Enhancing Agricultural Productivity and Rural Livelihoods through Scaling-up of Science-led Development in Odisha: Bhoochetana


Location: Odisha, India

Partners:

  1. State Level Co-ordination Committee
  2. Department of Agriculture, Odisha
  3. ICRISAT, Patancheru

Summary:
This project aims at improving crop productivity and rural livelihoods through science based natural resource management in the state of Odisha. Soil health mapping through collecting 40,000 representative soil samples by stratified sampling methods across 30 district will provide a sound base for precise fertilizer management not only for NPK but also deficient secondary and micro nutrient. It also envisages economic and environmental benefits through avoiding indiscriminate use of NPK fertilizers. The selected two laboratories in the State will be upgraded to the state of the art referral laboratories of international standards to cater to future state requirement of precise quality analysis of large number of soil-water-fertilizer-plant samples in a short time.

It focuses on improvement in productivity and livelihoods during two years, also strengthens the state in terms of state of art laboratories to be established, GIS based soil maps, enhanced availability of improved seeds and well trained para-professional, farmers and stakeholders.

The specific objectives are:

  • To upgrade two existing soil analytical laboratories in the state to serve as referral laboratories and run efficiently with government support;
  • Using tools such as farmer survey/GIS/climate analysis identify the best soil, water, crop, and nutrient management options for sustainable intensification of major crops in the different agro-eco regions for increasing productivity by 10% by demonstrating in the pilot sites and scaling-up in partnership with the DoA and other partners through convergence of different initiatives;
  • To assess the nutrient status of agricultural soils in the 30 districts of Odisha State through stratified soil sampling and crop response trials with taluk-wise nutrient recommendations for the major crops grown;
  • To build the capacity of the DoA staff to undertake soil analysis, data handling and also the other consortium partners including farmers for scaling-up of the science-led holistic development strategy using ICT tools; and
  • To concurrently monitor, evaluate, assess and document the impacts of the holistic and scaling-up approach adopted in the state for enhancing the impacts through mid-course corrections.

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