National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) is a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary network project launched by ICAR in 2011 which aims to build resilience in Indian agriculture to climate change and climate variability through strategic research and technology demonstrations. To enhance the resilience of Indian agriculture covering crops, livestock and fisheries to climatic variability and climate change through development and application of improved production and risk management technologies
Agriculture need to be made more profitable to create interest and confidence among rural youth and retain them in agriculture. Rural youth are migrating to urban areas in search of jobs and on the other hand, small holdings are on the rise which poses challenge to food security for increasing population. A comprehensive model for the development of rural youth,particularly agricultural youth, was developed by ICAR to ensure food security of the country and initiated a programme on "Attracting and Retaining of Youth in Agriculture (ARYA)".
Eighty skill training programmes ( including 3 revalidated from 2017-18) under Agricultural Skill Council of India (ASCI) were coordinated by ATARI during 2018-19 with the participation of 35 KVKs, three ICAR institutes (IIOPR- Pedavegi, IIRR- Hyderabad and CIBA-Chennai) and one agricultural university (PJTSAU, Hyderabad). The trainers of the ASCI skill training programmes underwent "Training of trainers (TOT)" during 25-27 September, 2018 at PJTSAU , Hyderabad and 17-19, December at ICAR-ATARI, Kanpur to gain platform and domain skills and to get certified by the assessors of ASCI.
In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and ICAR for setting up of District AgroMet Units. Orientation training for KVK scientists on preparation and dissemination of agromet advisory services to farmers was held during 1-2 August 2018 at ICAR-ATARI, Hyderabad. This training was imparted to 24 nodal officers of District Agromet Units (DAMUs) to be established at KVKs as part of IMD-ICAR collaboration for implementation of Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS).
The Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) was implemented by 10 KVKs in zone x during 2018-19, 6 from Andhra Pradesh ( Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam (BCT), Visakhapatnam (Kondempudi), West Godavari (V.R.Gudem), East Godavari ( Pandirimamidi) and Prakasam (Darsi)) and 4 from the state of Telangana ( Adilabad, Nalgonda (Kampasagar), Khammam (Wyra) and Kothagudem). The activities of the KVKs implementing TSP have been covered under four major thematic areas viz., Agri-service center, Micro-enterprises and Skill development training and aim at bridging the gap in socio-economic development between tribal farmers and others.
The Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav-MGMG (My Village My Pride) scheme was launched by the Hon'ble Prime minister on 25 July, 2015 on the occasion of the 87 Foundation Day of ICAR at Patna. It is an innovative initiative, which was planned to promote the direct interface of scientists with the farmers to speed-up the lab to land process. The objective of this scheme is to provide farmers with required information, knowledge and advisories on regular basis by adopting villages by group of scientists constituted at the institute and university level. From its beginning, MGMG is implemented with zeal and enthusiasm by the scientific community.
Cluster frontline demonstration is a unique approach by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research on Oilseed and Pulse crops to provide a direct interface between scientists and farmers where farmers are guided by the KVK scientists during demonstrations in implementation of improved technologies like seed treatment, IPM, INM, land preparation etc.To achieve the targeted production the government of India has initiated Cluster Front Line demonstrations on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP).
Cluster frontline demonstration is a unique approach by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research on Oilseed and Pulse crops to provide a direct interface between scientists and farmers where farmers are guided by the KVK scientists during demonstrations in implementation of improved technologies like seed treatment, IPM, INM, land preparation etc . Demonstrated fields are regularly monitored by the scientists. Cluster Frontline Demonstration project started since 2015-16 under NFSM and NMOOP.
The seed hub programme was initiated in 2016-17.To ensure the availability of new seed varities in Pulses.Production of quality seeds of Pulse crops.A financial outlay of Rs 150 lakhs per kvk involving 12 KVKs of ICAR ATARI zone 10 under NFSM programme. Of which Rs 50 lakhs was meant for infrastructure development including seed storage and processing plant and Rs 100 lakhs was towards revolving fund.During the year 2016-17, 8 KVKs of Maharashtra, 4 KVKs from Andhra Pradesh and 2 from Telangana state were involved under the project.
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.
Government of India has launched Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA)-A water conservation campaign in the country from 1st July, 2019 for creating awareness among all stake holders including farmers on water conservation and rainwater harvesting. The main objective of the programme is increasing the water use efficiency in various sub-sectors of agriculture including cultivation of field crops, horticulture crops, animal husbandry and other allied subsidiary occupations.