While most rural farmers of India still follow traditional ways of agriculture—which are often ineffective—and are trapped in the vicious cycle of debt and crop failure, SEED has improved their plight and enhanced their productivity by introducing them to modern techniques of agriculture. To ensure that farmers are regularly up-dated with latest information and innovative methods of farming, we have established Kissan Seva Kendras in many villages. Farmers gain the advantage of a support system and are counseled through regular sessions and dissemination of IEC materials.
In order to bring agricultural information to the doorstep of villagers, we arrange for mobile vans to travel from village to village. In many rural settings, we encourage formation of Farmer’s Clubs where sessions are conducted with agriculture experts, with talks focusing on mushroom farming, organic farming and other highly productive farming techniques. In addition, the farmers are acquainted with various agriculture & entrepreneurial schemes of NABARD and other available government schemes.
Farmers are also made aware of how they can ensure fertility of soil and restore soil health by adopting the practice of vermi-composting. Horticulture development is also given impetus, enabling farmers to enjoy profits all year round by cultivating crops during the off-season as well.
In many villages farm land is set aside for horticulture development, where large plantations are maintained. Based on the suitability of climatic conditions, saplings such as Guava, Jamun, Jack-fruit, Kalaunji and Lemon are planted.
We at SEED are working hard to make the practice of agriculture progressive and productive for the villagers and enable them to improve their standard of living.