Collaborative Programs

Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA)
RASS-KVK is one of the participants in the exercise of preparing Strategic Research and Extension Plan of Chittoor district which is the base for implementation of ATMA. This strategic planning document guides the extension functionaries in their field programmes and also helps the ATMA realize the potential of development and consequently allocate funds.

RASS-KVK is allotted SriKalahasthi block to conduct activities under ATMA and the Programme coordinator of KVK was given charge Officer-in-charge of the Block. KVK has been forefront in implementing innovative programmes like introduction of Maize as an alternate crop, Popularization of resource efficient rice production technologies like SRI method, Direct seeding in rice, introduction of latest varieties of Groundnut and multiplication of seeds, Mechanization in Paddy and Groundnut etc for the farming community with the financial resources of ATMA.

KVK has also conducted exposure visits to farmers to premier institutes in the Country like Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore; Central Food Technology Research Institute, Mysore; Central Sericultural Research & Training Institute (CSRTI), Mysore; Jain Irrigations, Jalgaon; Rice research stations in Tamil Nadu etc.

KVK has conducted demonstrations of improved varieties, package of practices in farmer’s fields etc and involved farmers through training programmes, field days and Scientist – Farmer interaction programmes.     

Since inception of ATMA, KVK has tapped an amount of Rs.10, 00,000 for conducting various activities benefitting the farmers of the district.     

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
NABARD has supported KVK for infrastructural development in KVK campus like construction of Silkworm rearing unit, Silk reeling and twisting unit, a 30 bedded hostel for farmers etc with a budgetary sanction of Rs.12 lakhs. During 2010-11, NABARD has sanctioned two projects to KVK for promoting productivity enhancing sustainable agriculture in the district. About Rs.17.00 lakhs was sanctioned for popularizing Direct seeding in rice using drumseeder in the entire district by training programmes and conducting demonstrations. KVK has supplied critical inputs like drumseeders and conoweeders apart from pre-emergence weedicide for the beneficiaries.

A pilot project for augmenting the productivity of lead crops in Chinnagottigallu mandal of Chittoor district was sanctioned to KVK with a budget outlay of Rs.53.00 lakhs. Paddy, Groundnut, Mango, Tomato and Dairy are the core areas focused in this project with the main objective of improving the productivity of these components and ensure sustainable livelihood security for the farming community. Cluster approach will be adopted in 11 Gram Panchayats of Chinnagottigallu mandal to achieve scale of economy and for having demonstrative effect. The project aims at improving the overall socio – economic situation in the target areas through convergence of activities of Government and other agencies and provides missing inputs needed for enhancing the productivity.


Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART)
RASS-KVK has tapped funds from CAPART for development of Mushroom unit at KVK campus for conducting trainings cum demonstrations to rural youth enabling them to start up their own production units and generate income. Long duration on campus training programmes on spawn production, mushroom cultivation, preparation of nutritious recipes as well as marketing techniques are the training components while one day off campus programmes were conducted on the mushroom cultivation techniques only.

KVK has extended its services for soil and moisture conservation measures through watershed activities covering an area of 2128 ha in 66 villages of 7 mandals in the district with the financial support of CAPART. The funding agency has also supported KVK for conducting workshops on medicinal plants, Capacity building & Project formulation for NGO’s etc.


National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB)
To mobilize and inculcate the use if indigenous medicine system among the rural folks, KVK is implementing a project titled “Involvement Of Rural Households In Cultivation Of Medicinal Herbs For Primary Health Care And Training To Impart Value Addition, Processing And Cultivation With Income Generation For Self Sustainabilitywith the financial support of National Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Board, New Delhi and the budget allotted is Rs.29.00 lakhs for a period of three years. Under this project, 9000 rural families will be supplied with 10 different varieties of medicinal plants to grow in their backyards and conduct awareness programmes and trainings on use of medicinal plants, preparation of raw drugs for small ailments, value addition etc. The surplus herbal material produced by the families is procured by KVK on cost basis thereby providing additional sources of income to the family. The women were also trained on preparation of different culinaries with herbal plants thereby infusing the habit of taking herbs with medicinal values in their regular diet.


National Horticulture Mission (NHM)
Chittoor district being a drought prone district, there is major shift in cultivation from regular Agricultural crops to Horticultural crops especially orchards. Hence the demand for genuine and quality planting material for mango and sweet orange is high and keeping this in view, KVK has tapped funds from NHM for establishing a small nursery of sweet orange with a budget of Rs.3.00 lakhs. The root stock used for the grafts was Rangapur Lime as it is highly resistant to Tristeza and does well in heavy soils. Till now KVK has supplied 11000 grafts to farmers at the rates on par with Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University.


Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD), Govt. of India
RASS-KVK has established a bakery unit with the financial support of DWCD offering training to rural youth in baker y and confectionery. The participants were trained with hands of experience in preparation of nutritious biscuits, bread, different types of cakes, chocolates and other sugar confectionery items.  Apart from training, a regular production of 1500 kgs of biscuits per month were being produced and supplied to 100 creche centres of RASS for its supplementary nutrition programme. This bakery unit was winded up during 1998-99 due to interrupted 3-phase power supply hindering the continuous running of the machinery.

The Department of Women and Child Development also initiated a sustainable women empowerment programme “Support to Training and Employment Programme” (STEP). The main emphasis of the programme was to identify, encourage, promote and strengthen gainful employment opportunities for economically disadvantaged women. This project involved household dairy activity – one which had several economical implications as a gainful income generating activity for rural women.

The geographical area of the project includes 70 villages in 4 mandals of Chittoor district. Project activities have been divided into 3 phases. as many as 2400 women, in each of the phases I and II, were covered and in the III phase, 6000 women were covered for promoting dairy as as income generating activity. In the IV phase of this programme covering the child labour families, the parents were encouraged to send their children to schools for education and sustainable livelihoods were provided 2000 families in Kuppam, Chittoor district.

RASS-KVK extended its support in conducting training programmes to women on Dairy management, Clean milk production, fodder production, silage making, Azolla as an alternate feed etc. 


Directorate of Groundnut Research (DGR), Junagadh
Under Technology Mission on Oilseed crops, RASS KVK is conducting Front line demonstrations in Groundnut both varietal and whole package demonstrations in collaboration with Directorate of Groundnut research, Junagadh, Gujarat. The programme is initiated from Rabi 2008 and is continuing.   
The FLD’s conducted from Rabi 2008 to Rabi 2010 are as follows


No. of FLD’s conducted

Budget allotted (Rs)

Rabi 2008



Kharif 2009



Rabi 2009



Kharif 2010



Rabi 2010




Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India
RASS-KVK established a Food Processing Technology Training Centre (FPTC) in its campus with the financial support of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India. Since Mango and Tomato crops occupy majority of the area under Horticultural crops in the district and are prone to market fluctuations, KVK has initiated this FPTC with a budget of Rs.4.00 lakhs to train the rural women on different processing technologies and develop agri-entrepreneurship among them; to provide employment opportunities for rural women for their socio-economic upliftment; to get additional returns from the produce through value addition when there is a market glut for the produce etc. 


Drought Prone Area Programme (DPAP)
DPAP, Chittoor has sanctioned 12 watershed projects to RASS and KVK has played a major role in sensitizing the farmers on watershed concepts, introduction of technologies through demonstrations, Dissemination of information through print, audio visual aids including seminars, meetings, trainings, workshops, street plays etc., Effective use of Agricultural machines for the project in the initial in the farmers fields and in project areas, motivate them to adopt various soil and moisture conservation measures and to go for alternate cropping etc.

The impact of 12 watersheds at a glance:

Increase of agriculture productivity - 15 to 20 %
Horticulture developed - 20-30 Ha.
Improvement of fallow land - 20-50 Ha benefited
Households benefited - 900
Rise in the Ground water level - 1-3 m
Social forestry developed - 32000 Teak & Eucalyptus planted

Milk productivity
- 40-50 litres per day per village increased.

Fertilizer Association of India (FAI)
Sri Y.V.N Murthy, Regional Executive, FAI, Kolkata participated during the field day organized by KVK on soil test based fertilizer application

The Fertiliser Association of India (FAI), set up in 1955, is a national representative body of all fertiliser manufacturers in India comprising public, private, joint and cooperative sectors. To promote rational supply of fertilizers and manures for optimum supply of all essential nutrients for crop production, FAI is conducting demonstrations and field days on balanced fertilization with the technical support of KVK under the programme “Soil Health Enhancement Programme”. This collaborative programme has begun in Kharif 2010 and is continuing successfully.


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