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BIOTECH-KISAN PROGRAMME UNDER MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

BIOTECH-KISAN PROGRAMME UNDER MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Context:

  • Recently, the Ministry of Science and Technology has issued a Special Call for the NorthEast Region as a part of its Mission Programme “Biotech-Krishi Innovation Science Application Network (Biotech-KISAN)”.

About:

  • It is a scientist-farmer partnership scheme.
  • It was launched in 2017.
  • This is a farmer-centric scheme developed by and with farmers under the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • It is a pan-India program, following a hub-and-spoke model and stimulates entrepreneurship and innovation in farmers and empowers women farmers.
  • The Biotech-KISAN hubs are expected to fulfil the technology required to generate agriculture and bio-resource related jobs and better livelihood ensuring biotechnological benefits to small and marginal farmers.
  • Farmers are also exposed to best global farm management and practices.

Objective:

  • It was launched for agriculture innovation with an objective to connect science laboratories with the farmers to find out innovative solutions and technologies to be applied at farm level.

Biotech-KISAN Hubs:

  • Around 146 Biotech-KISAN Hubs have been set up covering all 15 agroclimatic zones and 110 Aspirational Districts in India.
  • The scheme has benefitted over 2 lakhs farmers so far by increasing their agriculture output and income.
  • More than 200 entrepreneurships have also been developed in rural areas.

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