| Sep 21, 2018
Creating New Opportunities for Farmers
There are 795 million people in the world who cannot lead a healthy, active life because of hunger.
93% of the rural population of Udaipur district are farmers, but only 4% of their crop is grown for sale. Most are unable to grow to last them all year round. Agriculture is thus an essential component of food security, and there is great scope to improve farming livelihoods through better access to irrigation and more efficient farming practices. So, alongside physical development activities on land and water, Seva Mandir tries to support the rural population through agriculture and allied activities in order to improve food security in the region. Seva Mandir has also worked with farmers to improve agriculture yields by promoting eco-friendly best practices, such as communal seed banks with improved crop varietals, diversified vegetable cultivation, vermi-composting and livestock health camps.
Preeti (name changed) is one of the example who got support from Seva Mandir. It was during one of her visits that she and her husband got the opportunity to attend a meeting conducted by Seva Mandir about the intervention on horticulture and the livelihoods that could be generated so forth. And post this meeting there was no looking back. With the help of Seva Mandir, Preeti developed a lemon orchid on the hill slope behind her house. In her words, “I have sold 200 kgs of lemons last year. Now I no longer need to migrate to city to make ends meet, leaving my children behind”. This year again, Preeti expects a good earning from her lemon orchid and wish to take care of her children’s needs.
Another farmer Ravi (name changed) says “Farming was a difficult task earlier and I could not even grow enough for my family as we had to rely on rain water for irrigation and I had no money to adopt modern farming methods. But after Seva Mandir set up its seed bank and helped me and others to set up a lift irrigation system, things changed. Now the yield is double what it was earlier.”
Thank you so much for joining hands with us! Your support is making a huge difference in the lives of these poor farmers.
Atul Lekhra and the Seva Mandir Team
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