Agriculture and Livelihood Programs

Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)


RASS has established Acharya Ranga Krishi Vigyan Kendra (ARKVK) in 1992.  This ARKVK has been established in memory of Veteran Farmers’ Leader, Acharya N.G. Ranga. Designed and funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), ARKVK is intended to bridge the gap between the available agricultural technologies on the one hand and their application for better productivity on the other.  RASS - Acharya Ranga Krishi Vigyan Kendra since its inception had been engaged in delivering location specific and need based training programmes for the farmers of Chittor district in the fields of Agriculture, Horticulture, Home Science, Sericulture and Animal Husbandry. 

Seed Village concept is the highlight among the activities of ARKVK through which the farmers of the district, especially those from eastern mandals, were tuned to harvest some of their groundnut produce for seed purpose and storing it scientifically for the next season.  Some progressive farmers are cultivating latest varieties of groundnut like Tirupati-4, TAG-24, K-6 etc. This concept not only prevented farmers of the district from an intense search for good quality seed but also reduced the cost of cultivation.

ARKVK is promoting System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method for encouraging paddy eco friendly cultivation that minimizes input cost and also increases yield.   To promote soil based cropping, it has set up lab to test the soil and suggest accordingly. ARKVK roped in rural youth into –farm-related avocations through vocational trainings (vermin compost technology, mushroom production, grafting and budding techniques for starting nursery unit, repair and maintenance of agricultural implements and machinery etc.) 







Orissa Tribal Livelihoods Programme


The tribal child development initiative of RASS, undertaken with the support of Aide-et-Action, is the Orissa tribal development project.  The project was conceived in response to the multifarious problems of the children of school age in 211 villages of Koraput district of Orissa State.  The mission of the project is to provide basic needs of 6600 children and their families through promotion of awareness, leadership and participatory planning and implementation of programme inputs through CBOs.  . 

The project is producing meaningful outputs and the response of the target children and families is one of gratitude and happiness.  Overall, one can see that this project resulted in a clear improvement in the physical, emotional, mental and educational development of tribal children in particular and the community in general in the villages under this programme.


Programme Activities



2.Formation and strengthening of 99 village education development committees

3.Establishment of functional literacy centers and provision of adult literacy

4.Non-formal education for school child dropouts

5.Microfinance and micro enterprise development programmes

6.Skill building for youth

7.Linkage with Govt. institutions for incentives and support

8.Strengthening PRIs






Tribal Development Project



NABARD under its Tribal Development Fund assisted RASS to provide holistic services to 1352 tribal families in Chittoor district.  Its started its functioning in 2010.