27 Sep 2019

Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana2 min read

Source: Kurukshethra Magazine

RKVY scheme was initiated in 2007 as an umbrella scheme for ensuring holistic development of agriculture and allied sectors. The scheme has come a long way since its inception and has been implemented across two plan periods (11th and 12th). 

The scheme incentivizes States to increase public investment in Agriculture & allied sectors. The Cabinet has approved ( as on 1st November 2017) for the continuation of the ongoing Centrally Sponsored Scheme (State Plans) – Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) as Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana- Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied Sector Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR) for three years i.e. 2017-18 to 2019-20 


RKVY-RAFTAAR aims at making farming a remunerative economic activity through strengthening the farmers’ effort, risk mitigation and promoting agri-business entrepreneurship. 

Objectives of RKVY-RAFTAAR

The main objectives of the scheme are;

  • To strengthen the farmers’ efforts through the creation of required pre and postharvest agri-infrastructure that increases access to quality inputs, storage, market facilities, etc. and enables farmers to make informed choices.
  • To provide autonomy, flexibility to States to plan and execute schemes as per local/ farmers‟ needs.
  • To promote value chain addition linked production models that will help farmers increase their income as well as encourage production/productivity
  • To mitigate the risk of farmers with a focus on additional income generation activities – like integrated farming, mushroom cultivation, beekeeping, aromatic plant cultivation, floriculture, etc. 
  • To attend national priorities through several sub-schemes. 
  • To empower youth through skill development, innovation, and Agri entrepreneurship based agribusiness models that attract them to agriculture.

Eligibility Criteria and Inter-State Allocation of Funds: 

RKVY-RAFTAAR will continue to be implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme in the ratio of 60: 40 (Government of India and State Share respectively) except in the case of northeastern and hilly states where the sharing pattern is 90:10. For UTs the grant is 100% as Central share

Eligibility Criteria: 

Since RKVYRAFTAAR has now been recast as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme whereby States are contributing their share, all States / UTs will be eligible for funding under RKVY RAFTAAR

Inter-State Allocation of the funds under RKVY-RAFTAAR

Inter-State allocation of RKVY-RAFTAAR funds will be based on the following parameters and weights:

SL. NO.  Criteria/Parameters Weightage
1 The percentage share of net un-irrigated area in a State to the net unirrigated area of all States.  15%
2 Percentage of small and marginal farmers in the state compared to the total number of small and marginal farmers in the country 20%
3 Moving averages of the increase in plan expenditure in agriculture & allied sectors including animal husbandry, fisheries, etc. in the previous 3 year period.  30%
4 Average Gross State Value Added (GSVA) in agriculture and allied sectors in the last 3 years.  20%
5 Percentage of the youth population in the state compared to total youth in the country 5%
6 The inverse of the Yield gap between state average yield and potential yields as indicated in the frontline demonstration data. 10%

Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare could modify the above criteria/weights depending upon new parameters becoming relevant in the future.

List of projects that can be funded under the RKVY-RAFTAAR

  • Horticulture
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Pest Management & Pesticide quality control
  • Soil Nutrient Management
    • Fertilizers
    • Bio Fertilizers/Organic Farming
    • Integrated Manure Management
  • Animal Husbandry
    • Dairy 
    • Fisheries 
  • Marketing and Post-Harvest
  • Seeds
  • Agriculture Mechanization 
  • Agricultural Extension
  • Credit & Cooperation
  • Agriculture Research
  • Minor / Micro Irrigation
  • Fodder & Feed

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