Bhochetana: Mission to Enhance Productivity of Rainfed Crops in Karnataka

Started in 2009
In 2009, to enhance agricultural productivity of millions of hectares of rainfed areas in the state of Karnataka, ICRISAT in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DoA) and State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) developed a scaling-up model called “Bhoochetana” (soil rejuvenation). Bhoochetana seeks to unlock the potential of rainfed agriculture towards improving rural livelihoods and achieving food and nutrition security while protecting the environment. In Bhoochetana, soil health assessment is used as an entry point to plan sciencebased interventions which can result to tangible benefits for the farmers by converging sustainable technologies to increase productivity of farm households with effective integrated watershed management approach.
Bhoochetana, a mission mode program implemented across the 30 districts of Karnataka, India increased crop yields by 23-66% as compared to farmers’practice through the adoption of soil-test based nutrient management recommendations along with quality seeds of high-yielding cultivars, and soil and water conservation measures. The total area covered by the program within four years was 3.73 million ha. The program has proven that improved management systems are vital in building the resilience of the farming systems in spite of normal or below normal rainfall in the state. The economic returns for every dollar invested by the farmers ranged from 2.1 to 14.6 in 2011. In the years 2011 and 2012, the combined gross value of increased agricultural production in the state was US$ 234 million, despite the fact that 2012 was a drought year with 26% deficit rains in the state.
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Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid tropics have over 2 billion people, and 644 million of these are the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower these poor people to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through better and more resilient agriculture.

ICRISAT is headquartered in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, with offices in Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Kenya, Malawi,Mozambique, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. ICRISAT is a member of the CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future.

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