Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi
Dr. Ramanaidu Ekalavya Grameena Vikas FoundationKRISHI VIGYAN KENDRA - MEDAK
Tuniki, Kowdipally, Medak Telangana - 502 316
In order to ensure direct “policy-driven” benefits for Scheduled Castes (SCs) through specific interventions a series of awareness and training programmes were organized by Ekalavya Krishi Vigyan Kendra Tuniki, Medak dist in collaboration with Indian Institute of Rice Research (IIRR), Rajendranagar, and Hyderabad. As the changing farm structure with dominance of small landholders is one of the notable features that has been evolving with time and will continue in the upcoming days. Small land holders Scheduled Castes (SCs) farmers are considered as one of the poor suffering group, who are placed at the bottom of the social ladder in India. With SC families having the lowest land ownership in India, these constraints often make them more dependent on wage labour. Entrenched social discrimination and existing socioeconomic realities add to the disadvantages faced by SCs in both farm based and non-farm based labour works. Hence, to improve the livelihood of these smallholders on a sustainable basis and enabling them to participate in the development process in an equitable manner, the Indian Institute of Rice Research has implemented Schedules Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP) through Ekalavya Krishi Vigyan Kendra Tuniki, Medak Dist, to ensure doubling of farmers income in the form of financial and physical benefits to Scheduled Castes of Medak dist.
Under the Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan (SCSP), the focus was on technology dissemination, capacity building of beneficiaries, input support and technology showcasing through exposure visits for the socio-economic empowerment of farmers of Medak Dist in agriculture. Various interfaces and skill up gradation programmes related to agriculture and allied sectors were carried out to solve the problems faced by the farms and also to equip them with the latest ongoing technologies. During the interfaces, the farmers were sensitized on various issues they confront in their day to day work due to their involvement in agricultural and allied activities, especially in the field of vegetable cultivation. Some of their queries and problems were taken up during the interfaces organized and were met through technological interventions. With the vision of doubling the income of farm families, the farmers from SC families were sensitized on some of the horticultural interventions like round the year vegetable cultivation, scientific management of vegetable crops and off-season vegetable production. As part of the SCSP programmes, inputs like seeds of improved varieties, tarpaulins, sprayers and farm implements were also distributed to the SC farmers selected from the adopted villages under KVK programme. Hence, a total of 868 farmers of Medak district were benefited through SC-SP program for the year 2021-22.
|Name of the SC village
|No. of days
|No of participants
|Backyard kitchen garden in organic methods and distribution of vegetable kit to Sc farmers
|Integrated Pest & Diseases management in Rice
|Importance of biopesticides and bio-fertilizer in agriculture & Horticulture crops
|Integrated crop management practices in summer season vegetable crops
|Organic Farming in Rice
|Awareness on Soil sample collection and soil health card constraints faced by farmers in utilizing its information
|Training on Farm Mechanization in Agriculture
|Training program on Tailoring