Government is committed to promote organic farming to increase soil health. A new scheme, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) to develop organic clusters, was taken up from current year 2015-16.
During the year, the agricultural research and education institutions of the ICAR, successfully generated and introduced technologies to boost farm production and incomes.
- Registration of seven new breeds of indigenous livestock during 2015 took the total number of registered indigenous breeds in the country to 151.
- A new fish species Clarias serratobrachium sp. nov. was discovered from the wetlands along Indo-Burma border.
- During the year, 80 new improved varieties/hybrids of different field and horticultural crops were released for cultivation in diverse agro-ecological regions of the country
- Biofortified rice variety CR Dhan 310 was commercialized successfully in the Indo-Gangetic Plains belt and Swarna Shreya, a new rice variety for drought–prone conditions was released.
- For quicker spread of new technologies, demonstrations of oilseeds through KVKs have been introduced for first time in 2015-16.
India remains global leader in production of milk for the last several years. Milk production increased from 137.69 Million Tonnes (MT) to 146.31 MT between 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively.
Fisheries sector has recorded a very appreciable enhancement placing India at number two position among the fish producing nations. The Fish Production achieved a growth on 6.18% during 2014-15.
Technology development and delivery are as important as the process of technology generation. Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) model is serving as the extension arm of the ICAR. In the 12th Plan, nationwide 109 new KVKs will be established.