Programmes and projects implemented in promoting the use of biotechnological processes and tools for the benefit of target community helped in creation of platform for employment generation and socio-economic empowerment of these communities. R&D component addressed in social development projects helped in the refinement and validation of technology. Rural bio-resource complexes implemented helped in creation of the entrepreneurship development through utilisation of local bio-resources. Few beneficiaries have set up their units and are selling their products in local market with good returns. Initiatives on Women Health, Hygiene & Nutrition are also being taken up at the community level.
The department has taken bold initiatives on the establishment of rural bio-resource complexes in the country with an aim to utilize rural bio-resources in a more meaningful and sustainable manner and to create large number of avenues for the rural community. The concept was supported with an end to end approach and integrated networking, sharing resources, funding and benefits from state resources with technological innovations and S&T and BT inputs. As such DBT has established five Rural Bioresource Complex (RBCs) at State Agriculture Universities viz. UAS, Bangalore: MAU, Prabhani, HAU, Hissar, GBPAU&T, Pant Nagar and OUAT, Bhubaneswar. An impact assessment study has indicated that RBCs have done good job in extending recent interventions to the community an all the research institutes have done their work precisely, as it facilitates employment generation and also is the source of additional income for the community and women empowerment. The RBC projects were implemented in a holistic manner to benefit the rural community through sustainable and judicious utilisation of bio-resources.
The department continued supporting bio-events to exhibit Krishi & Krishuk activities and promote product development at the rural level by bringing awareness among the rural population on various enterprising activities viz., bio-fertilisers; bio-pesticides; sericulture; aquaculture; mushroom cultivation; spirulina production; vermicomposting; floriculture; animal husbandry; cultivation of medicinal and other economically important plants, waste utilisation; marine resources; value added products and processing. Nine such bio-events were organised in various parts of the country. Besides farmers various NGO’s and agencies dealing with sanitation, health management and agro service centers etc. participated in these events. The success of Bio-events has been praiseworthy as more than lakhs of farmers have participated including scientists and extension personnel.