The majority of population in our society is farmers and the economy is depending on agriculture productions. Developments in agriculture will improve the socio-economic issues among farmers. Thus, MANAVLOK focuses on conducting awareness and trainings – soil testing, seed treatment, pest management and good agricultural practice.During the 1993’s unfortunate Latur earthquake, various agriculture implement distribution in which Pick axes, spades and tin baskets, Spray pumps, Ploughs, Drinking water storage tanks for cattle etc. were given by MANAVLOK in which more than 1500 families from 34 villages were benefited combined.
A. Krushak Panchayat:
MANAVLOK initiated many projects for farmers to uplift their socio-economic and formed Krushak Panchayat (Farmers’ Club) during 1983. There are around 1428+ members and approximately 30,000 beneficiaries since its commencement. For these member we created awareness and given various trainings. This Krushak Panchayat (KP) has changed into SHGs during 2006. Through this activity we could see much progress in the community and the beneficiaries also slowly developed socially and economically. And we are happy to say that due to development, the number of members of KPs/SHGs is decreasing slowly. Also it creates self-confidence and leadership among the vulnerable groups of society. Now many members of this group become leader in the community like Gram Panchayat Members, Cooperative Society’s Members, etc.Currently, there are various SHG’s working under our department Krushak Panchayat.
Presently we are focusing on the marginal farmers to be free from money lenders. These marginal farmers are finding financial difficulties to buy seed-fertilizers, sprinkler-drip irrigation sets for agriculture activities. They have no accessibility of agriculture loan from bank due to several reasons. Therefore they are tends to fall into the trap of money lenders. As per the requirement of these marginal farmers we provide them seeds-fertilizers, sprinkler-drip irrigation sets on a reasonable rates compared to the market rates. Without recovery officer, the capital amount along with the two Percent interest rate is recovered 100% successfully.
B. ProductionEnhancement Project (SIF):
MANAVLOK has implemented several projects for improving per acre production and productivity of major crops in beneficiary villages. Along with ADM Cares, we worked for the enhancement of Soybean production, productivity and better price for farmers.
The Drumstick cultivation project was implemented by Save Indian Farmers (SIF) and MANAVLOK in Maharashtra (Beed, Parbhani) and Andhra Pradesh. This activity was implemented in 55 acres of land in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
MANAVLOK also worked for development of desi Sorghum/Jowar crop. MANAVLOK has also worked for the development of Custard Apple and Guava as well as all other major crops of beneficiary villages.
MANAVLOK believes in adoption of modern technologies for better production. So, we also supported many farmers for Green House, Shed net House establishment.
C.FPO/FPC Formation and Support:
Farmer Producer Organisation/Companyis a corporate body for the increasing production, harvesting, procurement, grading, pooling, handling, marketing, selling, export of primary produce of the Members or import of goods or services for optimum benefit of farmer at lowest possible cost of cultivation.
With the help of IEEE Pune, MANAVLOK is implementing this project in Beed district to support various initiatives related to Affordable Agriculture creating a favorable and collaborative ecosystem for driving initiatives for the benefit of small and marginal farmers.
D. Distribution of Seeds and Fertilizers:
This particular activity is taken-up in the developmental aspects to help the vulnerable farmers who are not able to buy basic needs (Seed and Fertilizers) for the coming crop season (Kharif-Rabi Crop). We are proud to see our beneficiaries make use of the schemes properly on time; they started working in their field without borrowing money for buying seed and fertilizers.
E. Organic Farming
Organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production that involves much more than choosing not to use pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones etc. This provides attentive care that promotes the health and meets the behavioral needs of livestock. It also helps in maintaining environment health by reducing the level of pollution. It reduces human and animal health hazards by reducing the level of residues in the product. It helps in keeping agricultural production at a higher level and makes it sustainable. MANAVLOK is supporting farmers to bring more area under organic cultivation.
Since its early days, MANAVLOK is continuously assisting farmers for NADEP Compost, Earthworm Compost Pits etc. Recently, MANAVLOK is trying to spread the technology of “Shivansh Composting”.
F. Farm Mechanization (Accessibility of Farm Equipment’s to Small Land Holders):
The concept of “Farm Mechanisation” for the “Accessibility of Farm Equipment’s to Small and marginal Land holders” was sprouted while dealing with socio-economic issues among them. The system of agriculture manual labor outcomes ineffective production/yield crops due to inability of timely perform activity for instances late-sowing, late-weeding, late-harvesting, etc. However, there are scanty availability of labors and excessive expenditure on labor. Therefore, farmers especially among the marginal and small landholding farmers have immense problems in rural areas. As far as their socioeconomic concerned they are not in a position to bear the capital cost of the agriculture equipment’s. Lack of acceptance the modern technology to implement in day to day activity among farmers is also a great challenge. This project targets all farmers for creating sensitivity and awareness about the requirement of change in agriculture tradition for positive productivity and sustainable agriculture. From 2015 onwards, MANAVLOK provided support in more than 100 villages of Beed district for Farm Mechanisation by availing farm machinery on very nominal rents.
The Farm Mechanization project came to reality after ADM Cares USA donated all the required agricultural equipment’s (Tractor, M.B Plough, Cultivator, Rotavator, Broad Bed Furrow (BBF) seed drillers, Boom Sprayer, Harvester, Lesser Land Leveler, TATA Xenon, Trailers, etc.).
G. Animal Care:
MANAVLOK works for the good health of farm animals by conducting different activities like
Vaccination camp, we also provide help to farmers to raise their animals by providing them help during drought and scarcity times. We also successfully ran animal shelters during drought period. We are also conducting activities like hydroponics(process of raising the plant, fodder in water, without soil).
Milch Animal Distribution: A large number of farmers in India depend on animal husbandry for their livelihood. In addition to supplying milk, meat, eggs, wool, their castings (dung) and hides, animals. Thus, animal husbandry plays an important role in the rural economy. Considering this, MANAVLOK is continuously trying to support small, marginal farmers and landless labors for income through animal husbandry. On many occasions MANAVLOK is involved in distribution of milch cows, goats, buffaloes etc.
H. Nursery or Ropwatika
This activity is implemented in Agriculture Department of the organization. Ropwatika is employed in 5 places namely Organization’s headquarter at Ambajogai and organization’s sub-centers, namely Patoda, Pisegaon, Bhavathana, Poos etc. where various saplings are available in this area under the nursery. We provide these well grown, healthy saplings to farmers at very nominal rate.
I. Drought Resilience
Beed district in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra is a drought prone district with dry black soils suited to cotton. It is a hilly terrain with dryland ecosystems. The area has hard-rock aquifers which make groundwater relatively expensive to access. TNC and MANAVLOK would further like to work towards long-term goals of building a body of field research on dryland ecosystems and the services of value for agriculture and using ecosystem-based solutions to facilitate the farmers’ management of drought risk. TNC and MANAVLOK would also like to work on influencing drought policy through interdisciplinary collaborations and action research around Decision Support Systems and Early Warning Systems for Droughts in India, and research on a framework for “Ecological Droughts”.