The program of sustainable agriculture aims
To improve productivity for better food security
To reduce environment degradation
To promote economic growth, both short and long term through
Horticulture, Kitchen Gardens
Multiple cropping, Organic Farm
Vermi-composting & Bio pesticide units
Today the Indian farmer is degrading his land by using chemical fertilizers and pesticides to grow high yielding crops of hybrid ariety. This technique, though high paying for a while, degrades soil at a very quick pace and a few years later the land becomes sterile, saline and devoid of micro-organisms which are absolutely essential for soil conservation. Improved agriculture and productivity for secure livelihoods is a basic outcome of any NRM program. This being the situation, it is very essential that farmers are made aware of the ill-effects of the use of chemicals and hybrid varieties and more importantly that they are brought back to sustainable and low cost methods of agriculture, using organic manure, bio-repellents, local variety of seeds, indigenous, etc. Hence, the Goal of the Sustainable Agriculture Program of ODP is – to improve productivity for better food security and sustainable agriculture for healthy soil longevity.
• Organic manure and vermi-compost preparation.
• Setting up bio-repellent units.
• Developing model plots and model farmers.
• Promoting grain storage for consumption and seeding.
Activities during the year:
100 farmers were given drip irrigation kits and 12 varieties of vegetable seeds for setting up kitchen gardens. They made nursery beds for the seeds and harvested a good yield – which was partly used by them and the excess sold.
20 progressive farmers from Sandanapalya, Prakashpalya, Mariamangala, Mariapura and Thomayarpalya villages have cultivated Ragi, Paddy, Chilly, Turmeric, Maize and Groundnuts in their model plots under demonstration. With the use of bio-repellents, bio-manure and indigenous technology there was better yield.
On 7th of November, a plantation survey was made by a 5 member team of ODP to take stock of the plant survival rate in the acutely drought prone area of Jennur watershed, after 4 to 5 years of plantation. According to the survey, the survival rate of the plants is 45% in dry land and 65% in irrigated lands.
20 farmers were trained in making bio-repellants for different varieties of crops (Pancha kavya, Jeevamrutha and Sasyajanya) and also provided with sprayers for using the bio-repellent effectively. More farmers are now becoming interested in organic farming – which will definitely improve soil fertility and productivity in a few years.
Sustainable agriculture training was given to SHG members at Mariamangalam for 30 members participated.