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. Recently, Manavlok launched a new project called “Farm Mechanization” which the equipments of Agricultural technology were donated by ADM Cares, USA. Thus, Manavlok adopted a village in ‘Paleskhed’ targeting around 400 farmers for promoting the uses of agricultural technology to minimize agriculture expenditures and increase in productions.
Distribution of Seed and Fertilizers:
This particular activity was taken-up in the developmental aspects to help the vulnerable farmers who are not able to buy basic needs (Seed and Fertilizers) for the forthcoming crop season (Kharif Crop).We invited all the selected beneficiaries on 15th June 2014 and organized small program for the distribution of Seed and Fertilizer. The average cost of seed and fertilizer per beneficiaries is amounted to Rs. 2837.83. 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.
Village Wise Statistic of Distribution of Seed and Fertilizers
Campaign on Organic Compost:
We had Campaign on Organic Compost during 61st AIC Week (All India Cooperative Week) 19th November 2014. This programme was sponsored by Baliraja Co-operative Store and Krubhko. The President of this gathering was Dr. Dwarkadas S. Lohiya (founder of Manavlok). The gathering was addressed by the President of the gathering, Mr. R.P Patil (Field Manager of Krubhako, Beed), and Prof. Arun Gutte (Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krushi Vidyapit, Ambajogai). All the lectures were focusing on the significance, uses, process/methods of organic compost and the sustainability with low cost. This programme was attended by 300 farmers (both male and female).
Agriculture and Environment Development Project :
We are doing not only teaching others for the development of agriculture but we also implement our knowledge practically in our own farm. During Kharif crop season of the current year, we cultivated soya bean crop during Kharif season. And During Rabi Season we cultivated gram crop. Our garden also cultivated a Variety of vegetables seasonally. All the activities of our farm had been implemented with new technologies like BBF machine while sowing, boom sprayer while weeding, harvester while harvesting, etc. Also twenty fruit trees were planted at Bhavthana Center, 33 nursery plants planted at Salegaon Center and 20 plants planted at Yelda Center.
Farm Mechanisation (Accessibility of Farm Equipments to Small Land holders):
The concept of “Farm Mechanisation” for the “Accessibility of Farm Equipments to Small Land holders” was sprouted while dealing with socio-economic issues among marginal and small landholding farmers. Agriculture operations are usually considered as manual labor work/activity mostly in rural part of India. 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. In Dist. Beed of Maharashtra State, Majority of the population among farmers are marginal and small landholding farmers. As far as their socioeconomic concerned they are not in a position to bear the capital cost of the agriculture equipments. Lack of acceptance the modern technology to implement in day to day activity among farmers is also a great challenge. Due to this even the rich farmers do not access farm mechanization. This project targets not only to poor farmers but also the rich farmers for creating sensitivity and awareness among all farmers about the requirement of change in agriculture tradition for positive productivity and sustainable agriculture. Lack of awareness about using of agriculture technology among rural population is one of the causes which lead to poor/poverty among farmers.
Activities under “Farm Mechanisation” during April 2014 to March 2015
Background of the Project:
The Farm Mechanization project came to reality after ADM Cares USA donated all the required agricultural equipments (Tractor, M.B Plough, Cultivator, Rotavator, Broad Bed Furrow (BBF) seed drillers, Boom Sprayer, Harvester, Lesser Land Leveler, TATA Xenon, Trailers, etc), aiming to uplift the socio economic of the marginal farmers (poor farmers) through minimizing their agriculture expenditure and yielding more crops by end to end operation of agriculture technology. The agriculture operation needs to be implemented and completed timely. Likewise, fertilizer applications, pesticide management & weeding through sprayer, Harvesting, etc. are to be done at proper time and appropriate stages.