Proven technologies of Acharya N.G. Ranga Agriculture University to double the income of dryland farmers of Andhra Pradesh

Prasad Babu, G and Ganesh Kumar, p. and Sudheer, M.J. and Vijayabhinandana, B. (2017) Proven technologies of Acharya N.G. Ranga Agriculture University to double the income of dryland farmers of Andhra Pradesh. Bulletin of Environment, Pharmacology and Life Sciences, 6 (1 Spl). pp. 32-37.

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Honourable Prime Minister of India while addressing a farmer’s rally in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh on 28th February, 2016 shared his vision on Doubling of Farmers Income by the time the nation celebrates her 75 years of Independence in the year 2022 by taking 2014-15 year income as base year. He has envisioned seven-point strategy to double the famers’ income. 1) Focus on Irrigation with “Per Drop, More Crop” 2) Provision of quality seeds and nutrients based on soil health cards of each field 3) Large investments in warehousing and cold chains to prevent/minimize post-harvest crop losses. 4) Value addition through food processing. 5) Creation of a national agricultural market, removing distortions and e-platform across 585 markets. 6) New revolutionary crop insurance scheme to mitigate risks at affordable cost. New crop insurance schemes – Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana-Minimum Premium and Maximum Security. 7) Promotion of ancillary activities- poultry, sericulture, beekeeping and fisheries (Report of the first state coordination committee meeting). By keeping this in view Acharya N.G.Ranga Agriculture University, Guntur has taken many initiatives which have given fruitful results in this direction. Most important initiatives among them are 1) promotion of cost reduction technologies like seed treatment, use of own seed, soil test based fertilizer application, ICM, use of machine operated farm improved farm implements etc. 2) Entrepreneurship development through value addition to millets, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables. 3) Promotion of Integrated Farming System (IFS) in place of monocropping system by integrating livestock, sheep, goat, poultry components to agriculture. 4) Farm mechanization- use of improved tools, implements, equipments both bullock and tractor operated were developed to reduce the cost of cultivation and to overcome labour shortage. 5) Promotion of Farmers Producers organizations (FPOs) – strength lies in unity, to improve the bargaining power of farmers they need to be united 6) Use of ICT in agriculture to get farmers problems solved on real time basis through WhatsApp groups, online sale of produce to get remunerative price etc. 7) Crop diversification – instead of growing high risk crops farmers should practice growing of. 8) Demonstration of dryland technologies to overcome the drought conditions. 9) Use of innovative extension methods to reach information to the farmers without communication gap etc. and 10) Promotion of contingency crop planning incase of occurrence of drought are some of the proven technologies adopted by the University to double the farmers income by 2022. Keywords: dryland, FPOs, IPO

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dryland, FPOs, IPO
Author Affiliation: Deputy Director of Extension, Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University, Andhra Pradesh
Subjects: Drylands
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr T L Gautham
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2018 04:46
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2018 04:46

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