Bhoochetana : A Compendium of Success Stories, Research Report IDC-3

Wani, S P and Anantha, K H and Sudi, R and Krishnappa, K and Dharmarajan, B K (2015) Bhoochetana : A Compendium of Success Stories, Research Report IDC-3. Monograph. ICRISAT, Patancheru, Telangana, India.

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We acknowledge the financial support provided by the Government of Karnataka. We also thank Commissioner of Agriculture, Director of Agriculture, District officals of the Department of Agriculture, and scientists in charge of the districts for implementing the Bhoochetana project. We sincerely acknowledge the contributions of all the consortium partners who have enabled us to put together the progress of Bhoochetana, and the contributions of farm facilitators, lead farmers and farmers who were involved in making this publication possible.


The Government of Karnataka has upscaled the learnings from the Sujala-ICRISAT initiative to enhance agricultural productivity in the dryland areas of the state by bridging the yield gap between farmers’ fields and achievable yields with the help of science-based productivity enhancement interventions. The mission project on rainfed agriculture called “Bhoochetana” was launched by the Government of Karnataka during 2009-10 to benefit dryland farmers in 30 districts. The principle of consortium, convergence, capacity building and collective action as proposed by ICRISAT to address the issues of efficiency, economics, equity and environmental protection was adopted. The consortium partners involved in Bhoochetana are three State Agricultural Universities (UAS, Bangalore; Dharwad; and Raichur;), the Watershed Development Department (WDD), the Department of Economics and Statistics (DES), and other line departments of the Government of Karnataka, ICRISAT and the Department of Agriculture which is the nodal agency for the mission project. Farm facilitators and Lead farmers have assumed the role of trainers to train large numbers of farmers on collective action and capacity building. During the second and third year, project activities were expanded to all 30 districts in addition to the six districts of the Sujala watershed program where soil health mapping had already been completed, along with participatory selection of appropriate cultivars of the major crops. In all 30 districts efforts have been made to collect soil samples by adopting a stratified soil sampling method and covering a large number of villages...

Item Type: Monograph (Monograph)
Divisions: RP-Resilient Dryland Systems
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems
Uncontrolled Keywords: Karnataka, Bhoochetana, Success Stories, Compendium, Agriculture, Farmers, Agriculture Techniques, Agricultural Production
Subjects: Others > Agriculture
Others > Bhoochetana
Others > Karnataka
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 07:03
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017 11:13
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