Dear Friends, Greetings from Seva Mandir! Hope you are well. Thank you for supporting the improving food security project. In a year with your support and all the other donors we have reached out to 5,000 farmers with a variety of agriculture related projects. Enclosed please find a copy of annual report for the progress we made last year in this program. Below is the snapshot of some of the achievements - 1. 648, farmers planted 10,169 fruit saplings. The planted saplings included fruit species like mango, aonla (goose berries), guava, lemon and sapota (cheeku). 2. 253 farmers in 18 villages built vermin composting beds and used the organic manure on their farms. 3. 1,019 farmers received quality seeds for growing a number of vegetables and grains. 4. In one of the blocks over 100 farmers made Rs. 35000/- (USD 750) through sale of vegetables. 5. 22 women produced 3,440 kg vegetables in one of the blocks. They sold 1,321 kg of vegetables and made Rs. 26,420 (USD 590). There more such examples in the report enclosed. 6. 60 seeds banks were established. The seeds banks have been very successful in terms of accessing quality seeds for all the farmers. The monsoon was wonderful this year. It rained a lot every where in Udaipur and the lakes filled up pretty quickly. As you know Udaipur is the most famous tourist attraction of Asia. Therefore, good rains assure a good tourist year. The program you are supporting enables many traditional farmers in Rajasthan to grow more food. The more food means - more income as well as access to better food. Thanks once again for your generous support. It goes a lone way here in Rajasthan. We very much hope that you will continue supporting this project and will consider to talk about it to your friends too. Shortly we will come to you for more stories and updates. In the meanwhile, please do contact us for any questions or clarifications. Once again, thank a lot for helping the farmers of Rajasthan. With warm regards, Deepti
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