This study assesses the extent of adoption of climate resilient agriculture practices under the National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project by the farmers in S. Raghuttahalli (beneficiary village) and D. Nagarajahosahalli (non-beneficiary village) in Chintamani taluk, Chikkaballapur district. A total of 120 farmers, including 80 beneficiaries and 40 non-beneficiaries, were selected randomly. The results reveal significant differences in the adoption of climate-resilient practices, crop production techniques, and fodder and animal health management. Results highlighted the adoption of climate-resilient practices, revealing noteworthy disparities between NICRA beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries.
Adoption of soil and water conservation practices: Beneficiaries exhibited higher adoption rates of climate-resilient practices such as drip irrigation, planting tree species, and trench cum Bunding. In contrast, non-beneficiaries lagged in adoption, indicating the positive impact of NICRA interventions.
Adoption of crop production practices: Beneficiaries showcased higher adoption rates in crop diversification, intercropping, and using high-yielding varieties. Significant differences were observed in nutrient management practices, emphasizing the positive influence of NICRA on enhancing sustainable agricultural practices.
Adoption of fodder and animal health practices: Beneficiaries excelled in adopting health management interventions and establishing fodder banks, a result attributed to the educational efforts of Krishi Vigyan Kendra. Non-beneficiaries showed limited adoption, underscoring the positive role of NICRA in promoting holistic agricultural practices.
In nutshell, NICRA interventions positively influenced the adoption of climate-resilient practices, crop productivity, and livestock management, highlighting the project's effectiveness in enhancing sustainable agricultural practices.