The State government has, in collaboration with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), launched an ambitious project, Suvarna Krishi Grama Yojane, in 105 villages in the first phase to increase the income of farmers by at least 20 per cent in one year through augmented productivity, diversification and market linkages.
According to sources in ICRISAT, based at Pattancheru on the outskirts of Hyderabad in Telangana State, the ultimate aim of the project was to cover at least 1,000 villages in the State. The new initiative by the Karnataka Government and ICRISAT would ensure a big transformation in the life of the farming community and help achieve the objective of increasing agricultural productivity.
By actively involving the community in the scheme, officials in the ICRISAT said, the objective was to transform villages by developing an impact-oriented participatory model using state-of-the-art technologies.
This model can be scaled up for more integrated and sustainable rural development in the State in phases. A comprehensive approach will be taken by promoting Inclusive Market Oriented Development (IMOD).
Source : The Hindu