Demonstration of Saguna Rice Technology 1
My Jungle is not only an in situ conservation programme but also a programme in which local communities staying around biodiversity rich Western Ghats are encouraged and supported to contribute in the conservation by all possible means and ways. Our efforts in this context, during June and July 2017 are mentioned below.
Saguna Rice Technology (SRT) as an alternative to check Green House Gas (GHG) emission due to traditional paddy cultivation
Sahyadri is campaigning with the farmers practicing traditional paddy cultivation to adopt alternative paddy cultivation techniques with low GHG emission. SRT is one of such promising alternatives. Sahyadri had conducted intensive awareness generation on SRT in April, May and June 2017. As a follow up of these awareness generation programmes, Sahyadri has set up SRT demonstrations with help of 26 enterprising farmers. These pilot experiments are being systematically monitored. At the end of the cultivation season i.e. in November 2017, these demonstrations will shed light on the efficacy of the SRT over traditional paddy cultivation technique, in particular check on lopping of trees and burning of the dried lopped leafy matter contributing significantly in the emission of GHGs
Plantation of native trees
Sahyadri distributed 250 saplings on 4th July 2017 to the community members of Gudhe village. One sapling each was given to 250 families in the village. Two types of saplings were on offer - Jackfruit or Teak. These two are highly valued for their economic importance by the local community. One sapling -one family approach was specifically adopted after consultation with the community leaders. It would ensure maximum survival of the planted saplings and thus, success of the initiative. We are hopeful that majority of the community members will look after the saplings, save them from harm and let them grow into mature trees. Most of the saplings have been planted, either in the back or front yard of the house or on the field bunds.
Awareness generation on adoption of SRT as an efficient and nature friendly paddy cultivation technique
Sahyadri has been conducting field level awareness generation programmes on SRT. We have conducted these programmes under the guidance of Dr. Chandrashekhar Bhadsavale - the inventor of SRT. Local office of the State Agriculture Department has partnered with us in conducting these programmes.
Sahyadri will continue conducting plantation programmes and SRT awareness generation programmes. They are important for in situ conservation of local biodiversity - the focus of the My Jungle Project.
Demonstration of Saguna Rice Technology 2
Land preparation for SRT rice cultivation
Community discussion on plantation of native trees
Plantation of native trees
Community awareness generation meeting
Village level orientation on SRT