RASHTRIYA KRISHI VIKAS YOJANA – RAFTAAR (RKVY-RAFTAAR)

Objective

  • To strengthen the farmers” efforts through creation of required pre and postharvest agri-infrastructure that increases access to quality inputs, storage, market facilities etc. and enables farmers to make informed choices.
  • To provide autonomy, flexibility to States to plan and execute schemes as per local/ farmers’ needs
  • To promote value chain addition linked production models that will help farmers increase their income as well as encourage productivity
  • To mitigate risk of farmers with focus on additional income generation activities – like integrated farming, mushroom cultivation, bee keeping etc.
  • To attend national priorities through several sub-schemes
  • To empower youth through skill development, innovation and agri-entrepreneurship

Salient Features

  • RKVY, initiated in 2007 as an umbrella scheme for holistic development of agriculture and allied sectors, has been recently revamped as RKVY-RAFTAAR– Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied sector Rejuvenation for 2017-19 and 2019-20. Its tenure has been increased to 31st March 2021.
  • It provided states with considerable flexibility and autonomy for planning and executing programs.
  • Decentralised planning for agriculture and allied sectors is initiated by the states through District Agriculture Plan and State Agriculture Plan based on agro-climatic conditions, availability of appropriate technology and natural priorities.
  • State Agriculture Departments act as Nodal Implementing Agency.
  • It will incentivize states to increase allocations for agriculture and allied sectors and help in creation of post-harvest infrastructure and promotion of private investment in the farm sector across the country.
  • Fund Allocation – 60:40 grants between Centre and States in states and 90:10 for North Eastern States and Himalayan States. Fund breakup:
  • Regular RKVY-RAFTAAR (Infrastructure & Assets and Production Growth)- 70% of annual outlay to be allocated to states as grants (out of this, 20% are flexi-funds)
  • RKVY-RAFTAAR special sub-schemes of National Priorities- 20%
  • Innovation and agri-entrepreneur development- 10% (In case the funds not utilized, it will be diverted to regular RKVY & sub-schemes)
  • For UTs the grant is 100% as Central share.
  • Sub-schemes include
  • Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India
  • Crop Diversification Program (CDP)– It is being implemented in the Original Green Revolution States of Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh to diversify area from water guzzling crop
  • Reclamation of Problem Soil (RPS)
  • Foot & Mouth Disease – Control Program (FMD-CP)
  • Saffron Mission
  • Accelerated Fodder Development Programme (AFDP)- farmers/ FPOs/Cooperatives in the drought affected districts/blocks are provided financial assistance of Rs. 3200/ha (upto a maximum area of two ha) for taking up additional production of fodder.

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