Harmonizing biodiversity conservation and agricultural intensification through integration of plant, animal and fish genetic resources for livelihood security in fragile ecosystems
Mission of The Project
Harmonizing plant, animal and fish biodiversity conservation and agricultural intensification for livelihood security
- Assessment, documentation and valuation of on-farm agro-biodiversity for livelihood and food security.
- Assessment of economic potential of target species vis-a-vis cost and effect of conservation.
- Development of an information management system to facilitate planned interventions for conservation, sustainable utilization of targeted species/populations and enhanced market access.
- "Adding value" to targeted species/populations through technological interventions for enhancing rural livelihood security.
- Capacity building in agro-biodiversity management for livelihood security.
- 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 total budget outlay of the project is Rs. 937.58 Lakhs for a period of four years (September, 2009 to 31 March, 2013).
- Documentation and analysis of factors affecting the on-farm genetic diversity and farmers' knowledge.
- Documentation and characterization of local crop landraces; animals breed/genetic groups and fish resources.
- Strengthening seed exchange networks and establishment of community seed banks.
- Selecting genetically important populations, local animal breeds and fish species for improvement through farmers participation.
- Identification, procurement and dissemination of superior germplasm of rams (60), bucks (60), cattle bulls (10), buffalo bulls (10), and Artificial Insemination (12000).
- Increase in income (25 - 30%), employment generation (15-20%) and productivity (40-50%); about 3000 farm families will be benefited.
- NBAGR, Karnal
- NBFGR, Lucknow
- CSKHPKV, Palampur
- MPUAT, Udaipur
- ANGRAU, Hyderabad
- APSBDB, Hyderabad
- Seva Mandir, Udaipur