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National Food Security Mission (NFSM) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme launched in 2007 based on the recommendations of the agriculture sub- committee of National Development Council (NDC). The committee pointed out the need for improved agricultural extension services, technology transfer and decentralized planning as a result of which NFSM was conceptualized as a mission mode program.
The main objective of Cluster Front-Line Demonstrations is to demonstrate newly released crop production and protection technologies and its management practices in the farmers’ field under different agro-climatic regions and farming situations. While demonstrating the technologies in the farmers’ field, the scientist to study the factors contributing higher crop production, field constraints of production and thereby generate production data and feedback information. The demonstrations are undertaken in a cluster approach with each cluster covering 10 ha and each farmer contributing a minimum of 0.4 ha of land. Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs) scientist organize demonstrations of improved technologies, inputs, distribution of kits and capacity building of the farmers in association with State Agricultural Universities (SAUs).
Table 1: Cropwise Cluster Front Line Demonstration Conducted in Namakkal District During 2019-2020.
|Sl.No.||Crop||2019-20||Technology Demonstrated||Improvement in Yield (%)|
|Target Area (ha)||Achievement Area (ha)||Number of demos|
|1||Green gram||160||160||400||Demonstration of high yielding green gram variety (CO-8) and ICM practices||36.75|
|2||Black gram||130||130||325||Demonstration of high yielding black gram variety (VBN-6 & VBN-8) and ICM practices||34.39|
|3||Groundnut||247.6||247.6||619||Demonstration of high yielding groundnut varieties (CO-7/ Dharani / GJG-9) and ICM practices||37.23|
|4||Castor||28||28||70||Demonstration of high yielding Castor hybrid (YRCH-1) and ICM practices||55.98|
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