81 Agriculture Students and 2 Professors from Imayam Institute Of Agriculture And Technology spent 3 hours in Manniyakurichi Village in Mannachanalur Block to discuss the past and the present and to plan for the future development. Children, youth and elders made drawings in a common ground with different colors to mark the existing fields, water bodies, houses , buildings, roads and other structures. Many elders spoke about the green past when they had good rains with which they cultivate mostly food crops. Youth expressed disappointment that they do not have many employment opportunities with the village and so they have to think of migrating to ours for jobs. Children wanted more greening and water facilities to enjoy nature.
They also conducted surveys around the villages and many farmers complained about 3 things. Climate change, quality of seeds and lack of resource for producing manures. Students assured that they will help them with possible ways. They also conducted a comparitive study on budget planning in agriculture. What materilas can be bought within the village and which needs to be purchased from outside and its cost structure, how to balance fluxuations in cost. These were the things discussed among them.
Looking forward for more Youth collaborations in Agriculture.
After 9 years, project number 6265 started in October 2010 with help from Friends of Earth all over the world through Global Giving is beginning to recognize youth as supporters of modern techniques to achieve sustainability in Agriculture.
The first instance is about the growing of Spirulina as an additive food for cows and other animals as well as fishes. This way, resource-poor small farmers can use their farmlands in a productive way and also substantiate the health of cattle which support them in sustainability in agriculture. But, youth find it difficult to start this venture which will cost them initially around 4315 USD. We told Youth that will inform friends all over the world through Global Giving
The second instance is cost-effective preparation of inputs needed for enhancing soil fertility through compost manures and for control of pests through herbal extracts. VOICE Team had started the supply of 15 different types of herbal plants for Youth to grow in their places for making enriched manures and effective pest control solutions. This may be a small venture money wise but big support for farmers fighting against climate change and decrease in returns.
VOICE Team has taken a bold decision to go forward in these 2 ventures with the strong hope that friends of earth from all over the world will support through Global Giving
The future of farming may very well lie in progress, economic interventions, sustainability. But none of these approaches will succeed without buy-in from those who matter most – the farmers themselves. To be specific, young farmers, who are the future of farming.
25 Youngsters have requested for training on Agriculture. We have started by giving awareness of the importance of agriculture. How agriculture has effects on the Environment. What are the benefits of Agriculture? Why Youth have to enter Agriculture. What is the status of Agriculture in the next generation? These were the main topics discussed during the program.
We have prepared more than 9 models as organic fertilizers and pest repellents.
15 more students from Holy Cross College have agreed to come to see the organic models and learn how to implement them in Agriculture.
Mrs. R. Victoria explained how organic and non-organic products show an impact on one's health.
We are very eager to train more Youth and bring in more Youth into Agriculture with your help and support.
In our NGO programme of 10 days, we have learned about various aspects, projects taken over by NGO, Voice Trust.
We have visited the farmers' field at purathakudi, thiruvellarai, edhumalai for a survey. We have divided ourselves into three groups and went to the villages. We were guided by the staffs i.e..Arunagiri sir (guided us in practical classes), Pushparaj sir (taught us about "on the field balance"), and Victoria mam (how to analyse results of participatory rural appraisal).
PRA technique was conducted in Purathakudi village. We were guided by Arunagiri sir and Victoria mam. We have drawn the social map of the village, Resource map (find out the availability of resources in a village), Seasonal calendar (when to plant a crop and what is the right time for harvesting), Transect walk. We have also interacted with the village people says Vetri, second-year B.Sc., Agri student.
Great news that villages are inviting Youth trained in biodiverse agriculture to visit them and start the many processes for economic sustainability and ecological well being in life. The first process is organizing Participatory Rural Appraisal(PRA) for involving all in the local community to speak out what was done in the past, what are the difficulties in the present and what all could be done in the future for strengthening bio diverse agriculture. This was done in Thirupanjeeli village twice during July 2018 with help of trained Youth and agriculture students coming to learn in VOICE Trust work villages.
The next process will be seasonality analysis, resource mapping and climate adaptation. Other processes will include seed banking for preserving quality sees, seed treatment for finding out the seed efficiency ratio, pre-season cultivation preparations including ploughing and base manuring especially with neem cakes for protecting the plants from root borne diseases, organic manuring, bio pest repellents, less labour intensive cultivation practices, timely harvesting, value addition and thical marketing with direct linkages between producers and consumers.
Trained Youth need your continued supports for getting tools kit and for records for taking out on investment data and for travel. Till they get local support, VOICE Trust appeals to friends through GlobalGiving for extending help to meet one or more of these needs.
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