Agricultural Development Division
NAF’s agricultural development division functions with the goal to improve the productivity and profitability of farming through “Lean Farming”, a comprehensive approach to improve the resource use efficiency and reduce the unit cost of production without compromising on the economic yield and returns and at the same time protecting the ecological safety and environmental sustainability. Taking the modern and sustainable on- farm technologies to the reach of resource poor small and marginal farmers is an important strategy of the division to achieve the objectives of Doubling the Farmers Income (DFI).
Given the fact that more than 60% of India’s population is dependent on agricultural sector for their livelihoods, the importance of agriculture assumes significance. Ironically, the sector accounts only for about 17% of GDP of the nation. This is due to various factors including poor access to technology and resources for the small and marginal farmers, poor resource management including soil, water and inputs, conventional farming methods, exposure to risks of rapidly changing climate, poor access to credit and fair price for the produce.
To strengthen our crucial agricultural system, and to contribute towards Agriculture related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), NAF focusses on key challenges like increased usage of chemical inputs, market imperfections & volatilities, price fluctuations, sustainability issues, poor skill level of farmers and lack of rural infrastructure, environmental degradation and climate change related issues.
NAF realizes that, through enabling farmers to practice Climate Smart Lean Farming technologies and simultaneously empowering them with necessary business skills, agriculture can become a profitable sector of our nation’s economy. With the latest advancements in farming technologies such as Artificial Intelligence enabled Smart Farms, Integrated Farming Methodologies, Poly-house, Farm Drones, etc., the potential of profitable agriculture in the country is not an exaggerated vision. Our intervention model attempts broadly to make farming system economically viable and ecologically sustainable. In addition, every effort of our implementation team strives to involve the targeted beneficiaries from the project-planning phase to the project exit phase creating and nurturing a sustainably lasting model.