Dalits are not having lands though they know only farming skills, tenant dalit farmers will be enabled to put up organic tomatoes, onions as inter crops to make profits and ensure chemical free vegetables to people. 60-70 tenant dalit farmers will be trained on organic tomatoes & onions cultivation in 7 villages of Mecheri block, Salem district, Tamilnadu , India. To begin with 20 dalit women farmers will be enabled with knowledge and skills building, , onion seeds & tomatoes seedlings to raise.
Dalits know only farming & allied activities , however they do not own lands to cultivate, hence, they cultivate crops in as tenant farmers. Current farming methods of crops thru chemical fed cultivation has spoiled their prospects and put them in loss & debts. They are wiling to change their current practices of cultivation and save their cultivation & livelihood.
20 tenant women farmers will be given 2 days orientation, and 3 days intensive training on organic cultivation practices and methods so that they will take up their organic tomatoes and onions cultivation in their half acre leased lands. Field demos will be there to provide them the production of organic farm inputs & pesticides. Seeds and seedlings of tomatoes, onions will be given to 20 women farmers to raise along with containers to produce organic farm inputs, pesticides,, raw materials.
To start with 10 acres of lands will become organic and over the years, 30-35 acres of lands will become organic. 20 women farmers will be given know how, skills, in organic farming methods and supports to have their cultivation around the year. 60-70 tenant farmers will have regular work, income from their leased lands, that is an individual woman farmer will get INR 9000 per month that is US$ 150 per month that release them from their marginalized situation that is the problem & challenge.