Despite GlobalGiving's continuing difficulties with disbursing funds to India, we were able to train 12 more young farmers in techniques to increase crop yield even in difficult climatic conditions. The Forest Department was able to offer them workshops to teach them:
selection of quality seeds that will sprout and thrive in their farm's environment;
preservation of seeds in an air cooler;
creation and maintenance of a greenery nursery;
latest techniques in beekeeping;
seed banking to maintain indigenous seeds.
They made plans to start their own seed bank after learning how one can help improve resistance to emerging plant diseases and insects, provide better drought and flood tolerance, and produce more abundant and nutritious crops.
The Ranger Office said he was inspired to see young people committed to organic farming, and the students said they were inspired by how it could improve their lives and their community.
We are eager to help them put what they have learned into practice, with your kind and continuing support, as soon as GlobalGiving is able to release your donations to us.
With the gratitude of the entire Voice Trust team --
We are very happy to share that 17 more students are interested in Organic Farming Techniquest. 8 students from Imayam College and 9 students from Imayam College came for training sessions in agriculture especially organic farming. All of them were interested and willing to attend more sessions like this and learn more practices on implementation of organic farming. Group discussions were held on topics of Past-present-future Agriulture.
Global Giving has run into a problem with its disbursement of funds in India, and has had to suspend payment to all its Indian partners until they can resolve the issue with the government. This means that we have not yet received any of the money that has been donated to us the last few months, making progress difficult.
We look for positive news and hope we will be all one in bringing Youth into Agriculture.
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.
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