The objective of the scheme is to promote Integrated Farming System (IFS) with emphasis on multitier-cropping, rotational cropping, inter-cropping, mixed-cropping practices with allied activities like horticulture, livestock, fisheries, agro-forestry, apiculture, conservation/ promotion of Non-Timber Forest Products etc. to enable farmers not only in maximizing the farm returns for sustaining livelihood, but also to mitigate the impacts of drought, flood or other extreme weather events.
Adoption of a cluster approach in an area of not less than 100 Ha in contiguous or non-contiguous land in a village/adjoining villages may be preferred to utilize the potential of available and created common resources. This scheme is implemented with a sharing pattern of 60:40 between Centre and State and the subsidy allowed @ 50% of the cost.
During the year 2018-19, Horticultural Based Farming, Protected cultivation like Poly House and shade net, Vermi Compost production Structures, HDPE vermi bed, Village Level Storage/ Packing/ Processing units, Farmers training and Demonstrations were implemented in 28 districts viz., Ariyalur, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Dharmapuri, Erode, Kancheepuram, Kanyakumari, Karur, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Nagapattinam, Namakkal, Perambalur, Pudukkottai, Ramnad, Salem, Sivagangai, Tanjore, Theni, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruchirapalli, Tuticorin, Vellore, Villupuram and Virudhunagar at an outlay of Rs.20.55 Crore.
During the year 2019-20, Integrated farming System, Protected cultivation, Vermi beds, Post harvest storage units and Farmers training and Demonstrations will be taken up under this scheme.