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NABARD launches JIVA to promote natural farming

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The new programme christened as ‘JIVA’ has been launched virtually on February 9, 2022

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has launched an agroecology-based programme JIVA on February 9, 2022, that will promote natural farming under its existing watershed and wadi programmes in 11 states.

In order to stimulate a long-term wider scale transformation of food and agriculture systems in these areas and for ensuring sustainability of interventions made so far, it is proposed to introduce agroecological approaches in Natural Resource Management (NRM) portfolio of NABARD.

The new programme christened as ‘JIVA’ (meaning “a living being or entity imbued with a life force”) has been launched virtually between 3 PM to 4 PM on February 9, 2022. The event will be graced by Dr G R Chintala, Chairman, NABARD. P V S Suryakumar, DMD, NABARD, Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, MoA&FW, Dr S K Chaudhari, DDG (NRM), ICAR, Heads/representatives of GiZ and KfW in the country will be sharing their thoughts.

“We will invest Rs 50,000 per hectare under this programme,” NABARD Chairman G R Chintala said in the virtual launching event.

“While the best practices will be implemented on 200 hectares in each project, these 200 hectares will be a learning and proselytising platform to the whole village,” he added.

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