Promotion of Agriculture Mechanization for In-Situ Management of Crop Residue

Promotion of Agriculture Mechanization for In-Situ Management of Crop Residue

Launch Year: 2018

• It is a Central Sector Scheme being implemented in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and NCT of Delhi for the period from 2018-19 to 2019-20.

Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

Aim: Protecting environment from air pollution and preventing loss of nutrients and soil microorganisms caused by burning of crop residue.

Objectives:

• Protecting environment from air pollution and preventing loss of nutrients and soil microorganisms caused by burning of crop residue.

• Promoting in-situ management of crop residue by retention and incorporation into the soil through the use of appropriate mechanization inputs.

• Promoting Farm Machinery Banks for custom hiring of in-situ crop residue management machinery to offset the adverse economies of scale arising due to small landholding and high cost of individual ownership.

• Creating awareness among stakeholders through demonstration, capacity building activities and differentiated Information, Education and Communication strategies for effective utilization and management of crop residue.

Components:

• Establish Farm Machinery Banks or Custom Hiring Centres of in-situ crop residue management machinery.

• Procurement of Agriculture Machinery and Equipment for in-situ crop residue management.

• Information, Education and Communication for awareness on in-situ crop residue management

Structure of the Scheme

A) National Level

• High Level Monitoring Committee (HLMC) – The HLMC is headed by Office of Secretary (DARE) and Director General, ICAR. The committee will formulate policies and provide overall direction and guidance to the implementation of the scheme and prioritize activities and communication plans which will address objectives and major challenges of the scheme. The committee has also task of monitoring and review the progress and performance of the scheme.

• Executive Committee (EC) – EC will be the policy formulating body. It will be empowered to lay down and amend operational guidelines, other than those affecting financing pattern. The EC is headed by Additional Secretary (Mechanization and Technology), Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare.

• High Powered Committee (HPC) – HPC has a task to finalize and periodically amend the specifications of the crop residue management implements/machines and provide help in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of various interventions in the scheme and provide feedback reports to the Member Secretary of Executive Committee.

B) State Level

• State Level Executive Committee (SLEC) – SLEC main function is to vet the Annual Action Plan prepared by the State nodal department for implementation of the scheme. The SLEC will oversee the implementation of scheme Components of the respective States through regular meetings with the nodal and other line departments. The SLEC is headed by Principal Secretary (Agriculture)/Agricultural Production Commissioner.

• Department of Agriculture is the nodal department at the State level for implementation of this scheme.

C) District Level

• District Level Executive Committee (DLEC) is responsible for carrying forward the objectives of the scheme for project formulation, implementation and monitoring. The DLEC is headed by Collector/ Deputy Commissioner.

• ICAR institutes / State Agriculture Universities (SAUs) and Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) functioning in the district will provide technical support in formulation of the district action plan, its implementation and monitoring. The technical staff will be sourced from these organizations for imparting training to the farmers and extension personnel.

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