Tripura is one of the seven sister states of north-eastern India. It is geographically the third smallest state with around 75% of its population relying predominantly on agriculture and allied sectors.
With the intent to facilitate the sustainable development of agriculture and allied sectors through while promoting organic farming in the state, the concept of ‘Bio-Village’ was first introduced by the Directorate of Biotechnology, Government of Tripura in 2018. However, as the initiative evolved, components such as biogas, improved breed of livestock, solar-powered agricultural equipment, energy-saving electrical devices etc were included to broaden the scope of the project in order to make it ‘climate-smart’.
With the fundamental goal of providing sustainable livelihood and food security, the bio-village project largely aims is to ensure holistic socio-economic development among the rural communities through the application of climate-friendly technologies focusing on both mitigation and adaptation. Project components like solar-powered agricultural equipment, energy-saving electrical devices gadgets, biogas and biofertilizers are supporting climate mitigation at the local level. Similarly, components like improved livestock breed, temperature tolerant mushroom cultivation are ensuring a better adaptation to the changing climate. The project also aims to demonstrate compatible sustainable technologies that can also be replicable in other villages within the state.