The project will benefit an estimated 55,000 farmer families directly and over 200,000 families indirectly through a wider spill-over effect leading to a doubling of family incomes over the next five years. The initiative comes in the wake of a recent announcement of a roadmap by the Government of India to target doubling of farmer incomes by 2022 across the country.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis. Dr Peter Carberry, DDG, ICRISAT, and Dr Suhas Wani, Director, ICRISAT Development Center, attended the signing ceremony during ongoing Magnetic Maharashtra: Convergence 2018 event in Mumbai. The event was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 March.
“The project is driven by a partnership with research institutions, agricultural universities, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, non-governmental organizations, farmer organizations and private companies to bring holistic, participatory science-based solutions and technologies to the doorsteps of the farmers,” said Dr Wani.
The project will take a twin-pronged approach, involving scaling up of proven technologies and climate-resilient practices in 11 districts reaching 200,000 farmer families through a wider impact. The focus will be on an integrated livelihood approach in the selected districts through science-led development. New science tools like satellites, weather forecasting, crop and water balance simulation models and IT-based solutions will be used to help farmers make climate-smart decisions for better results.
Agroecozone-based land use planning and market-led crop diversification including high-value crops to benefit farmers through a value chain approach will be adopted.
On the whole there will be an emphasis on profitability, value addition and linking farmers to markets directly for enhanced incomes, improved family nutrition, and sustainable development.
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