22nd March, 2013, Kanker
Dr. A.K. Sikka, Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management), ICAR and Dr. J.S. Urkurkar, Director Extension Services, Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishawavidyalaya, Raipur visited Rice Fallow Project area in Aroud and Kotela of Kanker District, Chhatisgarh.
Dr. Sikka was impressed by the work done at field level as in some areas farmers started taking 2-3 crops in Rice fallow areas, as a result of convergence of Rice fallow project with other national/state funded schemes. He further appreciated the work of women SHG engaged in Mushroom spawn production at village level by the training of KVK scientists and financial assistance provided by Rice fallow project.
The Rice Fallow Project was operational in Krishi Vigyan Kendra from last three years. The total cultivated area in Kharif was 975 ha. that increased up to 1158 ha. The project was launched to bridge the gap of cultivated area between Kharif and Rabi and as a result of this project, Rabi cropped area which mostly remain fallow increased more than five folds i.e. from 95 ha. to 507 ha. The project is running successfully by collaborating Partners Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishawavidyalaya, Department of Agriculture and Gramin Vikas Trust.
(Source: ZPD, Zone-VII, Jabalpur)