Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY-RAFTAAR)
To spur growth in the Agriculture and allied sectors, National Development Council (NDC), in its meeting held on 29th May, 2007 , a special Additional Central Assistance (ACA) Scheme (100% GOI Share from 2007-08 to 2014-15) : Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) was introduced to incentivize States to draw up comprehensive agriculture development plans taking into account agro-climatic conditions, natural resources and technology for ensuring more inclusive and integrated development of agriculture and allied sector. Govt. of India launched the Scheme from 2007-2008, which has been operational since then. Operational Guidelines of RKVY have been revised during XII Plan period. The funding pattern have been changed to (60:40) w.e.f. 2015-16. Based on feedback received from States, experiences garnered during implementation in the 12th Plan and inputs provided by stakeholders, RKVY guidelines have been revamped from 2017-18 as RKVY – RAFTAAR (Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied sector Rejuvenation).
Project-based assistance is provided to Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal husbandry, Fisheries, Cooperative, Dairy, Forest, RSAMB & Agricultural Universities etc. under the Scheme.
Objectives of RKVY-RAFTAAR:
1. To strengthen the farmers’ efforts through creation of required pre and post-harvest agri-infrastructure that increases access to quality inputs, storage, market facilities etc. and enables farmers to make informed choices.
2. To provide autonomy, flexibility to States to plan and execute schemes as per local/ farmers’ needs.
3. To promote value chain addition linked production models that will help farmers increase their income as well as encourage production/productivity.
4. To mitigate risk of farmers with focus on additional income generation activities - like integrated farming, mushroom cultivation, bee keeping,aromatic plant cultivation, floriculture etc.
5.To attend national priorities through several sub-schemes.
6. To empower youth through skill development, innovation and agri-entrepreneurship based agribusiness models that attract them to agriculture.
A. Regular RKVY-RAFTAAR -70% of annual outlay will be allocated among States as per criteria under following heads.
i. Infrastructure and assets- 50% (of 70%) of regular RKVY-RAFTAAR outlay- pre-harvest infrastructure- 20%, post-harvest infrastructure- 30% .
ii. Value addition linked production projects (agribusiness models) that provide assured/ additional income to farmers including Public Private Partnership for Integrated Agriculture Development (PPPIAD) projects- 30% (of 70%) of regular RKVY outlay.
iii. Flexi funds- 20% (of 70%) of regular RKVY-RAFTAAR outlay. States can use this fund for supporting any projects as per their local needs preferably for innovative activities in agriculture and allied sectors.
B. RKVY-RAFTAAR special sub-schemes – 20% of total annual outlay - based on national priorities as notified by Govt. of India from time to time for development of region and problem specific areas.
C. Innovation and agri-entrepreneur development - 10% of annual outlay-for encouraging innovation and agri-entrepreneurs through skill development and financial support. It will support incubatees, incubation centers, KVKs, awards etc. These funds will be with Central Govt. (DAC&FW) including 2% of administrative costs at the Centre. In case the funds are not utilized, they will be diverted to regular RKVY and sub-schemes.