Agricultural initiatives

The organization firmly believes that Health is not merely a concern of doctors and service providers but an issue of social justice. Since the beginning the organization has undertaken several initiatives to address the health concerns of the communities. Presently the organization is working mainly on the areas of sexual and reproductive health, HIV, immunization of children and Safe abortion.

Project Title : Agricultural initiatives
Duration : 2011-2012
Supported By :Nalanda


Background

Agriculture is one of the major sectors in context to Bihar. Besides providing livelihood opportunity to larger mass it also contributes to the economy of Bihar. With time and new innovations in this field, the Agriculture sector also needs to be upgraded. Shift from traditional farming to scientific farming is need of the hour. Nalanda district is recognized for its agriculture based economy since time immemorial. The community organization processes with the small and marginal farmers in the lines of collective farming, value addition and widening of livelihood options related to agriculture is raising the hopes of land owning as well as landless communities in Nalanda District of Bihar. GENVP for the agricultural interventions involve the orientation of the farmers on the SRI techniques of farming.

Aspects covered during the training session of farming

Debunking of Myths about paddy cultivation

Under SRI paddy fields are not flooded but kept moist during vegetative phase. Later only one inch water is maintained. SRI requires only half as much as normally applied in irrigated rice.

SRI Technology uses less external Inputs

Under SRI paddy cultivation, less quantity of seeds- 2kg / acre is required. Hence fewer plants per unit area (25 X 25cm) where as in mainstream chemical intensive paddy cultivation requires 20 kg seed per acre.

SRI involves less expenditure on fertilizers & chemicals

  • - In SRI Rice crop grows healthy in natural conditions and its root growth is massive. It receives nutrients from deeper layers of the soil.
  • - SRI is initially labor intensive, once the right skills are learnt and implemented, and the labor costs will reduce.
  • - SRI encourages Rice plant to grow healthy with large root volume, profuse & strong tillers, non lodging, big panicles; more and well filled grains & higher grain weight and resists insects because it allows rice to absorb soil nutrients naturally.