- The traditional crop landraces and natural populations, livestock breeds and fish genetic resources require necessary conservation and enhancement initiatives through appropriate "adding value" options so that farmers get benefit from these local resources. To investigate which strategies can be used to add value to local diversity and support farming systems associated with high genetic diversity is the scope of this project.
- The workplan will be implemented in three districts viz., i) Chamba, Himachal Pradesh (Hill and Mountain Agro-ecosystem with Temperate Climate), ii) Udaipur, Rajasthan (Irrigated and Rainfed Agro-ecosystem in Aravalli hills with Semi-Arid Climate) and iii) Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh (Deccan Plateau and Sahyadri Hills with Tropical Climate). Keeping the farmers as focal point, integrated farming systems approach will be followed.
- The three Bureaux namely NBPGR, New Delhi; NBAGR, Karnal and NBFGR, Lucknow mandated with management of plant, animal and fish genetic resources respectively at national level will address all issues related to resource availability particularly the amount and distribution of genetic diversity in traditional production systems, its uniqueness, usefulness and perceived threats of its degradation and extinction.
- The three SAUs namely, CSKHPKV, Palampur; MPUAT, Udaipur and ANGRAU, Hyderabad together with other important stakeholders (APSBDB, Hyderabad and Seva Mandir, Udaipur) would be involved mainly for assessing and addressing different options for "adding value" to local diversity that increase the benefits to local farming communities.
- The total budget outlay of the project is Rs. 889.68 Lakhs for a period of four years (September, 2009 to 31 March, 2013).