The Institute also received RKVY fund of Rs 82 Lakh for conducting 90 days residential trainings for the young representatives of Farm Families in the F.Y 2015-16. The Institute under the fully residential skill development training programme exclusively for the young members of the Small and Marginal Farm Families with special thrust upon the SC and ST communities of different districts of West Bengal for ensuring them better livelihood opportunities by means of imparting training in a planned manner for boosting their employability by way of making a techno-economically viable rural based agro-farming with special emphasis on organic principles and related food processing for retaining ecological balance to make the weaker section of the people for its adoption as a means of either direct employment or involvement for monetarily rewarding through entrepreneurship development. Furthermore, each trainees attended the training programme were provided with a stipend of @ Rs. 1000/- per month with a view to minimize the financial hardship the families of these trainees may have faced.
The training program was divided into theory and practical classes. Total 120 classes of 1 hour and 30 minutes each is proposed to be conducted in the theory part, which mainly cover the following broad areas:
Modern Pre-harvest technologies
Market led production - demand driven commodity mapping
Modern marketing methods
Computer management and its application in agriculture and agricultural marketing
More than 100 trainees from 8 blocks of 4 districts have been trained.