increase soil fertility and thereby helps in production of healthy food through organic practices without the use of agro-chemicals.

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Orientiation Training on Organic Farming by ATARI, Hyd

PKVY also aims at empowering farmers through institutional development through clusters approach not only in farm practice management, input production, quality assurance but also in value addition and direct marketing through innovative means. Participatory Guarantee System under PGS-India programme will be the key approach for quality assurances under the PKVY. The farmers will have option to adopt any form of organic farming in compliance of PGS-India standards. While adopting a system it must be ensured that the system adopted is compatible to the area and crop and assures optimum yield and provides adequate measures to manage nutrients, pests and diseases. Farmers will have the flexibility to use appropriate package of practice(s) best suited to their situations.

Objectives:

  1. To promote natural resource based integrated and climate resilient sustainable farming systems that ensure maintenance and increase of soil fertility, natural resource conservation, on-farm nutrient recycling and minimize dependence of farmers on external inputs.
  2. To reduce cost of agriculture to farmers through sustainable integrated organic farming systems thereby enhancing farmer's net income per unit of land.
  3. To sustainably produce chemical free and nutritious food for human consumption
  4. To protect environment from hazardous inorganic chemicals by adoption of eco-friendly low cost traditional techniques and farmer friendly technologies.
  5. To empower farmers through their own institutional development in the form of clusters and group with capacity to manage production, processing, value addition and certification management.
  6. To make farmers entrepreneurs through direct market linkages with local and national markets.

Under ICAR-ATARI , Hyderabad about 45 KVK's are involved covering 37 districts in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry i.e., 16 in Andhra Pradesh, 10 in Telangana and 18 in Tamil Nadu and 1 in Puducherry. Cluster local groups are being formed comprising 20 practitioners covering about 50 acres. All local groups will be registered under near Regional Council. .

Orientation training on Model organic farming by KVKs

A one-day orientation training programme was organized by ICAR-ATARI, Hyderabad on 21st August for the nodal officers of 45 KVKs implementing cluster demonstrations on model organic farming under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) during 2019-20.

Dr.Y.G. Prasad, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Hyderabad outlined that the aim of the training is to bring about awareness on the guidelines of PKVY and Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) for India.

Shri. P.Venugopala Reddy, Chairman, Ekalavya foundation and designated Regional Councils under PGS-India in Telangana while addressing the participants stressed on the need to include the traditional knowledge of farmers while developing organic farming models through cluster approach. Practical training on registration of local groups for certification under PGS-India was demonstrated by the staff of the Regional Council.

Dr.G.V.Ramanjaneyulu, Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) and Regional Council of PGS-India from Telangana complimented the KVKs for the initiative on organic farming and elaborated on the need to choose production protocols to suit the existing agro-ecological situation and resource base of the area by adding science based expertise to traditional knowledge systems of farmers. Special emphasis was laid on certification procedures and tapping of market potential for organic produce.

The training was attended by 45 Heads & Subject Matter Specialists of KVKs in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and coordinated by Dr. A.Bhaskaran and Dr. J.V.Prasad, Principal Scientists, ICAR-ATARI.

State-Wise Achievements during 2019-20

Name of KVK Local group formed Registration completed No. of members in local group formed Area of the local group (acres) No. of Trainings conducted DBT Completed
Cuddalore Yes Yes 15 25 - No
Madurai Yes No - - - -
Padukkottai Yes Yes - - - -
Salem Yes Yes - - - -
Thiruvallur Yes No 20 50 1 No
Tiruchirappalli Yes No - - 1 No
Vellore Yes Yes - - - No
Villuppuram Yes Yes 25 50 1 No
Virudhunagar Yes No - - - -
Kancheepuram Yes Yes 20 50 3 Yes
Namakkal Yes Yes 21 50 4 Yes
Sivaganga Yes Yes - - - -
Coimbatore Yes Yes - - - -
Dindigul No - - - - -
Erode Yes Yes 32 50.5 3 -
Karur Yes Yes - - - Yes
Perambalur Yes Yes 25 50 2 No
Ariyalur Yes No 50 50 4 -
Puducherry No - - - - -