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Integrated Farming System (IFS) to Double Income

Tamil Nadu: The Tamil Nadu state has come out with its own variant of the concept of “doubling farmers’ income,” through the integrated farming system (IFS).

IFS is implemented as part of the National Agriculture Development Programme (NADP) and the IFS would require every beneficiary-farmer to undertake a host of activities, apart from agriculture, so that he or she gets a higher income than what he or she has been earning under the conventional way of farming.

Last week, the State issued two orders in this regard. To motivate agriculturists to make use of the scheme, a heavy dose of subsidy has been proposed. On an average, each beneficiary-farmer would get subsidy worth Rs. 1 lakh under various components. For example, each beneficiary is entitled to have two milch cows, for which the government would give a subsidy of Rs. 17,500 per cow or 50% of the cost of purchasing the cow, whichever is lower.

Initially, five districts – Tirunelveli (Manur block), Madurai (Thirumangalam), Thanjavur (Thiruvonam), Villupuram (Tindivanam) and Erode (Perundurai) – have been selected. Small and marginal farmers would be encouraged to take part.

Asked how the latest scheme differed from earlier programmes such as Iamwarm (Irrigated Agriculture Modernisation and Water Bodies Restoration and Management), the official said that this time, the focus was on organised and holistic coverage of allied activities of agriculture, unlike in the previous attempts. The State was confident that if the selected made optimal use of the scheme, their income would be augmented, said the official.