Thrust Areas & Their Broad Objectives


Sustainable Agriculture & Bio-farming

•    Ecology oriented economy generation; land based income -generating activities like:- off-season vegetable production, low cost nursery techniques
•    Crop diversification, soil management, seed conservation and micro-irrigation techniques;
•    Effective use of inputs, integrated farming systems, post-harvest technology including low-cost storage, processing, preservation and packaging with quality control;
•    Food, fuel and fodder management and preservation techniques;
•    Plant based herbicide and pesticides formulation;
•    Livestock development in mixed crop farming system

Balancing Forest Use and Conservation

•    S&T based integrated approach to regenerate and manage micro-ecosystems and biodiversity for sustainable livelihood base;
•    Utilization of unutilized, underutilized and invasive biomass;
•    Value addition to products including Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP) based on traditional skills
•    Minimizing pressure on forest resources and prevention of forest fire.

Sustainable Technology for Water Resource Management

•    Exploration, harvesting, spring recharge and purification of water resources;
•    Technology based sustainable watershed development and management focusing on land, water and bio-engineering plantations.
Sustainable Technology for Harnessing and Conserving Renewable Energy

    Biogas, watermills, water lifting devices, solar water heater, lantern and dryer, etc.
Disaster Management and Landslides Control

•    Mountain risk engineering: Botanical cum mechanical treatments;
•    Pre & Post Disaster Management: Preparedness for quick relief and rehabilitation.

Gender Sensitive Development

•    Women related farm activities and drudgery reduction through S&T interventions;
•    Women's health and nutritional care.

Rural Engineering and Technology Support Services

•    To help the traditional artisans, e.g. Blacksmiths, Carpenters, Mason, etc. with a view to organizing them for better earning/reduced drudgery through innovative skill development,  training programme and adaptive R&D;
•    Use of local resources, skills and techniques for low cost construction with improved ventilation, domestic drainage and waste disposal;
•    Design, develop, upgrade and maintain farm and non-farm tools and machinery;
•    Traditional health care system based on local flora and knowledge system;
•    Capacity building in the field of para-veterinary care;
•    Low cost sanitation, waste management and recycling.

State-wise project area classification

A. Jammu and Kashmir

  1. Innovative technological interventions to address basic household needs of the tribal people of Zanskar valley.(Harnessing and conserving renewable energy)
  2. Appropriate technological interventions for addressing human-wildlife conflict in Pir Panjal, J&K.(Balancing forest use and conservation)
  3. Demonstration of technologies for improving productivity of rainfed area in Jammu district.(Water resource management)
  4. Technological intervention to improve production in dairy and poultry in rain fed areas of Jammu district.(Rural engineering and technology support services)

B.Himachal Pradesh

  1. Establishment of virus-free elite mother block of apple in the tribal areas of Kashmir and Lahaul Spiti in Himachal Pradesh.(Sustainable agriculture and bio-farming)
  2. Mainstreaming farmer’s varieties in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.(Sustainable agriculture and bio-farming)
  3. Evaluation of shelf life and quality of solar dried products of mountain horticulture crops.(Harnessing and conserving renewable energy)
  4. Technological interventions and networking for basic community needs in mountains of Himachal Himalaya.(Harnessing and conserving renewable energy)
  5. Introducing bee-keeping mud hive technology in Wet-Temperate Zone (Sadar Mandi area) of Himachal Pradesh.(Balancing forest use and conservation)
  6. Value addition of traditional and underutilized bio-resources for functional food development.(Balancing forest use and conservation)
  7. Up-gradation of conventional river rope way crossing exist in rural/hilly terrains over river.(Rural engineering and technology support services)
  8. Use of local bio-resources in the hills for mass production and popularization of botanical bio-pesticides for the production of vegetables and flowers.(Rural engineering and technology support services)


  1. Empowering farming communities for conservation of plant genetic wealth of Uttarakhand and pre-breeding through community participation, protection of landraces and farmers varieties and benefit sharing.(Sustainable agriculture and bio-farming)
  2. Promotion of poly-house vegetable production technology for livelihood security in Champawat and Pithoragarh border districts of Uttarakhand.(Sustainable agriculture and bio-farming)
  3. Enhancement of livelihood options based on locally available resources in disaster affected villages in Kedar Valley, Uttarakhand.(Balancing forest use and conservation)
  4. Delivery of eco-friendly multi-hazard construction technologies and habitat solutions in mountain states.(Disaster management and landslide control)
  5. Bioprospecting of essential oils.(Rural engineering and technology support services)
  6. Improving livelihood and ecology in three disaster affected areas of Uttarakhand.(Gender sensitive development)
  7. Livelihood improvement and drudgery reduction through appropriate livestock technologies and biomass enhancement in Kumoun Himalayas.(Gender sensitive development).
  8. Dissemination and evaluation of technologies through networking of various institutes and organizations of mountain ecosystem.(Rural engineering and technology support services)
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