The term “Farmer FIRST” means the farmers’ Farm, Innovations, Resources, Science and Technology (FIRST). The initiative was taken by ICAR to move beyond the production and productivity; to privilege the smallholder agriculture; and complex, diverse and risk prone realities of majority of the farmers through enhancing farmers-scientists interface. The basic concept is that the farmer will be in a centric role for research problem identification, prioritization, conduct of experiments and its management in farmers’ field conditions. It emphasizes resource management, climate resilient agriculture, production management including storage, marketing, supply chains, value chains, innovation systems, information systems etc. With this concept, Agricultural Extension Division of ICAR, New Delhi invited project proposals for funding under Farmer FIRST Programme from ICAR Institutes/ Agricultural Universities and directed to submit the project proposal to the concerned ATARIs considering their Zone.
In three consecutive phases, this institute received a total of 14 project proposals from various ICAR Institutes/ Agricultural Universities under this zone. All the projects were screened by the Zonal Programme Management Committee (ZPMC) constituted by the Council and 7 projects were forwarded to the Programme Management Committee (ZPMC) at the Council level for consideration. Four projects,two for ICAR Institutes and two for state agricultural Universities,were sanctioned under ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata during 2016-17. The name of the institute, their project title, budget allotted for the project etc. are given below.
|Sl. No.||Name of the Institute||Title of project||Fund sanctioned during 2016-17 (Rs. in lakh)|
|1.||Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, Bhagalpur, Bihar||“Cross Sectional Livelihood Improvement and Income Enhancement through Agro-Enterprise Diversification”||54.30|
|2.||Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi||“Technology integration for doubling farm income through participatory research and extension approaches in Ranchi district of Jharkhand”||56.33|
|3.||ICAR-NRC, Litchi, Muzaffarpur||“Improved livelihood through good practices in agricultural production system”||45.95|
|4.||ICAR-IIAB, Ranchi||“Enhancing food, nutritional and livelihood security of marginal and small farmers in Jharkhand through need based agricultural technologies”||7.40|
|Sl. No.||Name of the Institute||Title of project||Fund sanctioned during 2017-18 (Rs. in lakh)|
|1.||ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack||Increasing productivity and sustaining the rice-based production
system through Farmer FIRST approach
|2.||ICAR-Indian Institute of Water Management, Bhubaneswar||Enhancing water and livelihoods security and improving water productivity in tribal dominated paddy fallow rainfed agro ecosystem of Odisha||30.00|
|3.||ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar||Promoting improved agriculture and allied sector technologies in Khordha district
|4.||Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar||Enhancing farm productivity & profitability with ‘farmer-first’ focus in Khordha district of Odisha