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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
VOICE Director addressing Youth on Biodiversity
VOICE Director addressing Youth on Biodiversity

 Serious discussions on the Continuity of Project# 6265(Biodiverse Agri Trainings to Youth) continued because of lach of funding supports from April 2013 onwards. For, inspite of repeated appeals to Friends of Earth who contributed for the start of the project in September 2010 Open Challenge, help did not come. 

Still, following efforts continued during October - December 2013: 

1. Booking orders for Organic Manures and Bio-Pest Repellents 

2. Increasing Forest Cover in Agricultural Fields for Biodiversity Conservation.

3. Intercropping in Agricultural Fields for better Pest - Predator balance.

 

Happy to share that 60 kilograms of Vermi Compost(Organic Manure) and 128 litres of Panchakavya(Pest Repellent cum Growth Promotor) have been sold during January 2014. School going Youth are also coming forward to learn about Bio Inputs. Hence, model units are under preparation at the Human Resource Development Training Centre of VOICE Trust in Siruganur village and they will be managed by 20 Young School going Children.

 

The news that Gururaja K.S and Edwin Vijay Raymond have extended supports during December 2013 and January 2014 has encouraged us to continue Project #6265 activities. They have also assured us to invite their friends to extend supports. A special appeal is forwrded to John Benedict to continue supports like he did in 2011. Also, personal letters are being forwarded to all supporters who contributed for this project in September 2010. 

 

Decide to kindly send in minimum $ 50 for this project for continuing this important Ecological Agriculture activities for making available poison free food, for strengthening accesibility of nutirtive food for all living beings and for food security as well as food sovereignty through traditional food vareities for good health and long life. 

Tree plants distributed to Youth.
Tree plants distributed to Youth.
Forest Department gave Tall Trees.
Forest Department gave Tall Trees.
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Banner for project number 6265
Banner for project number 6265

 July-September 2013 Progress Report for Project # 6265

“Biodiverse Agri Training in 1500 Youth every Year ’’

  (Implemented by VOICE Trust, Trichy, State of Tamil Nadu, India

in collaboration with Global Giving, Washington D.C., USA.

through donation from Friends of Earth in India, USA, Europe.)

 

Background for Project # 6265

 

World operates under birth – death cycle. While children depend on family for food, clothing, education. Elders manage to survive through help from relatives, pension schemes, insurance coverage.  Period of youth is full of energy and contributions to family and society are achieved through economic activities.

 

While there is a boom for youth in Information Technology, Engineering, Medicals, Tourism and Clerical Jobs, youth involvement in agriculture is coming down drastically.  This is a dangerous situation, because, agriculture is needed for all whether young or old, rich or poor, employed or unemployed.  For agriculture produces food, protects environment and empowers life in many aspects.

 

VOICE Trust decided to give trainings in agriculture for youth and appealed for help in September 2010 Open Challenge promoted by Global Giving.  Basic supports came from 69 Donors and Biodiverse Agri Trainings are started from October 2010.

 

Activities So far

 

200 Youth by November 2010, 665 youth by February 2011, 93 Youth in March 2011, 647 Youth in August 2011, 742 Youth from March 2012, Follow-up Encounters with 750 Youth during April-Setembers 2012 (Case Study of Ms Mekala and Ms. Bhuvaneswari, with 750 Youth during October – December 2012, with 10 Youth during January-March 2013 and Campaign to Stop Sale of Farm Fields and to start Bio-Farming during April – June 2013.

 

True, coverage of over 1500 Youth every year is well maintained from October 2010 to September 2013. (totally 5152 Youth covered in 3 years),  But, more than coverage, VOICE Trust is concentrating upon Confidence of Youth to consider agriculture as a viable activity not only for economic gains but also for environmental protection and other integrated empowerments for qualitative life.  First of all attractive elements in agriculture are exposed to youth.  Secondly, supports from others in family as well as in society are organized for sustainability through agricultural activities.

 

 Special Activities during July – September 2013.

 

i)  9 women in their Final year of Agricultural Graduate Degree Course from Roever Agri College, Perambalur, stayed in VOICE Trust from 1 to 14 September 2013. (Photos attached) and learnt about nature centric agriculture. They have assured to spread to various farmers in their villages

 

ii) People in 350 villages of Trichy District are exposed to Agroforestry in Farm Fields.  Out of 3,50,000 Tree Seedlings to be planted in agri lands. So far 1,26,000 tree seedlings have been planted with help of  700 Youth exposed to Bio-diverse Agri Trainings. Rest will be done after rains in October-November.

 

What Next from October 2013

 

  • Project # 6265 has started 4th year on October 1, 2013.
  • Financial constrains forced us to think of closing down.
  • But, many Friends asked us to continue this important activity.
  • So, efforts will be made to cover 848 more to complete 6000 Youth for 4 years.
  • Follow-up Encounters will also be continued in the following domains.

 

  • Stop sale of Agri lands and Start Biodiverse Agriculture campaigns.
  • 750 Youth will be enabled to prepare Organic Manures.
  • 750 Youth will be enabled to prepare Botanical Pest Repellents.
  • 1500 Youth will be guided to do Return on Investments calculations with Farmers.
  • 300 Villages will be activated in Eco-Farming through Biodiverse Agriculture.

 

Your Support is the Basis for Continuity of Project # 6265

 

  •           69 of you helped us to start the project in 2010.
  •           2 of you continued help in 2011 and 2012.
  •           Many of you can extend help from October 2013

Your help of $ 50 and above is enough to continue Project # 6265

 

Your help of €50 and above is enough to continue Project # 6265

 

Your help of £50 and above is enough to continue Project # 6265

As the first Prime Minister of India spoke at the Victory speech of Independence in 1947 that “Everything else can wait but not agriculture”, all of us have to support agriculture. Collaboration under Project # 6265 is a fine opportunity to encourage Youth to involve in Bio-diverse Agriculture for poison-free food production, pollution-free environment and economic sustainability. Hence VOICE Trust appeals to you for your support and solidarity.

Your immediate help is very much needed. Hence, please donate now.

With Best Wishes,

Yours Sincerely,

 

(Mrs. A. Jecintha)

Managing Trustee, VOICE Trust.


 

Mrs. A. Jecintha, addressing in September 2013
Mrs. A. Jecintha, addressing in September 2013
Mr.N.Krishnasamy, Ex - Director, CIPM lecturing
Mr.N.Krishnasamy, Ex - Director, CIPM lecturing
A.Gregory, explains Proj# 6265 in August 2013.
A.Gregory, explains Proj# 6265 in August 2013.
Agroforestry explained to farmers in July 2013.
Agroforestry explained to farmers in July 2013.
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Mrs. A. Jecintha guiding youth
Mrs. A. Jecintha guiding youth

Introduction:

Agriculture is still in crisis, because, farmers are attracted to sell agri lands. Neighboring lands of VOICE Trust’s Managing Trustee are already made into housing plots.

Viability of agriculture as successful economic activity is doubted by many farmers, because, the cost of production has increased but return on investment is decreasing year after year.

Biodiverse Agriculture helps the farmers not only to get higher incomes but also improves soil fertility and enhances nature centric pest control systems.

Special Activities during April –June 2013:

“ STOP SALE OF FARM LANDS;              START BIO - FARMING;       SAVE LANDS FOR POISON FREE FOOD”

 

v  Campaigns to protect agriculture were continued during April – June 2013 with above focus.

v  Multiple cropping and Mixed Cropping Systems were explained to farming groups. (See photos)

v   Hand Book on Bio- Farming discussed in a meeting with Farmers Reps on June 22 .(See photos)

 

Thanks to GLOBALGIVING and Friends of Earth from India, USA, Europe and world over.

 

Thank you for helping VOICE Trust to start “ SAVE AGRICULTURE” Campaign from October 2010. Your helps have been fully utilized by 2012.

 

What to do from 2013?

 

Come what may, VOICE Trust is determined to continue SAVE AGRICULTURE activities.

But, we alone cannot do this. Your help is needed very urgently. We will revise budgets from July 2013.

What do you think about continuity of helps for Project # 6265. Can you suggest ways to get regular Funding Supports? Can you also introduce new Friends for supporting Project #6265

VOICE Trust appeals to you to send your donations to Global Giving for Project # 6265.

 

Quantum of your help can be from $ 50 or € 50 or £ 50

 

(Mrs. A. Jecintha ) Managing Trustee, VOICE Trust.

Mrs. R. Kavitha with youth in Farm Fields
Mrs. R. Kavitha with youth in Farm Fields
Youth getting practical training in Farm Field
Youth getting practical training in Farm Field
VOICE  Team discuss about handbook
VOICE Team discuss about handbook
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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
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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)


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