Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP)

Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP)

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

  • Fodder Cultivation,

  • Vermi-composting & Bio pesticide units

  • Grain storage

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.sap

Techniques Promoted:
• 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:
Irrigation kits:
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.

Model plots:
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.

Plant Survey:
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.

Bio-pesticides:

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.

Training:

Sustainable agriculture training was given to SHG members at Mariamangalam for 30 members participated.