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Paddy farming is the major source of livelihood for tribal
farmers and it is their staple food also. Because of traditional
methods employed for paddy farming, these tribal farmers always
used to bear loss. To impart information regarding new techniques
in paddy farming, Janaseva Foundation vowed to provide them a
four-fold training. Farmers who opted for four-fold method had an
exponential rise in their paddy yield. The method yielded
marvellous results everywhere. Till date, the foundation has
trained over 5000 tribal farmers in this four-fold technique.
Janseva Foundation chose Maharashtra and Gujarat as its work area. Along with seven districts of Maharashtra and four districts of Gujarat, the tribal farmers from Dadra and Nagar Haveli were chosen for training. Eight agricultural scientists along with karyakartas laid the foundation for this project. Among them, Dr Y Daftardar started working as a full time karyakarta. Dr N K Sawant, founder of the four-fold method also used to accompany the farmers during training.
1)Utilizing the filth obtained in paddy production as manure (Silica is obtained from the ash).
2)Planting glyricidia around dams and using its leaves as manure.
3)Planting saplings at some specific distance from each other.
4)Dumping urea-DAP tablets to a greater depth in the field.
Janaseva Foundation karyakartas propagated this four-fold method in many villages of Maharashtra. They also designed a bricket manufacturing machine. Local fabricators were also given training for manufacturing such machines. Bricket manufacturing training was also given to women and youths of self help groups. Thus the brickets were readily available to the farmers and self-help groups also got the source of employment.
The foundation kept in constant touch with Maharashtra Government. The government also realized the importance of this method. Government made the propagation of this four-fold method as its own programme and implemented it in all the paddy growing districts of Maharashtra. Thus the technique reached up to the lakhs of tribals as well as villagers. Bricket machines were given to a lot of self-help groups along with subsidy. Through Janaseva Foundation, the technique reached up to 5000 villagers and with the government’s scheme, the circumference of propagation still widened.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli Union Territory, 396 230, India
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