COMPENDIUM, IEEC-2023   ( ISBN : 978-81-967860-4-5 )
Theme- 6: Community based Farming System for Nutrition - Achieving Nutritional Security for the Farm Families and Community

Impact of ARYA Project on Goat Beneficiaries in terms of Socio-economic Improvement in Banswara District of Rajasthan

Sonika Sharma and RS Rathore

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sirohi


Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Banswara was the locale of the study because initially Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA) project was implemented through KVKs in 25 states of the country. In Rajasthan, Banswara is the only district in which this project was initiated. Under, ARYA project, Goat farming is one of the major aspects chosen for the present study. With this context, the present study has been carried out to know the impact of ARYA project on goat beneficiaries in terms of socio-economic improvement. Results shows that ARYA project had positive and significantly huge impact on all the quantitative such as herd size, body weight, milk yield, income and meat production as there is significant increase in the milk and meat production and other parameters after attending training programmes in KVK for knowledge and skill upgradation. Qualitative variables like employment practices, standard of living, educational status, nutritional security and food security also had a significant change by application of ARYA project interventions etc. By giving family members protein and energy supplements, a gain in income from increased milk and meat production enhances their daily nutritional intake, further ensuring food security and improving their health. Because of easier access to opportunities for education and work, the standard of living also rose. These were the factors that, in the end, guaranteed social security to each person at all tiers of livelihood security. Out of total 120 participants of the study, impact evaluation was done for 60 beneficiaries who have attended all sessions and guidance under training programmes conducted by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Banswara.

IEEC-2023 at RARI (SKNAU, Jobner), Jaipur, Rajasthan organised by Society of Extension Education, Agra, India