More than 70% of our population belongs to the agricultural sector. The youth from the rural and tribal areas of our country form a formidable force to be channelised for national development. A large number of governmental and nongovernmental organizations have been set up to educate this sector, but their efforts are just drops in the ocean. A vocational guidance course for the small farmer is the need of the hour. The SOCIOCARE programme is designed to train the rural and tribal youth in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, herbal medicines and cottage industry. The course would be conducted in such a way that the youth can effectively implement the knowledge in their respective villages/areas and achieve a better living. The objective of the Centre is to impart training to farmers on "Economically Viable Farming"

Details of the scheme:

The Centre comprises infrastructure and facilities to train the rural youth (boys and girls) on modern methods of agriculture and biotechnology. The training would be of 30 days duration for one batch of 20 to 30 candidates. The trainees would undergo in plant training in various methods of agriculture such as, Plant propagation, Greenhouse and Tissue Culture methods for fruit and flower crops, and medicinal plants etc. The courses would be conducted by expert staff and visiting faculty drawn from different institutions such as Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Khadi Gram Udyog, NABARD and the State Government. Special lectures would be given on financial assistance available to the farmer and efforts would be made to generate interaction between the farmer and the funding agency.

Course work:

  • Planting Material And Nursery Methods
  • Greenhouse And Shadehouse Cultivation
  • Biofertilizer
  • Agronomy
  • Harvest and Post Harvest Training
  • Irrigation
  • Agricultural Economics, Market Information
  • Finance available, Government subsidies, Bank Loans
  • Cottage industries
  • Network

Through this training, the youth from the rural and tribal areas of our country would be able to learn and implement modern methods of agriculture. This will enable them to achieve better returns on their inputs into land, labour and money; and also generate scope for self-employment.