Activities under MKSP:

 

1) Increased net incomes through NPM and soil fertility Management (INM):
Proposed action aims at increasing net incomes to the women farmers by avoiding chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Non pesticide Management approach will avoid exposure to harmful pesticides and subsequently avoid the associated risks.    

2) Rain water harvesting:
Soil and moisture conservation works such as conservation furrows, trenches all around the field, farm ponds will help in recharging ground water and preventing soil erosion. Integration of livestock will help in managing soil fertility in addition to regular income.  Conservation furrows will be made by using country plough.

3) Capacity building by the community through video films:
Information and Communication Development tools are an important part of capacity building. It is proposed to use “films” as one of the important component in the capacity building. These films will be produced by the community, edited by them and showed to the community. These shall be the local films portraying the best practices of the village. Expert services will be hired to build in the capacities of the community for the same purpose.

4) Organic Certification
Selected farmers from the village (with minimum being 25), will be trained on organic certification practices and documentation.  They will be trained regularly by specialists. At regular intervals, inspection field visits and auditing will be conducted to the group of farmers. In a different set of villages, organic certification through Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) will be promoted. The expertise required for this will be sought from the National Center for Organic Farming (NCOF), Ghaziabad.

5) Food and nutritional Security at house hold level:
Promotion of SRI, 36X36 models, poly crop models, will enhance the household food and nutritional security. NPM shops, custom hiring centers will reduce the drudgery to women farmers in preparation of botanical extracts, supply of implements like weeders reduce drudgery in weeding.

6) Accessing premium prices through Public private partnerships:
Access to premium prices for the pesticide free produce of the women farmers by collaborating with certification agencies and marketing firms

7) Farmer field schools (FFS):
FFS encourage the farmers to do experiments and upgrade the skills of women farmers in farming and allied activities. Further FFS will increase the awareness on usage and recycling of local resources.  FFS will be anchored by decentralized extension functionaries owned and managed by communities. Components that strengthen FFS are Bluefrog mobile application, Community Video films and PGS.

8) Bio Gas and Solar Energy:
The promotion of bio digesters and solar gas is a step towards achieving the energy security in the villages. The bio digesters will be taken up in convergence with the NEDCAP department.  The solar devices will be primarily promoted in the tribal regions.

9) Food Processing:
Minimal food processing like dal mills, flour mills, chilly and turmeric powder units will be promoted in selected villages. Before taking up this activity, a feasibility study shall be conducted. Trainings will be conducted and interested community members shall be selected to manage the enterprise.

10) PoP strategy (0.5 acre):
The PoP Strategy in CMSA is to facilitate the land lease to the landless laborers and promote CMSA in these lands lands.  0.5 acre land will be leased in to these PoP, and they shall do SRI Paddy cultivation in 0.25 acre and 36*36 model or poly crops in the remaining 0.25 acres. 

It was thus designed to achieve two objectives. One is that the PoP family should earn a net income of Rs.50, 000 in a year and second one is by growing all crops ,i.e.  Paddy, vegetables  and pulses , the PoP family shall have food security. Apart from selling the produce, they can save something for their own consumption.

Revolving fund Rs.10 crores will be provided to POP families to access 0.5acre irrigated land on lease. This year 10,000 families will be covered across 22 districts.

11) Aggregation and Marketing by Samakhya: 
The marketing activity by aggregating the produce will be taken up in the selected villages. The infrastructure support and required training support will be given to the community. As this intervention requires scale, this will be taken up at the cluster or mandal level.

12) Models Specific to Tribal Areas:
In tribal areas, crop models with conventional crops and herbs will be designed. These herbal gardens will be taken up with selected farmers in the first year. Marketing tie up for herbs will also be supported.

13) Drudgery Reduction tools:
Drudgery reduction tools like improved SRI weeder, wet grinder for NPM shop etc will be introduced in selected villages. Experiments by the community to come up with different tools will be encouraged.



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