Government Scheme: Rainfed Area Development Programme | Govt. Agricultural Schemes - Monster Thinks

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Government Scheme: Rainfed Area Development Programme | Govt. Agricultural Schemes

Rainfed Area Development Programme

To ensure agriculture growth in the rainfed areas, the Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare has launched the “Rainfed Area Development Programme (RADP)” in the year 2011-12 as a sub-scheme under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) . The key objective of this scheme is to improve the quality of life of farmers’ mainly, small and marginal farmers by offering a proper package of activities to maximise the farm returns. RADP scheme focuses on Integrated Farming System (IFS) for enhancing productivity and minimising risks associated with climatic variabilities. In this article, we will look at the Rainfed Area Development Programme (RADP) in detail.


Objective :

The principal objective of the Rainfed Area Development Programme is listed as follows:


  • To increase the agricultural productivity of rainfed areas in a sustainable manner by adopting appropriate farming system-based approaches.
  • To minimise the adverse impact of crop failure due to flood, drought, or un-even rainfall distribution through diversified and composite farming systems
  • To restore the confidence in rainfed agriculture by creating sustained employment opportunities through improved on-farm technologies and cultivation practices
  • To enhance the farmers’ income and livelihood support for the reduction of poverty in rainfed areas

Eligibility Criteria :

Farmers’ Companies, Registered Farmers’ Societies, Farmers Cooperatives will be eligible for developing a cluster. The support is restricted to the eligible limit for members. Due consideration should be given to ensure that farmers rights and ownership issues are not violated.


Financial Support to Farmers

Financial support will be provided to those who wish to add another compatible farming component to their existing system. It should have the potential to merge at least two or more major components of the farming system as envisaged under the eligible components to qualify for the support.


  • Farmers can choose one or a combination of farming systems suitable to the specific ecosystem supported through local KVK, SAU, ICAR Centre, ICRISAT, ATMA for maximising agricultural productivity.
  • Based on agro-climatic conditions, investments in the farming system will vary.
  • Support to each farm family under RADP will be restricted to a farm size of 2 hector and all-time financial assistance of Rs. 100000 in case of arid and semi-arid zones and Rs. 80000 for sub-humid and humid areas, even if most of the components are planned as per the financial pattern indicated below

Note: No farmer can claim for further assistance under RADP beyond these limits. However, construction or renovation of farm ponds and construction of the poly house are excluded from these limits. Credit support if required will be arranged to meet the balance.


Farmers will also be assisted in setting up a low tunnel poly house for raising planting materials and cultivating cash crops, including vegetables and flowers etc.


Prescribed Authority

As mentioned above the RADP will be implemented as a sub-scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). The State Agriculture Department, the nodal agency for implementation of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana will also be implementing the Rainfed Area Development Programme (RADP).


Focused Areas

All the rainfed areas having a large extent of cultivable land and potential for increasing agriculture productivity are to be covered under Rainfed Area Development Programme (RADP). Within the rainfed areas, priority will be provided to arid, semi-arid and sub-humid ecosystems.


The districts having less than 60% of the cultivated area under irrigation and influenced by arid (31), semi-arid (133) and sub-humid (175) agroecosystems are to be prioritised for RADP. The Eligible Districts for Coverage under RADP is given in the document:

 Rainfed Area Development Programme (RADP)


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