The Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) are engaging farmers in conduct of On-Farm Trials (OFTs) of newly developed technologies on their farms for their on field assessment in comparison to farmers’ practices. These OFTs are jointly managed by farmers and Subject Matter Specialists of KVKs to scientifically assess the location specificity and suitability of such technologies. Some of the progressive farmers also come up with new ideas, innovations and practices while facing challenges during their work in fields for raising crops and rearing livestock. The KVKs also document such farmers’ innovations by organizing Farm Innovators Workshops. Besides, as part of KVK scheme, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has also launched a Farmer First Programme (FFP) aiming at enhancing farmers-scientists interface for technology assemblage and its application in farmers’ fields.
The total amount of Rs. 1,653.6 lakhs was allocated to KVKs for conducting FFP centres for application of technology modules in farmers’ fields in 2016-17. It has surged by 20.25% to Rs. 1,988.51 lakhs during 2017-18 above 2016-17. Out of total allocation of Rs. 1,653.6 lakhs in 2016-17, Rs. 480.32 lakhs (29.05%) was allocated as capital and Rs. 1,173.28 lakhs (70.95%) was allocated as general. We have seen annual decline of -29.6% in total allocation of funds to KVKs for conducting FFP centres for application of technology modules in farmers’ fields during 2018-19 against 2017-18. The funds allocated to KVKs for conducting FFP centres for application of technology modules in farmers’ fields was Rs. 1,050 lakhs during 2019-20, down by -25% versus Rs. 1,400 lakhs during 2018-19. Out of total allocation of Rs. 1,050 lakhs in 2019-20, Rs. 150 lakhs (14.29%) was allocated as capital and Rs. 900 lakhs (85.71%) was allocated as general.
Note: Source: RAJYA SABHA SESSION – 250 STARRED QUESTION NO. 205; Data figures are in Rs. Lakhs; FFP: Farmer First Programme.
Resource Title: Funds Allocated to FFP Centres for Application of Technology Modules in Farmers Fields from 2016-17 to 2019-20 (From: Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare)