Bhubaneswar18/4/23:The cultivable land for agriculture is shrinking due to increase in population pressure, urbanization and industrial growth. The livelihood of rural families is centered on agriculture and allied activities and in the villages of eastern India most of the households possess a small piece of land besides their home. To ensure dietary diversity and household nutritional security to the landless farm families ICAR-CIWA Bhubaneswar team comprising of Dr Tania Seth, Dr Arun Kumar Panda & Er Chaitrali Shashank Mhatre have developed the technology of “Women Friendly Multipurpose Integrated Vertical Nutri-Farming System (IVNFS) for vegetable production with mushroom and poultry”.
The low-income families can meet their needs for vitamins, minerals and plant protein through regular access to nutrient rich vegetables, mushrooms, eggs and meat obtained from this system. It increases farmwomen’s resilience to climate vulnerability and offer subsidiary source of income from the sale of small surpluses to the resource poor farm families. Gujarat based dynamic entrepreneur Mr. Japan Shah, Centrifugal Products approached ICAR-CIWA for licensing of this technology. Hands on training about the IVNFS technology was imparted to the entrepreneur on 17 April, 2023. A MoU has also been signed for handing over of IVNFS technology between ICAR-CIWA, Bhubaneswar and Centrifugal Products, Gujarat. During the event, Dr Mridula Devi, Director ICAR-CIWA, Bhubaneswar assured him that all possible help will be extended for establishment of the IVNFS technology.