Krishi Sakhi Convergence Programme

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Recently, the Prime Minister of India granted certificates to over 30,000 women from Self Help Groups (SHGs) as ‘Krishi Sakhis’ under the Krishi Sakhi Convergence Programme (KSCP).

About Krishi Sakhi Convergence Program: 

  • It aims to transform rural India through the empowerment of rural women as Krishi Sakhi, by imparting training and certification of Krishi Sakhis as Para-extension Workers.
  • This certification course also aligns with the objectives of the ‘Lakhpati Didi’ Program.
  • Krishi Sakhis have already been trained on various extension service 
    • Agro-Ecological Practices: From land preparation to harvest.
    • Organizing Farmer Field Schools: Facilitating practical learning sessions for farmers.
    • Seed Banks: Establishment and management.
    • Soil Health and Conservation: Techniques for maintaining soil health and moisture.
    • Integrated Farming Systems: Combining various farming practices for sustainability.
    • Livestock Management: Basic management practices for livestock.
    • Bio Inputs: Preparation, use, and establishment of bio-input shops.
    • Communication Skills: Essential skills for effective communication with farmers.
  • Now these Krishi Sakhis are undergoing refresher training with a special focus on Natural Farming and Soil Health Card through DAY-NRLM agencies in coordination with MANAGE.
  • Krishi Sakhi Training Program has been rolled out in 12 states in Phase – 1: Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, and Meghalaya.

Q1: What is the Lakhpati Didi Initiative?

It was announced by the Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech on August 15, 2023.The programme is aimed at training women in self-help groups (SHGs) so that they can earn a sustainable income of at least Rs 1 lakh per annum per household.

Source: Krishi Sakhi