Biotech Kisan Scheme

Context: As per the Central Government, during the last one-year (January 2022- December 2022) 1,60,000 farmers have received benefits under Biotech-KISAN scheme.

Biotech-KISAN Scheme

  • Biotech Krishi Innovation Science Application Network (Biotech KISAN) is a scientist-farmer partnership scheme launched in 2017 for agriculture innovation. 
  • Objective: To connect science laboratories with the farmers to find out innovative solutions and technologies on the problems related to water, soil, seeds, and marketing. 
  • The programme provides funding to establish the Biotech KISAN Hub in each of 15 Agro-climatic zones of the country.
  • Each Hub creates a network by developing strong linkages with top quality scientific institutions/State Agricultural Universities/Krishi Vigyan Kendras/existing state agriculture extension services/system and other Farmers’ organizations in the region as well as linkages with leading international institutions/organizations.
  • Initiative of: Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology. 

Core activities of Biotech KISAN Hub

  • Understanding the problems of the local farmers.
  • Scouting for available technologies and solutions to problems of farmers in the region.
  • Demonstration and scale-up programmes for implementing the solutions to the problems of farmers – addressing water, soil, seed, and marketing issues.
  • Creation of strong Scientists-Farmers Interaction Platform and connectivity; training programmes for the farmer and immersion programmes for scientists.
  • Communication set up through radio and TV and connectivity through social media.
  • Individual thematic fellowship programmes for selected farmers in the zone at high-tech science laboratories.
  • Special solution-driven thematic fellowships to women farmers (Mahila Kisan Biotech Fellowship) to develop them as leaders and grass root scientists.

Prelims Practise Question:

Q. Consider the following statements with reference to the Biotech-KISAN scheme:

  1. It is a scientist-farmer partnership scheme to find innovative solutions related to water, soil, seeds, and marketing.
  2. The scheme is an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: (a) 

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