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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 9, Issue:11, November, 2020

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(11): 1797-1805

Entrepreneurship Development through Rural Bio-Resource Complex with Adoption of Integrated Farming with Mushroom, Aquaculture, Organic Farming and Value Addition in North Bengal Region of West Bengal
A. K. Chowdhury1*, P. M. Bhattacharya1, A. Roy1, S. Bandyopadhayay1, B. N. Chakraborty2, Usha Chakrabortyand A. S. Ninawe3
1Department of Plant, Pathology, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Pundibari, Coochbehar, West Bengal, India
2Department of Botany, University of North Bengal, West Bengal, India
3Department of Biotechnology, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India
*Corresponding author

Indian farming has been suffering due to indiscriminate application of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and due to lack of farm based integrated farming based interventions. Further, the monocropping pattern also one of the major factors that have contributed for disinterest and apathy among farmers. The indiscriminate increase in cost of production, lack of assured market, price fluctuations and fragmentation of land holdings, timely non availability of critical inputs and also decline in soil productivity due to lack of science and technology inputs in farming system are the serious concerns which affects farmers’ economy. This has resulted in loss of soil fertility, productivity of crops as well as hazards to human health. According to the feedback from several quarters, farmers in general and farm youth in particular, are losing confidence in farming. More than 40 per cent of farming families want to leave farming in India. In a progressive state like Punjab also where the farmers are relatively well assured with resources compared to majority of other states in the country farmers are losing their confidence in farming. Therefore, it is difficult to imagine the mindset of farmers in other parts of the country. The situation is more or less same in many developing as well as few developed countries. Therefore, a network project was undertaken with the support of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India on establishment of rural bio-resource complex in North Bengal implemented by University of North Bengal and Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya in seven districts viz, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda in West Bengal State. By understanding the importance of organic farming and introduction of high value crops, interventions on mushroom cultivation, aquaculture and solid waste management were taken up in the districts benefitting more than 2000 farmers including Self Help Groups. The details have been highlighted in the paper.

Keywords: Rural Bio-resource Complex, Capacity development, Income generation, Livelihood

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Chowdhury, A. K., P. M. Bhattacharya, A. Roy, S. Bandyopadhayay, B. N. Chakraborty, Usha Chakraborty and Ninawe, A. S. 2020. Entrepreneurship Development through Rural Bio-Resource Complex with Adoption of Integrated Farming with Mushroom, Aquaculture, Organic Farming and Value Addition in North Bengal Region of West Bengal.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(11): 1797-1805. doi:
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