This programme is a market led placement linked programme for rural youth. Under this programme the rural youth are being trained in different trades mostly on the skills in the domin area, computers, soft skills and English for 2 months and then 1 month on the job training. The trained candidates are certified by the skill development councils of India based on the areas and trades. The certified candidates are supposed to be linked to the markets for job placement. Thus this programme is a boon to rural youth and it can shape their careers and improve their livelihoods.
PRDIS has started an agricultural skill development center at Amistapur village of Bhoothpur mandal located in 2 km distance from Mahaboobnagar district headquarters. Primary designed to impart agricultural based skill training programme under DDU-GKY programme. The following trades are being offered.
- Micro Irrigation Technician
- Agricultural Extension Services Provider
- Green House Technology
- Fruits and Vegetable Processing
The training centre can accommodate about 100 participants with boarding and lodging facilities in addition to facilities for computer training, Domino Labs, library and recreation lab etc., This will be in humble contribution by PRDIS for skill India Mission launched by our Hon`able Prime Ministry recently.
A Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) Programme is launched in India aimed at empowerment of farmers on Better Cotton production principles (minimising harmful effects of crop protection practice), improving the soil health, water efficiency, protection of natural habitats and biodiversity, fibre quality) promotion of `decent work` principles and strong supply chain linkages through Farmers Organisations namely groups, networks/Federation and Producer Companies.
The programme has amply demonstrated as on holistic and futuristic demand driven agricultural extension model, for empowering and improvement of Livelihood of cotton farmers. In addition to improvement of livelihood of cotton farmers. In addition to improvement there was increase in human, social and economic capital. Majority of farmers were able to get net additional income of about Rs. 10,000 to 15000 / acre (150 to 200 $) through increase in 20 to 25 percent yields, 80 percent reduction in pesticide usage, 20 percent reduction in chemical fertiliser usage and changes in attitude towards environment and application of Decent work Principles specially in not using banned pesticides. Child Labour and awareness on farmers rights. Besides the programme has demonstrated the implementation of equity and ecological Principles with focus on women and natural resources management. Furthermore, the Linking farmers directly with markets has helped the farmers with better bargaining capacity better prices and elimination of middle men contributing to improvement in livelihoods. This programme and approach is being implemented in several countries.