Madhya Pradesh is all set to make its farmers smarter through climate-smart villages initiative
With an aim to prepare farmers to cope up with the climate change risks and to ensure better productivity, Madhya Pradesh has embarked an ambitious plan to develop 1,100 climate-smart villages within the next six years.
100 villages in each of the 11 agro-climatic zones of the state would be taken up under the plan, which would incur a cost about Rs 150 crore every year. The work is being taken up under the National Agriculture Development Programme (NADP) and Indian National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture, said Dr Rajesh Rajora, States Farmer Welfare & Agriculture Development Department Principal Secretary.
The main focus will be on the integrated agriculture, comprises of animal husbandry, fisheries, in addition to traditional farming. Agro-forestry would also be adopted in these villages. The farmers will be encouraged to go for the short duration variety of crops, in addition to use drought resistant seeds.
Integrated nutrient management will also be implemented to help in soil fertility and plant nutrient supply. Along with it, integrated pest management, zero tillage, raised bed gardening techniques and micro-irrigation would also be introduced in these climate-smart villages.
These climate-smart villages would definitely bring positivity among the farmers as well as will help them to increase productivity in spite of the risk of climate change.