Extension Activies

Tribal Sub Plan

Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) is a programme funded by Government of India to uplift the economic condition of tribal farmers. Indian Institute of Maize Research (IIMR) is implementing TSP across the country in various tribal belts from 2011-12. Eight hundred and ten demonstrations were conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Sikkim, NEH regions, Jammu & Kashmir, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh by DMR and All India Coordinated Research Improvement Project (AICRIP) centres on maize. Each demonstration was conducted in one acre of land using public sector hybrids DHM 117, HQPM 1, HQPM 5, C8, HM 4 etc. The average productivity of maize in demonstrations was 6139.42 kg/ha during rabi 2011-12 and 4883.00 kg/ha during kharif 2012. The national average yield of maize is 3765 kg/ha and 2234 kg/ha during rabi 2011-12 and kharif 2012 respectively. IIMR organized five national level training programmes in New Delhi wherein around 230 tribal farmers from Assam, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh etc. participated. Besides this, IIMR also organized ten regional level training programmes wherein 1699 tribal farmers from Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand etc participated. AICRIP centres on maize conducted six regional training programmes in Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh wherein around 599 tribal farmers participated. IIMR organized five exhibitions to create awareness among tribal farmers through displaying technologies of maize. Six field days were organized by IIMR in Haryana and Madhya Pradesh states. While SKUAST Kashmir organized two field days in Jammu and Kashmir. Apart from the above mentioned activities the inputs were distributed to the farmers for maize cultivation. Hybrid seed, maize shellers, weeders, sprayers, bullock drawn ploughs, seed storage bins and booklets on maize cultivation were distributed among 1169 tribal farmers by IIMR and AICRIP centres on maize in different parts of country.