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Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers

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Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Sustainable Incomes for 3945 Young Organic Farmers
Project Director addressing Youth
Project Director addressing Youth
During the current three Months( April - June 2016), Voice Team continued Biodiverse Agriculture interventions supported by Friends of Earth from USA , Europe and other parts of the world, through Global Giving. Main activities were technical classes on biodiversity and practical sessions for archieving better results in agriculture especially through application of organic manures and bio-pest repellents. This is the sixth year of the project.
A new group comprising 12 farm families including the relatives of Organic Farming Expert Nammalvar, "who passed away on December 30, 2013" have firmly said no to sale of their agriculture land and said instead "yes" to Biodiverse agriculture with help of Youth trained by Voice Trust under Project# 6265. (Photo's Attached).
Following suggestions have come from Youth, participating in Project # 6265
1. Youth want 5 Days Residential Training in Biodiverse Agriculture in Voice model farm.
2. Youth prefer Seed Bank with traditional varieties which withstand climate deviations.
3. Youth are ready to make organic manures and bio-pest repellents through recycling.
Above suggestions can be implemented with little helps from Friends of Earth through Global Giving.
However small donations from you starting with $25 and going above $250.can bring about results. Please extend whatever help you can make to strengthen Biodiverse Agriculture. 
Guiding an Youth in preparing Pancha kavya
Guiding an Youth in preparing Pancha kavya
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Mr.N. Krishnasamy addressing youth on pest control
Mr.N. Krishnasamy addressing youth on pest control

Youth leaders were given directions on February 18, 2016 by Mr. N. Krishnasamy, former Director of Central Integrated Pest Management Center of Government of India for extending helps for farmers faced with imbalances in pest - predator counts. For, pest infestation is one of the serious problems in agricutlure leading to crop failure and loss of economic resources. Often, huge amounts of money are spent on pesticides. 

Another meeting was organized for Youth Leaders on March 1, 2016 and this time the topic was healthy and local specific seeds. Because, many farmers complained about less quality seeds. Mr. S. Yoganathan, expert in organic seed banking gave tips to youth to replicate quality seeds for distributing to more number of farmers. For, present seeds are not only costly but also efficency ratio is below 50%. It is better if it is above 75%. Best is 90%.

 Field visit was organized on March 3, 2016 to the field of farmer Sesuraj of Irungalur and tips for biodiversity were given in order to increase productivity and decrease over expenditure. He is an opinion leader in Irungalur village. He has promised supports to Youth intrested in agriculture. He has opted to accompany the youth to neighbouring villages like Magilam, Purathakudi, Manikapuram, Konalai, Kalpalayyam.

Thanks to Friends of Earth for supports through Global Giving for the past 5 and half years, successes are coming in the field of agriculture  through introduction of biodiverse systems from seed to harvest. Youth are going into 74 villages this year to stop sale of agriculture lands and to start profitability through biodiversity. 

Tie ups with local markets around Trichy and captial market in Chennai, the Head Quarters of State of Tamil Nadu are planned from June 2016 for further strengthening agriculture

Field visit of Sesuraj farmer
Field visit of Sesuraj farmer
Mr. Yoganathan addressing youth and farmers
Mr. Yoganathan addressing youth and farmers
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Youth volunteer taking notes from farmer-Oct 2015
Youth volunteer taking notes from farmer-Oct 2015

Lack of concern for Biodiversity has led to lack of sustainability in Agriculture. 

Youth are encouraged to learn techniques for enhancing biodiversity.

In October and November 2015, the trained Youth are sent to individual farm fields. 

Day long stay and discussions with farmers give them the current data.

The Youth explained to farmers about converting farm fields as biodiversity centres.

For, biodiversity means natural ways of increasing soil fertility and controling pest infestations.

VOICE Team has a dream to stop sale of farm fields in Manachanallur block for non agri purposes. 

This is possible only by proving that agriculture is still a viable activity for profitability. 

Youth cannot be asked to take up spade and work in the farm fields. Some Youth may do it. But, many will not. 

So, VOICE Trust is giving trainings to Youth in areas in their comfort zones like making of manures, pest controls etc., 

Such expertise are begining to blossom under Project # 6265 with your help and through GlobalGiving.

60 more Youth have been exposed to Biodiverse Agriculture in a training program on December 28, 2015

Director of VOICE Trust and Trustee of VOICE Trust addressed the Youth in Poonamplayam near Manachanallur 

Youth volunteer learning in farms - Nov 2015
Youth volunteer learning in farms - Nov 2015
VOICE Team explaining about GG Project # 6265
VOICE Team explaining about GG Project # 6265
VOICE Trustee Kavitha giving class on biodiversity
VOICE Trustee Kavitha giving class on biodiversity
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Another Training for Youth in Biodiverse Agri
Another Training for Youth in Biodiverse Agri

Agriculture graduates usually join fertilizers companies with marketing jobs. Often they have to force farmers to buy chemical fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides etc. They know well that such products not only increase expenses for farmers but also lead to ineffectiveness in enhancing soil fertility and controlling pest infestations. Still, they did not know a way out to stop such less healthy and less viable actions. 

15 agri personnel visited VOICE Trust during July - September 2015 and VOICE Team shared with them about Nature Farming interventions done from 1995 onwards. They were surprised that we could achieve 1:2.16 ROI (Return on Investment) and 3 of them agreed to join activities for increasing Eco Farming among small farmers. This was confirmed by others including Agriculture Faculty Members.

VOICE Trust has entered into an agreement with like - minded groups for direct marketing of organic vegetables from small farmers to outlets in towns and cities not only for economic gains for resource poor farming communities who are at the point of selling agri lands due to less economic viability but also for salubrious life for consumers who long to eat poison-free food products for their healthy life.  

Thanks to supports from friends of earth and well-wishers of VOICE Trust in India, USA, Europe through Global Giving, new opportunities are becoming accessible in the field of nature farming with the help of organic manures and bio-pest repellents and marketing of nature products both for good health and for healthy environment.  Efforts are on to invite youth already trained under Project #. 6265 to join such new ventures.  It will be great success indeed.  

Find attached photos taken while giving special sessions for agri personnel both in the forest field and in VOICE Trust office.  We are appelling to friends of earth and well-wishers of VOICE Trust to extend more supports for this project so that state level nature farming interventions can be facilitated by VOICE Trust in all the 32 districs of State of Tamilnadu and the Pondicheery Karikal regions of the Union Territory of Puducherry.  

 

Dear friends, Your small supports can lead us to facilitate big results.  Please donate for Project #. 6265.  

Nursery raising exposed to Youth
Nursery raising exposed to Youth
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Project # 6265:  Biodiverse Agricultural Training to Youth.

Implemented by :  VOICE Trust, Trichy District , Tamil Nadu,  India.

Supported by:Friends from all over the world through Global Giving.

Progress Report for April – June 2015.

Multipronged approaches to bring  youth into agriculture.

21% of the agricultural lands have been sold in the past 3 years for non-agricultural purposes in Trichy District.  Same trend has been in many parts of  State  of Tamil Nadu, India.  Increase in expenses and decreases in yield and loss in economy are some reasons. Now, lack of manpower is another reason.  There are no farmers to operate machines.

For the past 15 years, VOICE Trust is doing agriculture in 18 acres of land under rainfed cultivation system with the help of 9 models of organic manuring and bio pest repellants (See photo of Azolla algae). Azolla can be easily grown by youth in their house surroundings and sold to farmers for nutrient value to the crops (also to control growing of weeds), as fodder for cattle and as nutrient diet for children.   For every one rupee invested,  Indian rupees 2.16 has been earned after deduction of all expenses including wages for farmers which usually they do not include. Now, 320 tons of vegetables per month are being brought under equitable marketing to give better margin to farmers without any middlemen misappropriation.

On April 1, 2015, Project Director of VOICE Trust addressed 359 teachers from rural schools to encourage youth to join agriculture.  Special trainings offered for specific works like gathering of seeds and conducting  of seed efficiency tests, preparation of organic manures and bio pest repellants and value addition to agriculture produce. 

If one of you can help, we can fill one agriculture farm with 2 youth to assure profitable incomes for farmers and to provide poison- free food products to all people in the urban/semi urban/ rural communities.

Appeal is made again to Friends of Earth for help.  You can start helping this project by your donation of minimum  $10 USD to maximum any amount. Donate through Global Giving.       

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