New Year Greetings from Seva Mandir!
First of all, a very big Thank You to all of you for supporting our projects.
I am Deepti and I look after the reporting and communication program in Seva Mandir. I will be in touch with you regularly on reporting the projects by Seva Mandir that you have been supporting on Global Giving.
In order to ensure the food security for tribal people we have a range of programs like soil and water conservation to installing lift irrigation pumps in farms, from agricultural trainings to Seed Bank Programs. I will do my best to explain some exciting progress that we have been able to make in these programs.
The Background: Due to lack of water and inadequate facilities of irrigation farmers in our region have poor agriculture production. In areas where irrigation is possible farmers do not have access to good quality seeds and enough knowledge of improved agriculture practices. This results into small harvest. The farmers keep using the seeds from their harvest hence the yield never improves in terms of quality and quantity.
The progress: Under our Seed Bank program for the poor farmers, we had distributed seeds for Maize/corn, Pulse, Sesame and some other regional crop seeds (of improved quality) to around 900 farmers in 30 villages before monsoon in 2008. The farmers were also provided with a training of improved agricultural practices. The results have been enormously encouraging for the Maize Crop in particular. Maize is also the main crop for farmers in our region. Currently farmers are replenishing the Seed Bank with their share of Maize Seeds.
Similarly the farmers were distributed the good quality seeds for Wheat (the winter crop) the year before last year. Again the results have been very positive. As a consequence the farmers in 5 villages had been able to replenish a total of 1900 kilograms of Wheat Seeds into the Seed Bank, which has been distributed to a number of farmers for this season. Since the harvest of Wheat takes place in March, therefore, we will be able to know the result of the yield and the quantity of the seeds that will be replenished by these farmers.
The replenishment: Each farmer has to give back 1.5% of the total seeds he/she has received from the Seed Bank after the harvest. The replenishment of the Seek Bank has two folds benefit. First, all the farmers have access to good quality seeds for all kinds of crops and secondly, it builds the sense of giving and brotherhood among them.
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Thank you once again for having your faith in us and for your encouragement.
With warm regards,
Deepti Ameta, In Charge – Reporting and Communication
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