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DBT calls for proposals to establish Biotech-KISAN Hubs

The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India under its Mission Programme on Biotech-Krishi Innovation Science Application Network (Biotech-KISAN) has called out for proposals.

This special Call for Proposals is for establishing Biotech-KISAN Hubs in the following four agro-climatic zones in the country:

  1. Eastern Plateau & Hills
  2. Gujarat Plain & Hills
  3. Western Dry Region
  4. Islands

Since, there is a need for direct linkage between science laboratories and farms; it is now imperative that the Indian scientist understand the problems of the local farmer and provide solutions to those problems. Likewise, it is necessary to expose farmers to the scientific solutions available by bringing him to the scientific environment/laboratory. This close interaction and need based research will allow innovative solutions and technologies to be developed and applied at farm level.

The Biotech-Krishi Innovation Science Application Network (Biotech-KISAN) will be implemented in 15 agro-climatic zones of India in phased manner with the objective:

- Linking available science and technology to the farm by first understanding the problem of the local farmer and provide solutions to those problems.

- The working together, in close conjunction, of scientists and farmers is the only way to improve the working conditions of small and marginal farmers.

- This programme aims to work with small and marginal farmers especially the woman farmer for better agriculture productivity through scientific intervention and evolving best farming practices in the Indian context.

This special Call for Proposals is for establishing Biotech-KISAN Hubs in four agro-climatic zones in the country.

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