On February 3, 2015 VOICE Team made a day long presentation to Young Girls and Boys doing Teacher Training studies at Sri Raja Rajeswari College of Education at Sirugnaur. 66 Youth participated. Power Point Presentation was given on the importance of agriculture and how interest in agriculture is going down and why youth should take up initatives to learn techniques and technologies about ecological farming for saving agriculture which is the life line of all in society.
The Youth were taken round to the nursery garden and different species of trees and plants were shown to them. The ecological benefits and economic returns were explained to them in detail. Many Youth asked for clarifications about sylviculture. They were particularly interested about marketing timber. VOICE Team accepted their wish to market but insisted upon the need to grow trees and plants for enhancing ecological biodiversity which serves as a natural support in pest control through a healthy pest - predator balance.
The vermi compost pits were shown to them and method of vermi culture was explained in detail. The need for recycling farm wastes not only leads to economic gains but also serves as an ecological source of nurient manures. The system with bricks inside the vermi compost pit was accepted as the better option for movement of earth worms.
Shameera Begum has invited VOICE Team to guide her and her family to continue agriculture in 1.5 acre at Pullambadi.
Special meetings with school teachers were planned for introducing nature centric agriculture for school students so that youth are encouraged to join agriculture as a valuable profession.
Mr.Gregory, Project Director of VOICE Trust addressed the school teachers in many places in Trichy and Prambalur Districts. During the powerpoint presentation, the values of agriculture were explained.
One Biotechnology graduate has come forward to join VOICE Trust to work out methods for preparation of bio, inputs. This will give a welcome signal to many more youth.
Special Appeal: Continued supports to needed from you for strengthening more and more youth in agriculture. We reproduce following details for your client consideration.
Kindly strengthen Agriculture by your supports for Youth in parts of State of Tamil Nadu, India.
1.Training for Collage Students on September 22,2014
120 Students of M.A.M Collage of Education were given class about basics in agriculture. The alarming situation of shrinking in agricultural area in the past 10 years upto 21 % was debated. 42 Students came forward to join agricultural activities promoted by VIOCE TRUST. They will do so after exams in 2015.
2.Training for Women from 35 Panchayats (Local Governance Unit ) on September 29,2014
35 Women from Siruganur, PitchandarKovil and Iyyappalyum Areas of Manchanullur Block in Trichy District were given trainings about preparation of Bio-Manures, Bio-Pest Repellents and Value Added Products. Models in VOICE Trust were shown to them. VOICE Team is following up in villages.
3.Prepration of Revised Papers for Project # 6265 :
Many rounds of discussions took place during July-September 2014 Period. Women and Men of Farming Communities, Youth interested in agriculture and other stakeholders gave their opinions. Happy to present the papers for your kind perusal.
Thanks to you dear Friends of Earth from India, USA and Worldover for supporting Project # 6265
“Bio-diverse Agri Trainings to 1500 Youth every year”
As of July, 2014 we have completed 6668 Youth through Project # 6265 started from October 2010. True, there is coverage. Still, discovery of innovations for Biodiversity Agriculture is urgently needed. Hence, an evaluation meeting with Students of Agriculture College was made on June 9, 2014.(photo)
It was great encouragement to receive Ms. Neeharika (Neha) Tummala – the representative from Global Giving on July 10, 2014. She visited the training facility and saw compost models and bio pest repellents. She interacted with trained Youth. She also saw model farm of VOICE Trust (photo)
22 interested Youth of Maniyankurichi Village, Mannachanallur Block, Trichy District came for special training on July 20, 2014 in Country Corn Field. Nutrient management techniques were explained to them. Practical hints for Water Conservation and for maintaining Pest-Predator balance were shared by VOICE Team.
For special consideration by Global Giving and Friends of Earth in India, USA and Worldover
Besides training for 6668 Youth during 2010 to 2014 period being major component of this project, need for smaller and effective follow-up activities are proposed by Youth and others associated. Hence, VOICE Trust is proposing to modify the name of the Project and take follow-up actions.
Proposals for consideration by Global Giving and Friends of Earth in India, USA and Worldover
1. Start-up activities for seed bank to preserve indigenous varieties which withstand local conditions.
2. Preparation of Organic Manures by 4 Youth per village for supply to Nature Centric Farms.
3. Preparation of Bio Pest Repellents by 6 Youth per village to support Organic Farms in Trichy District.
VOICE Trust requests Friends of Earth from India, USA and Worldover to endorse the above proposals
Progress Report for Project # 6265 (January – March 2014)
Biodiverse Agri Trainings for Youth
In the 1980s, Workers in Agriculture were around 70%
In the 2010s, they are only 49% (Nearly one third has left Agriculture)
This dangerous down fall has to be stopped by involving more Youth in Agriculture
Repeated arguments is “ If no workers, switch over its machines.
But, Biodiverse Agriculture which provides Nutrition, Food, requires human labour.
That is why, VOICE Trust is continuing activities under Project # 6265.
1) January 1, 2014: VOICE Team joined the Funeral Services of Mr.G.Nammalvar, the Founder of Organic Farming in Tamilnadu. He died on 30th December 2013. He was buried at Vanagam Farm in Karur District on 01.01.2014.
2) February 2, 2014: Youth from TOSS (Team Of Social Service) visited the Human Resource Development Training Centre of VOICE Trust in Siruganur Village and took Trainings in Organic Manures / Pest Controls.
3) February 7, 2014: 78 Youth from Perambalur District listened to VOICE Team about the urgent need to run agriculture. 24 of them opted for voluntary works in VOICE Trust’s work villages.
4) March 21, 2014: World Forest Day was observed in Irungalur Village. Project Director of VOICE Trust addressed the school students and distributed seedlings of different spicies.
Thanks to Friends of Earth for supporting Project # 6265. Because of help from some of you, Project activity and revised. Definitely, help from other Friends are urgently needed.
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