Learning & Directions
We have in the last 5-6 years arrived at a model for interventions and assistance for a “Sustainable Livelihood” model for the poor rural farmers.
Some of the Learning / Achievements we have had so far:
- Awareness, Training programs, regular touch and follow-up are critical to understanding the issues, gain the confidence and support and farmers and partner with them to get results.
- Quality Seeds is the first step to raise crop productivity. And quality seeds have to be used with proper associated agronomic techniques.
- Certified seeds have increased yield by 12.4%
- Shamayita Math produced TL seeds have shown similar increases in yield.
- Hybrids under control conditions increase yield by 16%
- SRI in the right situation increases yield by 25%
- Improved agronomy can contribute up-to 15-20% increase in production.
- Choice of high value vegetables makes a major difference in the farmer’s income.
- Polyhouse grown healthy seedlings have given better results.
- Pulses and oil seed cultivation have interested the farmers.
- Grain Banks partially help in crisis periods of food shortage.
- Re-excavation of ponds increases area for cultivation during Rabi season by a factor of 10-12 times. Fish cultivation further supplements income.
Some of the Directions we have set for the Future for ourselves:
- Increase out outreach in terms of No. of Farmers and Land area under cultivation.
- Focus on augmenting irrigation sources through re-excavation of ponds, micro irrigation facilities.
- Develop a balance between Rice (staple) & Vegetable cultivation such that farmers are assured of their staple crop as well as earning avenues from vegetables.
- Provide better marketing linkages for crops and vegetables produced.
- Invest on seed multiplication program to ensure that farmers do not face a situation of shortage of quality seeds.
- Create smaller “Krishi Kendra” to cater to smaller clusters.
- Strengthen Animal Husbandry programs for supplemental income.
- Design and implement programs for greater participation of women in agricultural development programs.
Organize farmer’s groups as a cooperative to
- Collectively adopt improved practices
- Procure inputs and share equipment and experiences
- Look after soil and water conservation
- Fetch better prices for produce in the market
- Become self- reliant in production of Rice and Vegetable seeds
Through our direct, varied and intense experiences with the rural poor farmers – we are continually looking at evolving this model and making sustainable livelihood more and more predictable for the participant-beneficiaries of our programs.
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