Tribal Sub Plan


Five districts of Uttarakhand viz., Pithoragarh, Almora, Chamoli, Dehradun and U S Nagar were adopted by the institute under Tribal Sub Plan with the objective of socio-economic development of the tribal communities of Uttarakhand. A number of programmes were organized at the institute as well as at farmers’ fields.

  • A residential 15-day vocational training programme on skill upgradation (beauty culture and tailoring) of tribal women was organised by ICAR VPKAS, Almora in which 16 tribal women participated.
  • A three Day training on "Sabjiyon ki unnat utapadan takniki" was organised at Expermental farm Hawalbagh during August 23-15, 2018. In this training, information on improved production technique of tomato, capsicum, onion and garlic were imparted to 26 farmers of Kwanu tribal cluster of district Dehradun.
Vocational training programme on skill upgradation Trainings at farmer's field
  • A 4-day training programme on ‘Parvatiya Kshetron mein Krishi evam Gair-Krishigat Udyamon se Krishak Aaya Virddhi’ was organized at ICAR-VPKAS, Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh from 6-9 September, 2018 for tribal farmers of district Rajouri (Jammu) under Tribal Sub-Plan. A total of 30 farmers including from 17 villages of blocks Rajouri, Dungi, Koteranka, Planger, Panjgrawain and of district Rajouriparticipated in the programme.
  • Two 3-day training programmes on “Increasing farmer’s income through improved agricultural production technologies” were organized at ICAR-VPKAS, Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh during September 25-27 and September 27-29, respectively for farmers of tribal region of Jaunsar area of district Dehradun. A total of 72 farmers from Kalsi and Chakrata blocks participated in the programme. The farmers were imparted information on improved varieties of hill crops, improved crop production technologies including disease and insect-pest management, seed production, farm mechanization, and mushroom production.

  • A one-day training on “Improved Production Techniques and Intigrated Pest Management of Crops of High Hills” was organized at Malari (3300amsl) in Niti Valley in May, 2018.

  • A one-day training program was organized on “Improved Cultivation of Garden Pea” at Chakrata in Dehradun district in August, 2018.

  • During the Kisan Mela organized at Experimental Farm Hawalbagh, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora on September 27, an exposure visit of 92 tribal farmers was conducted. The farmers were exposed to progressive agricultural technology including crops/seed production, water conservation technology, post harvest processing technology etc.

  • Programme on Makka Sheller ke Samavesh se Kathin Manav Shram Nyunikaran’ were conducted in Sahiya cluster of Kalsi block and Kwanu cluster of Chakrata of district Dehradun on 7th and 8th August 2018, respectively. In the programme, functioning of the sheller was demonstrated to the farmers. Hands-on training to selected village youth was imparted. The farmers were also sensitized on the long term health hazards associated with manual maize shelling.

  • Frontline demonstrations of Vivek Maize Hybrid 45 were conducted in Dhanpau-Lakhwad village cluster of Jaunsar tribal area of district Dehradun in about 16.5 ha during kharif 2018.

    'Makka Sheller ke Samavesh se Kathin Manav Shram Nyunikaran’ Training on “Improved Production Techniques and Intigrated Pest Management of Crops of High Hills"


  • Demonstrations on garden pea (8 ha) were also undertaken in Niti and Mana valley. Demonstrations on wheat (32 ha) and onion (0.5ha) are have also been undertaken in various adopted villages of Dehradun, Almora and Chamoli districts during rabi 2018-19. Demonstrations of maize hybrids, VMH 45 and VMH 53, were conducted in Jammu and Kashmir (Rajouri and Jammu districts) and the north eastern states (Nagaland and Manipur) also. In Peren District of Nagaland, a tribal district in NEH region, Vivek Maize Hybrid 45 outyielded both local check Lingta’ and check variety ‘Allrounder’.

  • As part of the institute’s work plan to establish a farmer-participatory seed production system at local level, seed production programme was undertaken at Malari (3300 amsl) in Niti Valley during Kharif 2018. A total of 30 kg seed of French bean variety VL Bean 2 along with suitable agro-chemicals were provided to a select group of tribal farmers.

Tribal Sub Plan (IISS Main Scheme)

 An initiative was undertaken in a tribal village Jhankat in Sitarganj block of district US Nagar (Uttarakhand) in 2014  with the objective of  developing Jhankat from “grain village to seed village” by skilling the farmers in quality seed production and building their agro-technological capacity to accomplish the twin goals of introducing quality seed production as a component of enhancing their income and supplementing the state and national seed production programmes in bridging the wide gap existing between demand and availability of quality seed of hill varieties in the state. various activities were conducted during 2018-19.

  • A 3-day training programme on “Janjatiya krishakon ka beejotpadan mein kaushal vikas” was organized during February 19-21, 2019 which was attended by 34 tribal farmers and farm women. During the programme, farmers were imparted practical information on seed production process and distribution system in various cereal and pulse crops, insect pest management in seed production, seed storage, seed processing, vegetable production and mushroom production.
  • A 5-days training programme on ‘Parvatiy Fasalo ka Bijotpadan evam Krushigat Udyam’ was organized under this project for 47 farmers of Lahaul-Spiti district (Himachal Pradesh) during 25th Feb. – 01st March 2019.
    Krishak gosthi on “Unnat uttapadan takniki va beejotapadan Training programme on “Janjatiya krishakon ka beejotpadan mein kaushal vikas


  • Farmer participatory seed production of wheat (VL Gehun 829, VL Gehun 907 and VL Gehun 953) and lentil (VL Masoor 126 and VL Masoor 133) varieties was undertaken in 12.9 and 6.2 ha, respectively. In addition, a new tribal village clusters Nakulia in Sitarganj block was selected for quality seed production demonstrations. Demonstrations of wheat variety VL Gehun 953 were organized in 50 ha in this new cluster. Inputs like quality seed of wheat and lentil varieties, NPK, urea, weedicide and micronutrients were distributed to the farmers to help them to raise a clean and healthy seed crop.
  • Exposure visits were conducted for 32 tribal farmers during Kisan Mela organized in the institute on September 27, 2018 and February 24, 2019.
    Roguing in seed production plots Distribution of seeds and other inputs


  • Krishak gosthi on “Unnat uttapadan takniki va beejotapadan” was conducted on November 04, 2018 at Jhankat in which the features of new wheat varieties were shared with the farmers and their knowledge of quality seed production methodology was refreshed.
  • Krishak goshthi-cum-field demonstrations on ‘Gehun me kharpatvarnashi ka prayog’ were conducted with the active participation of farmers on November 29, 2018 at Jhankat and on December 07, 2018 at Nakulia village.
  • Farm Schools on ‘Beejotpadan fasal mein shudhdhta ka rakh-rakhaw’ were organized at Jhankat and Nakulia.
  • About 170 q quality seed of wheat varieties (VL Gehun 953, VL Gehun 907 and VL Gehun 829) and 1.22 q seed of lentil varieties (VL Masoor 126 and VL Masoor 133) were procured from the farmers produced during rabi 2017-18.