AMHI AMHCYA AROGYASATHI(NODAL AGENCY FOR VIDARBHA REGION, MAHARASHTRA)(SIX MONTHLY REWIEW OF VIDHARBHA WORK)
SUMMERY AmhiAmchayaArogyasathi is the nodal organisation as well as implementing organisation working for the welfare of society in tribal belt of Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts since 25 years. Organisation has always supported and promoted organic and eco-friendly farming in the past. Our partner organization GraminYuvaPragatikMandalBhandara has been working on popularization of ecofriendly and sustainable farming and for the welfare of farmers from 1997. Concept of SRI and association with SDTT .
BACK GROUND OF THE PROJECT
Vidarbha is the Major Paddy cultivator of Maharashtra
Difficulties faced by local farmers
Dependability of farmers on
* Nature * External agencies
SRI excellent solution to the worsening
Condition of famers * Low input * Effective utilization of natural recourses * High yield
Initiatives by SDTT, AAAS and GYPM
BACK GROUND OF THE PROJECT A demonstration program of SRI was taken in 2009 with 104 farmers in 2010. AAAS and GYPM by the virtue of immense response to the program it was extended to nearly 3000 farmers covering more than 1300 acres of land in 4 four major rice producing districts (Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli) of Vidarbha .
SRI GOEGRPHICAL EXPANSION CHANDRAPUR BHANDARA GADCHIROLI GONDIA
FULFILMENT OF OBJECTIVES Focus area- Small and marginalized farmers Why ? Potential of SRI program in bringing sustainable livelihood Vulnerability of the above to external factors Social models for effective implementation Farmers club Self help groups (SHGs) Other agencies NABARD Local govt. bodies Agriculture dept.
PROJECT IMPLIMENTATION For the effective and smooth implementation of the program above way was chosen Appointment of staff which included
Technical expert (1)
Assistant project coordinator(1)
Account cum MIS officer (2)
Unit incharge (16)
SRI VLRP (97)
Preparation of training material
Documentaries on SRI
SRI slide show
3) Capacity building at various levels
Trainings of SRI NGO and unit incharge (4)
Trainings of VLRP (3)
Village level training of farmers (105)
SDTT AAAS GYPM
STRATERGIES FOR EVALUATION Collection of data-Filling of Management Information System formats Internal and external evaluation visits Surprise field visits Case studies
OUR INITATIVES Organic farming Distribution of Biofertilizers Effective use of available biomass
Rapid decomposition technique
Analogue to urea briged ( cow dung capsules).
OUR INITIATIVES Agriculture intensification System Considering the impact of SRI on paddy cultivation, we are also planning to use the principles of SRI i.e. Agricultural Intensification System for other vital grains such as millets. For the very purpose we are taking trials on Kutki(PanicumPsilopodium).
CHALLENGES AHEAD Nature Lack of awareness Rigidness of the farmers Negative marketing of SRI system from some elements.
IMPACT Increase in popularity of SRI cultivation technique in farmers of Vidarbha. Decreased dependency of farmers on external factors, Although there were untimely rains which created friendly atmosphere for pest causing heavy damage to crops all around the region but damage on the SRI crop was marginal. Increase in soil fertility and crop quality as whole. Effective use of inputs Better cost benefit ratio. Hope for cleaner environment. The technique has crossed the boundaries of project area and is gaining wide spread popularity from farmers across the region.