In Marathwada, only an annual income of Rs. 10,000 to 12,000 per acre was granted to conventional crops such as cotton and soya. Coupled with a history of droughts, the source of agricultural distress, hunger, and suicides in the area was low wages. The path forward was to change cropping practices to remunerative crops.
We have been working with farmers to launch a campaign for wealth, development and income multiplication. Our emphasis was on modern agriculture, cutting-edge technology and processes in the supply chain. Some of India’s top specialists, agronomists, prosperous producers, agro-industries, and scholars have fueled our strategy.
In order to create a scale for creative marketing, direct-to-customer sales, exports, purchasing agreements, and tie-ups, one million fruit trees were planted to create a scale to allow package houses and processing units of all sizes to be set up while adding value to the produce and increasing the farmers’ incomes in Marathwada.
Practices of organic farming eliminate waste, save water, decrease soil degradation, improve soil fertility and use less energy. For local birds and livestock as well as people who live next to fields, cultivating without pesticides is even safer. Global Parli gave biogas plants to six farmers. Vasant Manikrao Nagargoje is a farmer among them, who grows Drumstick on his land.
For the processing of slurry that is used in organic farming, biogas plants are used. 20 litres of slurry per week is provided by the biogas facility. In producing a waste-decomposer used as a fertilizer, this slurry is used. Addition, for a family of four, the plant still provides enough gasoline, helping them save money on cooking gas. Comparison, instead of the conventional chulas using charcoal, it also allows them to use safer fuels.
This slurry is used by Nagargoje to spray 2.5 acres of his field a week, thus reducing his fertiliser and pesticide costs. He has also found that since he began using this organic slurry, the crop yield from his land has improved.
Global Parli is encouraging farmers to install biogas plants so they can produce chemical-free farm products and use clean cooking gas to reduce the impact on the #environment.
Written By: Gayathri Chandran