A step towards integrated farming for improving livelihood of Tribal farmers
ICAR-National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Baramati has organised programmes related to integrated farming for livelihood improvement of tribal farmers as part of Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) on 13-14 May 2017 at Navapur and Nandurbar. Hon’ble Member of Parliament from the Nandurbar constituency Dr Heena Gavit addressed more than 700 farmers and appreciated the work done by ICAR-NIASM at Nandurbar District in the field of implementation of improved technology interventions in integrated farming, which led to higher production/marketable yield of rice, sugarcane, onion, banana, baby corn, milk, and fish. She also asked farmers to follow soil health cards based fertilizers recommendations, disseminated by the Institute. Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly of Nandurbar, Dr Vijaykumar Gavit, has applauded ICAR-NIASM for distribution of inputs for livelihood improvement of Tribal farmers of various villages of Nandurbar District as part of TSP and urged the farmers for making use of these inputs for integrated farming. Dr NP Singh, Director, ICAR-NIASM has appreciated farmers for adopting integrated farming in terms of field & horticulture crops, dairy, poultry & fish farming, integrated agri-aquaculture and urged tribal farmers to take up additional farming activities, improved technology interventions in Goat farming as backyard enterprise and dragon fruit cultivation as kitchen gardening. He asked the farmers to make use of training programmes and exposure visits related “Four point rice production technology”, “Water efficient crop production technology in sugarcane”, “Micro-irrigation systems”, “Precision farming”, “Seed production and cultivation of high yielding late kharif and rabi onion varieties with better storage”, “Cultivation of virus free tissue culture banana plants and suckers”, “High yielding dairy & Backyard poultry farming”, “Nutritional management in livestock and fisheries”, “Farm pond preparation”, “Integrated agri-aquaculture, organized by ICAR-NIASM. Dr K K Krishnani, Chairman-TSP implementation Committee briefed about TSP program of the Institute on the activities related to successful implementation of improved technology interventions in integrated farming, soil health assessment/cards based fertilizers recommendation, inputs distributed and training programmes/exposure visits/field day conducted. Dr NP Kurade, member-TSP implementation committee, described the advantages of having backyard poultry farming, apart from dairy and subsequently, distribution of inputs to tribal farmers was facilitated.