Suvarna Krishi Honda for Rejuvenating Ground Water
Karnataka is predominantly an agrarian State. 80% of the area depends on the monsoon for agriculture. Quite often even the meagre water from the unpredictable rains just drains away. If the rain water is prevented from draining away and stored properly, the ground water table gets recharged and the crops can get adequate water during critical conditions.
- Recharge and rejuvenate ground water table
- Mitigate drought situations
- Provide water to people and animals during drought situations
- Improve farmers’ economic conditions by encouraging agricultural productivity.
How does a Krishi Honda help a farmer’s all-round economic development?
- Stores water preventing it from draining away. Recharges ground water. Provides a good water source to crops and cattle.
- Farmers can grow horticultural crops such as tamarind, jack, amla, lime and guava around the krishi honda.
- Farmers can also grow Forest species such as jamun, teak, silver oak etc.
, aged 58 Years is from Danayakanapura Village and he belongs to backward community. There are 6 members in his family; his wife and 4 children. He is a small and marginal farmer depending on subsistence farming for his family livelihood. He has one acre of dry land. He is using chemical fertilizers to grow crop. He lives in a semi-arid region where rainfall is erratic and spatial. In this region, farmers are dependent on rainfed crops and cannot expect a good yield / returns on their investment. The last two years were almost drought and farmers met with massive loss because of crop failure and low yield. Ramaiah also didn’t get his returns back. He was almost depressed and planned to migrate to city for his livelihood.
During this period, he attended the meeting organised by SACRED, a NGO in his village. In the meeting SACRED staff members explained farmers about the benefits of Sustainable Agriculture (SA) and how to adapt sustainable practices scientifically. SA assures guaranteed income to the farmer through adapting LEISA (Low external input sustainable agriculture) practices. He was impressed by the topics explained in the meeting. Ramaiah believed, SA practices are the only way to get rid-off from subsistence farming. He approached SACRED to get a detailed knowledge on SA practices.
SACRED noticed Ramaiah’s keen interest towards SA and decided to support him in both technical/ financial way. SACRED gave him trainings in life skills, leadership, capacity building, IGA and awareness about different schemes for SA from state/central government/NABARD.
SACRED facilitated Ramaiah to avail a subsidized loan of Rs.25,50,000 through “Krushi Bhagya “ scheme for building a Polyhouse to practice SA. In the above said amount Rs.12,00,000 was subsidized.
Ramaiah decided to grow commercial crops organically in his Polyhouse and through experts’ advice he decided to grow capsicum. SACRED’s vast knowledge and experience on SA practices supported him to get a good yield i.e. 15 tons for the first crop. Organic products has the huge demand both in western and national market, he was able to get a rate of Rs.50/Kg. His total returns were Rs.7,50,000 of that profit is Rs.1,50,000.
Now Ramaiah is a progressive farmer, leading life happily along with his family. Ramaiah is a leader of farmer’s group and also a role model to the farmers who has lost interest in farming.