Apr 22, 2013

Biodiverse Agri Trainings to Youth (Proj #6265)

Managing Trustee addressing people
Managing Trustee addressing people

 

 

January – March 2013 Report for Biodiverse Agri Trainings to Youth(Proj #6265)

implemented by VOICE Trust, India in collaboration with GlobalGiving, USA

through supports from Friends of Earth in USA, India, Europe.

 

 

 

Agriculture is the backbone for all in society.

 

Such an important Agriculture is getting severe beatings on account of global warming and climate change, besides, less and less economic viability.

 

But, Agriculture has to go on for healthy food, good environment and better economic viability. It is very important that Youth take interest to continue Agriculture.

 

So, Mrs. A. Jecintha spoke to village leaders on February 16, 2013 and appealed to send their young sons and daughters for Biodiverse Agri Trainings to continue Agriculture.

 

The Album with 10 photos relates to Biodiverse Agri tips given to Youth. Seasonality Analysis exercise (Refer photo #4) attracted the Youth. VOICE Team told them to go in for short duration crops (pulses, millets, Vegetables) to adjust to availability of water, so that Agriculture can continue to feed humans and the livestock and also to fetch money for meeting other life needs.

 

Continuity from April 2013

 

10 Youth staying in Siruganur village have shown interest to visit Model Farm of VOICE Trust where 9 models of Organic Manures and Bio Pest Controls are kept. Through them the spread effect is expected during May and June 2013.

 

Finance of Project #6265 closed on 31 March 2013

 

Rs.1,60,525/- (Indian Rupees one lakh sixty thousands five hundred and twenty five) received from Global Giving in January 2011, has been spent during 2011 and 2012. Only Rs.3525/- was left as of January 2013. Even this amount was spent on 31 March 2013. Thus, it is nil balance as of April 1, 2013.

 

To continue or not to continue Project #6265

 

Only if you, Friends of Earth in USA, India and Europe come forward to support this project, VOICE Trust will continue this Biodiverse Agriculture Project. If not, VOICE Trust will be forced to close activities by June 2013.

 

Hence, a Special Appeal is made to you to kindly contribute for Project #6265. Your donations of US $ 10, 20, 50,100 or Euro 10,20,50,100 will ensure continuity of Project #6265. Hence, kindly extend your help and cooperation.

Youth invited Agri Classes
Youth invited Agri Classes
3Women invited-Agri participation
3Women invited-Agri participation
4Seasonality analysis
4Seasonality analysis
5Biodiverse agri planning
5Biodiverse agri planning
6Measuring seed planting
6Measuring seed planting
7Banners
7Banners
8Agri practicals
8Agri practicals
9Waterconservation
9Waterconservation
10Passers youth phamplets reading
10Passers youth phamplets reading
Jan 24, 2013

"Biodiverse Agri Trainings 1500 Youth Project#6265

Implemented By: VOICE Trust, a non-profit social service organization from Tiruchirappalli District,

                             State of Tamil Nadu, India.

 Collaborated By:  Global Giving, Washington D.C., USA.

 Supported By:     Friends of Earth in India, USA and Worldover.

 

                                            Special Activity from October 2012 to January 2013

 

Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India said in his Victory Speech in 1947: “EVERYTHING ELSE CAN WAIT BUT NOT AGRICULTURE”.

 But, today, more than one third of agricultural lands are sold for other than agricultural purposes as seen from News clip of The Hindu Daily of January 17, 2013 (Scanned and attached).

 It is not only fertile farmlands that are being sold but also the rainfed drylands (over two thirds of cultivable land in India) are up for quick sale in VOICE work villages. VOICE Trust has been cautioning stakeholders about this grave danger.

 Efforts to save agriculture is continuing through Project #6265 under Global Giving – VOICE Trust collaboration from October 2010. This is possible only because of supports from Friends of Earth in India, USA and Worldover. A big “THANK YOU” for your help and cooperation.

 VOICE Trust is now concentrating on Plant Protection through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Efforts are on to move to Integrated Farming Systems (IFS). Specific steps are taken in Chilli Crops for effective pest control (Photos of IPM in Chilli in Thuraiyur Area are attached).

 But, it is not easy to continue SAVE AGRICULTURE Programs without your support. Hence, VOICE Trust appeals to you for specific supports fund here below:

  1. Strengthening Youth in Agriculture in 150 work village of VOICE Trust through Working Capital supports to 150 Youth Groups at Rs.5000/- per village (around 100 US $).
  2. Introducing IPM (Integrated Pest Management), ICM (Integrated Crop Management) and IFS (Integrated Farming Systems) at Rs.20000/- per village (around 400 US $).

N.B.: 1. Other supports what VOICE Trust had asked for in September 2010 Open Challenge are continuing to apply besides the above specific needs. More needs are there too like equipments and Team Transportation facilities for SAVE AGRICULTURE Programs.

2. But, right now VOICE Trust is not able to even meet the basic expenditure for the project, because there are no regular supports from most of you. It will be difficult to manage Project #6265 from February 2013.

Hence, VOICE Trust wants to know from you what your decision to continue supports for Project #6265. Please let us know whether VICE Trust can continue Project #6265 from April 2013, the new Financial Year for people in India. Kindly inform your views.

With Best Wishes,

Yours sincerely,

(Mrs. A. Jecintha)


Attachments:
Oct 25, 2012

Followups with 2 women under Project #6265

Greetings from VOICE Trust.

After winning the Global Giving September 2010 Open Challenge, VOICE Trust started to impart Biodiverse  Agri Trainings to Youth in 150 work villages.

After completing the coverage of over 1500 Youth in the first year. Now, the focus in on Follow-up Encounters to strengthen agriculture as a viable economic activity and also as a nature centric creativity to save agriculture. To start with, there are 2 case studies:

1)  Ms. Mekala of C.R. PALAYAM Village, Mannachanallur Union, Trichy District. State of Tamil Nadu, southern India: Rotation of crops adapted. During Kariff Season, paddy is grown. During Rabi season, blackgram, pulses and millets grown. For 8 months in a year, there is cropping. She is happy to work in the field and earn her livelihood. She has 2 months for summer ploughing and seed treatment. The rest of 2 months, she concentrates on village festivals and social functions (Photos attached).

2)  Ms. Bhuvaneswari, Thidir Nagar, Siruganur Panchayat, Trichy District: Low input agriculture techniques followed by her by growing short duration fodder crops and ploughing them back into the soil for enhancing soil fertility. She is saving increasing expenses used by others for fertilizers. She says that such natural manures enhance large scale multiplication of beneficiary microorganisms. (Photos attached)

3)  The International Conference on Biodiversity held in Hyderabad, India was referred to rural Youth for emphasizing the need for more serious steps to survive agriculture through Biodiversity Conservation. (News Paper clippings scanned and attached).

Special Note: It is a difficult task to attract Youth into agriculture. VOICE Team is fighting for this important activities. Hence, your help is sought after through Global Giving.

Yours affectionately,

(Mrs. A. Jecintha)

Managing Trustee/ VOICE Trust

 
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