Biotech-Krishi Innovation Science Application Network (Biotech-KISAN) is a Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology initiative that empowers farmers, especially women farmers.
▪It aims to understand the problems of water, soil, seed and market faced by the farmers and provide simple solutions to them.
▪Biotech-Krishi Innovation Science Application Network (Biotech-KISAN) is being implemented in 15 agro-climatic zones of India in phased manner with the following
▪Linking available science and technology to the farm by first understanding the problem of the local farmer and provide solutions to those problem.
#For_Farmers: The Biotech-KISAN is a Farmer centric scheme launched by of the Department of Biotechnology, where scientists will work in sync with farmers to understand problems and find solutions.
▪The scheme includes the Mahila Biotech- KISAN fellowships, for training and education in farm practices, for women farmers.
▪The Scheme also aims to support the women farmers/ entrepreneur in their small enterprises, making her a grass root innovator.
#Connects_Globally. Biotech-KISAN will connect farmers to best global practices; training workshops will be held in India and other countries. Farmers and Scientists will partner across the globe.
#Impacts_Locally. The scheme is targeted towards the least educated marginalised farmer; Scientists will spend time on farms and link communication tools to soil, water seed and market.
#Across_India. Biotech KISAN will connect farmers with science in the 15 agro-climatic zones of the country in a manner, which constantly links problems with available solutions.
#Hubs_and_Spoke. In each of these 15 regions, a Farmer organisation will be the hub connected to different science labs, Krishi Vigyan Kendra and State Agriculture Universities co-located in the region.
#Farmers_as_Innovators. The hub will have tinkering lab, communication cell and will run year-long training, awareness, workshops and which will act as education demonstration units to encourage grass root innovation.
#Communicating_Best_Practices There will be a communication set-up to make radio and TV programmes for local stations, as well as daily connectivity through social media.
#The_Hub : Establishment of Biotech –
▪Each Hub will create a network by developing strong linkages with top quality scientific institutions / State Agri cultural Universities (SAUs) / Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) / existing state agriculture extension services / system and other Farmers’ organizations in the region as well as linkages with leading international institutions / organizations.
▪Biotech-KISAN Hub will have a tinkering laboratory. The Hub will get financial assistance for initially 2 years of Rs 60 lakhs per year and on the basis of a review for additional 3 years
Training programmes for scientists in agricultural farmsBudget for each collaborating institution / KVKs etc. is Rs 5.00 lakhs per year for each specific activity as defined in the application.
#Research_projects: If scientists during the course of these programmes identify a problem
, which would require larger funding; it would be possible for them to submit the research project proposal to the Programme for additional funding.
#International_Training: Short – term Training (STT) Programmes will be developed by DBT in partnership with international organisations / universities, where Farmers will be exposed to best global farm management and practices.
▪Depending on the activities carried out by scientists/farmers in India; selected groups will be sponsored by DBT for international STT. The current collaborating universities are Cambridge University, UK; Wageningen University, Netherlands and others are likely to be added.
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