Enhancing livelihood situation of small farmers in flood affected areas of Eastern Uttar Pradesh
Unpredictability and variability of climate is a growing concern of hundreds and thousands of conventional agriculturists. Degrading eco-systems, lack of control of farmers over market, high inputs costs are major disincentives to sustainable agriculture practices. With the support of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, GEAG attempted to unpack agricultural problems of farmers in flood- affected areas of Eastern Uttar Pradesh.
The Project came out with startling facts which could be packaged into making of a new agriculture programme for flood-affected areas. The Project also recommended some key innovative low and zero-cost techniques which can reduce 40 per cent input cost of agriculture and increase land productivity.
Following were the major impacts of the project:
- Successfully raised 8,400 low external input and functional agriculture models
- 19,000 odd farmers adopted low external input sustainable agriculture (LEISA) practices
- Increased crop intensity by 50-70%
- Reduced dependency on fertilizers by 40% thus cracked the myths about use of chemicals and synthetic fertilizers
- 13 new crop varieties of cereals, legume and vegetable were introduced
- Micro-credit activities reduced farm-related indebtedness of 5,367 women farmers through promotion of 473 SHGs
- Increased access of 11,000 households to various government schemes like ATMA, NHM, NFSM and RKVY enabled to cross threshold of technical know-how, benefitting 2,58,415 population