HELP FOR ORGANIC FARMING CENTERS IN RURAL AREAS OF RAYACHOTI
HRWDS takes up the challenge of generating awareness on the dangers of conventional agriculture, training on organic farming as an alternative method and follow ups to ensure proper implementation and sharing information for sustainability. The target beneficiaries are the small scale holders who are most affected by the prohibitive cost of agricultural production and the escalating land degradation through contamination by toxic inputs and loss of fertility through erosion. The project therefore is aimed at enhancing food security and farmer’s participation in environmental conservation for sustainable production during our lifetime and for the future generations.
Introduction and Location:
Heena Rural Women Development Society (HRWDS) is a registered non-governmental organization (NGO). The organization’s main offices are located at RAYACHOTI Town, in Kadapa District. It was founded in 1998 as a farmer’s training program in Kadapa and became a full NGO in 2001 covering nearly ten (10) mandals in the Kadapa district.
HRWDS’s Mission Statement:
HRWDS is committed to promoting sustainable development initiatives particularly amongst the poor small scale farmers in the Central Region and other adjacent areas through participatory and innovative practices.
HRWDS envisions a just self-reliant community of men and women who are social-economic and environmentally conscious and sustainable Core Values In order to serve the community better, HRWDS- KADAPA is guided by the following core values; Hard work, Integrity, Teamwork, Learning Growth and Sustainability.
Long Term Goal:
Build the community capacity to secure their own food, nutrition, and income at the household level to alleviate poverty. HRWDS mainly focuses on sustainable improvement of livelihoods of small scale farmers through sustainable agriculture and in particular organic farming, a system of farming using locally available materials to improve the soil, yield, and farmer’s standards of living.
The strategic plan of the organization is to empower the local people with knowledge to harness their potential in order to raise their living standards and to make them healthy and environmentally conscious.
The objectives are as outlined below:
- To bring awareness of the dangers of conventional farming based on synthetic external inputs.
- To train interested farmers groups on organic farming techniques and practices in order to reclaim the ecological status of the project area and achieve sustainability in food
- To monitor and follow up trained farmers to ensure compliance with the learned organic farming techniques and
- To assist farmers to acquire managerial skills
In order to achieve the organization’s strategic goal and objectives, the following activities will be implemented.
- Awareness Creation
- Follow-Ups & extension
- Exchange Visits
- Sharing and Networking
- Evaluation and Reporting
This project primarily targets small scale farmers who form over 70% of the region’s population and 65% of them being women. The specific areas will be SUNDUPALLI, LAKKIREDDYPALLI, GALIVEDU, CHINNAMANDEM, SAMBEPALLI, RAMAPURAM
Mandals, which have been by participation identified as priority areas for the proposed project period.
2.0 Introduction :
The key characteristics of organic farming include
|1||Protecting the long term fertility of soils by maintaining organic matter levels, encouraging soil biological activity, and careful mechanical intervention;|
|2||Providing crop nutrients indirectly using relatively insoluble nutrient sources which are made available to the plant by the action of soil micro-organisms;|
|3||Nitrogen self-sufficiency through the use of legumes and biological nitrogen fixation, as well as effective recycling of organic materials including crop residues and livestock manures;|
|4||Weed, disease and pest control relying primarily on crop rotations, natural predators, diversity, organic maturing, resistant varieties, and limited (preferably minimal) thermal, biological and chemical intervention;|
|5||The extensive management of livestock, paying full regard to their evolutionary adaptations, behavioral needs, and animal welfare issues with respect to nutrition, housing, health, breeding, and rearing;|
|6||Careful attention to the impact of the farming system on the wider environment and the conservation of wildlife and natural habitats.|
HRWDS takes up the challenge of generating awareness on the dangers of conventional agriculture, training on organic farming as an alternative method, and follow-ups to ensure proper implementation and sharing information for sustainability. The target beneficiaries are the small scale holders who are most affected by the prohibitive cost of agricultural production and the escalating land degradation through contamination by toxic inputs and loss of fertility through erosion. The project, therefore, is aimed at enhancing food security and farmer’s participation in environmental conservation for sustainable production during our lifetime and for future generations.