Since its inception this division serves to create a prosperous rural India with prime focus on developing scalable and replicable self-sustaining agri-business models. The primary aim is to ensure food sovereignty along with farmers’ income security while maintaining synergy with the ecosystem. The focus areas includes “Resource conserving.Lean farming” model, Natueco farming, technology introduction and awareness, technology dissemination for large scale adoption through lead farmer-lead village concept. Site specific nutrient management (SSNM) based on comprehensive soil testing – promotes need based nutrient management, NPM base pest management, facilitation of critical farm inputs like good quality seeds, fertilizers including micronutrients, organic, bio and inorganic agro chemicals etc. , forward and backward linkage among others. So far there has been direct agri-technology transfer to about 9500 acres of smallholder farms annually. Productivity levels of various crops improved by 15 to 50% andsubstantial increase (profit ~ 25-75 %) in family income.
As a measure of its inclusive rural development initiatives, NAF had taken up watershed as one of its core activities since 2007. NAF deems the watershed activities as an Integrated Community Development movement than a project or program to meet the environmental, economic, and societal needs of rural India in a comprehensive and sustainable manner. Out of 14764 hectares of total treatment area 6500 hectares have been treated benefiting to 16940 families. There has been significant Increase in water table in wells from 3 – 10 meters. 648 hectares of fallow land has been brought in to cultivation. 55 water bodies have been rejuvenated with additional capacity of water holding to 13 million lakh liters. Over one lakh plants of Agro forestry and Horticulture Planted .The Cropping intensity has been doubled in 352 hectares. Agriculture productivity improved to 150% in demo fields and 120% of average increase.So far 290 families have been supported to livelihood activities with INR 80.27 lakhs.
Serves to bring behavioral transformationand to ensure human resource development for rural India through demand-driven education. The prime obective is not only to increases the ability of farming community to innovate and adopt new technologies in agriculture but also to ensure continuous improvement in economic & environmental and social performance for the entire rural community. The division from the very beginning have adopted an integrated and innovative approach to impart relevant education and training/skills to the rural community.Training is imparted on “technology-oriented” and “participation-oriented” modes to various stakeholders of agriculture and rural development like farmers, youth, women, socially excluded, functionaries of NGOs, water users, producer groups, input suppliers, bankers, students etc. Till date 2800 training programs have been conducted for 72,000 beneficiaries.Under Agri Clinic and Agri Business Centre (ACABC) scheme of Ministry of Agriculture the division have successfully facilitated training for 16 batches including 460 agripreneurs .
Serves to sustain the benefits derived from our various interventions and to empower rural India. The division have helped village communities in establishing community-based institutions like Farmers Clubs , Self Help Groups and Joint Liability Groups, Farmers Producer Organizations, Watershed committees etc for collective decision and action. More than 2000 Self Help Group members benefited through various farm and non-farm based income generation projects. So far NAF have facilitated the formation of 14 FPOs as part of various central and state govt. schemes.30 children are passing through every year through its play school for the past six years. The children are provided nutritious food in order to ensure nutritional security to the underprivileged. Over 1,400 toilets have been built with people participation under total sanitation program.2770 members of rural community covered under social security scheme - LIC Jana BimaYojna.