The Government of India is working towards linking innovative agricultural technologies with farms to benefit small and marginal farmers in northeast India. It will primarily focus on women under Biotech-KISAN programme.
- Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology issued special call for Northeast region under the programme which will help in understanding local issues of farmers & provide scientific solutions to them.
- Biotech-KISAN programme will specifically focus on Northeast region because it is predominantly agrarian where 70 per cent of its workforce were engaged in agriculture & allied sectors for livelihood.
Why this programme was launched for Northeast region?
- The programme will be implemented in Northeast Region with objective of linking innovative agriculture technologies with farm for small & marginal farmers.
- Northeast region produces 1.5 per cent of India’s food grain and continues to be net importer of food grains for its domestic consumption.
- Region has untapped potential to enhance income of farming population by promoting location specific crops, horticultural & plantation crops, fisheries & livestock production.
- Under the programme, hubs in Northeast region will collaborate with scientific institutions of India and State Agricultural Universities or Krishi Vigyan Kendras etc.
The Biotech – Krishi Innovation Science Application Network is a scientist-farmer partnership scheme launched in the year 2017. It was launched for agriculture innovation with the objective of connecting science laboratories with farmers to get innovative solutions and technologies which can be applied at farm level. So far, 146 Biotech-KISAN Hubs have been established across 15 agroclimatic zones & 110 aspirational districts of India.
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