Technology Development, Extension & Training ( TDET) schemes
Technology support is extremely vital for success of land based programme, specially in the development of Wastelands. Proper area specific strategy has to be developed keeping in view the Agro-Climatic conditions and capability of land. Realizing this, a Central Sector Scheme of TDET was launched during 1993-94 to develop suitable technologies for the reclamation of Wastelands for sustained production of food, fuel wood, fodder etc.
The objectives of the scheme are, (i) development of data base for planning sustainable development of wastelands, (ii) operationalisation of cost effective and proven technologies for development of various categories of wastelands specially problem lands affected by soil erosion , land degradation, salinity, alkalinity, water logging etc., (iii) implementation of location specific pilot projects/ demonstration models including pisciculture, duckery, bee keeping, domesticated animals and birds etc., (iv) dissemination of research findings and appropriate technologies for promoting wastelands development, (v) evaluation of impact, and replication of these models in larger areas, (vi) organizing of publicity, awareness campaign, seminar/ conferences, circulation of handouts/ extension materials.
This scheme is being implemented through ICAR, State Agricultural Universities, District Rural Development Agencies (DRDA’s), and Government Institutions having adequate institutional framework and organisational back up. Successful implementation of the Scheme is expected to bridge the gap between the existing technologies and the need relevant to the latest situation. Under this Scheme, 100% Central grant is admissible to implement the projects on wastelands owned by Govt., Public Sector Undertaking including universities, Panchayats etc. In the case of projects on wastelands of Private Farmers/Corporate Bodies, the cost of the project requires to be shared on the basis of 60:40 between the Dept. of Land Resources (DoLR) and the beneficiaries.
Important activities undertaken in the Scheme include promotion and testing of various Agro-Forestry Models in different Agro-Climatic Zones of the country, testing of cost effective technologies for increasing productivity of saline and alkaline soils. Development of waterlogged areas through surface, sub surface and bio-drainage technology , promotion of medicinal and herbal plantations in wastelands, composite technologies for water harvesting, treatment of degraded lands through vermi-culture, micorhizae and Bio-Pesticides Food Stock Model techniques and development of technology for Jojoba Plantation in Arid and Semi Arid areas through Israeli collaboration.
In order to develop District level data base on wastelands the DoLR in collaboration with the NRSA, Hyderabad has brought out the "Wasteland Atlas of India" covering the entire country on 1:50000 scale using Remote Sensing imageries.
The project are monitored regularly on a half- yearly basis through progress reports received from project implementing agencies. Monitoring is also done through periodical review and field-visit of the projects.
TDET Guidelines 2010
TDET Guidelines (old )