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Current Projects
1. NAIP Project
Livelihood and Nutritional Security of Tribal Dominated Areas through Integrated Farming System and Technology Models:
National Agriculture Innovative Project (NAIP) facilitates accelerated and sustainable transformation of Indian agriculture in support of poverty alleviation and income generation through collaborative development and application of agricultural innovation by the public research organizations in partnership with the farmer’s groups, the private sector, the civil society organizations and other stakeholders.
The present project is in alignment with the objectives of NAIP. It proposes to ensure livelihood and nutritional security by linking the farmers with new and innovative technologies in hand and providing them with better inputs viz. seeds of HYV, fertilizers, etc. It also provides multiple technology options in holistic and integrated manner in order to increase their farm productivity and profitability. This is further enhanced by tie-ups with the market to help them get better price for their produce.
Promoting horticulture, processing and value addition will generate additional employment. Sustainability Fund is an innovative concept for ensuring continuity in post project period. Emphasis is on increasing profitability and not on production. Synergy of consortia partners is aimed at accelerating the pace of productivity and profitability enhancement by capitalizing on their strength. Processes thus developed will lead to accelerated and sustainable development of agriculture in disadvantaged region and help reduce poverty through additional income.
The specific objectives are:
  • Increasing income and nutrition through adoption of economically viable integrated farming system models and technologies.
  • Capacity building for livelihood security through entrepreneurship development and knowledge empowerment.
  • Integrated Nutrient and Water Management.
  • Organizing farmers' clusters into Farmers Business Centers with self-help principles under a producer marketing company.
Intermediate research findings:
  • Development of technology module for two farming situations- Horticulture based IFS and Livestock based IFS module.
  • Improvement in attitude and response of different stakeholders and emergence of critical functions for enhancing profitability.
  • Capsule of technologies that have positive impact on existing farming system and livelihood activities.
  • Role of public and private consortia in speeding livelihood and nutritional security.
2. ACIAR Project
Improved village scale ground water recharge and management for agriculture and livelihood development in India:
Vidya Bhavan Krishi Vigyan Kendra (VBKVK), Badgaon is working as an implementing agency for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) project. Project area includes Dharta, Hita, Sunderpura and Badgaon villages under Bhinder block of Udaipur district. Initially, 10 BJ's (Bhu-Jal-Jaankaar) were selected and they were trained for measuring water table of the wells on a weekly basis and find the fluctuation in water-levels. BJ's surveyed the selected villages and marked 100 wells. GPS readings were taken and the wells were photographed.
Demonstration of Hybrid seeds of Maize (Variety: MRM-3838) and of Gram (Variety: Pratap chana-1) were carried out during Kharif and Rabi seasons in 2012-13; and the seeds were provided to the farmers. Field days were also organized.
Under the school engagement programme, rain gauges were installed to collect regular rainfall data. Drinking water quality test was done at school and at village level to ascertain the quality of the water. A fluoride mitigation camp was held at Hita village. The water of the selected wells is tested regularly for pH, EC and TDS.