The Project focuses on helping Farmers to get better prices for their produces. Farmers lack technology and know how to process their harvest. Farmers sell Paddy 21$ per Quintal as compared to rice which is available at 60$ per quintal. In the same way Farmers are selling Raw cashew @ 145$ per Quintal and processed Cashew is sold for 1500$ per quintal. The project will enable farmers to process, package and market their produce and develop sustainable income practices.
We have a group of 500 Tribal farmers in remote area of India. This area is also Left Wing extremism affected. We have planted Cashew in their cultivable waste land. Now the plantation is in fruiting Stage and farmers are selling Raw cashew. Raw cashew are sold @145$/quintal against the finished Cashew @1500$/quintal. Due to lack of processing and technical know how farmers are getting 10% of the Price. Thus 90% of the price is distributed among traders and others leaving farmer in distress.
The Project fund received will help farmers and us to: 1.Establish a small processing centre at village level for farmers.Farmer will have ownership of the centre and they will run the unit on cooperative model. 2.To give proper training to farmers to operate unit, market and packaging. 3.To have a small packaging and quality control unit. 4.To get working capital to run the unit at least for an year. 5.To market the produce and by products in an efficient way. 6.To employ locals in unit
1.500 farmers will have their income increased by 3 folds. 2. Better price of crop will help farmers to rise from poverty and distress. 3. Additional income will encourage farmer with better living and adaptation of further new technology in Agriculture. 4 Employment generation at local levels will discourage migration. 5.Cooperative Model of working will make Farmers share responsibilities, Risks and profits together and bringing communities together for a common cause.