AGRICULTURE INTERVENTION:

Journey of organic farming: -

In order to enhance the productivity of existing crop, to convert single crop farm land into double & multi cropping and to provide irrigation to mostly rain fed agriculture under AAEM, Boudha an agriculture intervention is taken up in Harbhanga Block. After series of discussion with farmers, agriculture-experts and allied departments it was decided to take up organic farming which is eco-friendly, sustainable and affordable by poor and marginal farmers. The organic farming process followed as of now has three process namely organic seed treatment/Priming, usage of Pot medicine (Organic medicine) and Khajarakhata (Bio fertilizer) in all stages.

 

Objective of organic farming

  • To enhance the productivity of existing crop
  • To convert farm land from single crop to double and multi cropping 
  • To introduce farming methods which is eco-friendly, sustainable and affordable by poor farmers? 
  • To cover rain fed agriculture areas. 
  • To cover those areas where people comparatively poor and are dependent on agriculture & Forest. 
  • To reduce migration & mitigation of starvation.

Team Structure:-

  • 3 nos. of Jansathi 1 no. of  Jr. Coordinator 1 no of Coordinator for handholding  support as and when required
  • Agriculture expert for providing technical inputs and orientation to the field functionaries as well as to the farmers
  • 2 nos. of District level Executives for operationalizing the process, follow-up and documentation

Process of entire journey: -

  • Peoples from Harabhanga demanded for solution to agriculture problems during sanghathan meetings along with along pertaining issues.
  • Keeping in mind the demand from common people Atmashakti members discussed the issue with agri-experts. The agriculture experts suggested and decision was taken to promote organic farming. Adim Adivasi Ekta Manch, Boudha the partner organization was responsible for taking up the intervention further.
  • Survey format was formulated after long deliberation among members of OSM, Atmashakti, AAEM and agri experts. Survey format was designed to ascertain the status of farmers, livelihood pattern, previous year income, input costs etc. 
  • The survey was conducted by the Jansathis with continuous supervision from Junior Coordinator, OSM and Atmashakti. The jansathis were oriented on the survey format as well about our objectives before starting of survey.
  • The survey data was collated, complied and analyzed by OSM and Atmashakti. The finding from analysis is given in another page below.
  • Through the survey the interested farmers were identified for organic farming in 8 villages and accordingly initial intervention was taken in 8 villages.
  • Orientation training to interested farmers on organic farming was conducted by AAEM Boudh. The training was conducted by Mr Parija an organic farming expert.
  • The farmers were trained on Seed treatment & Priming, application of Khajarakhata & Pot Medicine.
  • Constant handholding by the field level staff like jansathi & junior coordinator were given to farmers on regular basis. On each stage farmers were encouraged, supported and collectively mobilized to follow stages of organic farming. 
  • Senior team members from OSM & Atmashakti visited the field to find out the progress and challenges faced by farmers and sorted out immediate concerns. They use to give field visit reports for circulate among team members for knowledge sharing and peer review of progress. 
  • The agri culture expert Mr Parija has visited time & again to field. He used to discuss with famers and guide them. His number was circulated among farmers so that they can call him any time to get advice.
  • Process documentation at each stage.

Challenges: - 

1- Dropout of farmers in 2nd-Phase

  • Due to free grazing
  • Lack of irrigation facilities
  • Lack of willingness among the farmers

2-Poor performance of MGNREGA in the operational area

3-Lack of support from the agriculture department

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