Cabinet approves continuation of Krishi Vigyan Kendras
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education for continuation / strengthening 669 KVKs until 2020.
- The financial outlay for the KVK Scheme for 2017-20 shall be of Rs 2,82,400.72 lakh.
The special programmes which shall be initiated through the KVK Scheme are:
- A Network Project on New Extension Methodologies and Approaches; Nutri-sensitive Agricultural Resources and Innovations (NARI);
- programs tilted Knowledge Systems and Homestead Agriculture Management in Tribal Areas (KSHAMTA),
- Value Addition and Technology Incubation Centres in Agriculture (VATICA),
- Farm Innovation Resource Management (FIRM) and
- Establishment of Agricultural Technology Information Centre.
- The KVK scheme is functioning on 100% Central funding pattern under the ambit of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE).
- The activities include on-farm testing of technologies and demonstrations, capacity development of farmers and extension personnel, functioning as a knowledge and resource centre of agricultural technologies, providing farm advisories using ICT and other media means on varied subjects of interest to farmers.
- In addition, KVKs produce quality technological products (seed, planting material, bio-agents, and livestock) and make it available to farmers; organize frontline extension activities; identify and document selected farm innovations; and ensure convergence with ongoing schemes and programmes.
Cabinet approves continuation of Nutrient Based Subsidy and City Compost Scheme
- Continuation of Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) and City Compost Scheme has been approved by CCEA for a period of beyond 12thFive Year plan till 2019-20.
- The total expenditure for continuation of both the schemes till 2019-20 will be Rs. 61,972 crore.
- The continuation of the Nutrient Based Subsidy Scheme and City Compost Scheme will ensure that adequate quantity of P&K is made available to the farmers at statutory controlled price.
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