Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils

by VOICE Trust
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
Teaching Sustainable Agriculture to Young Tamils
An overview of the Herbal Plants
An overview of the Herbal Plants

This New Year starts with a positive note that hundreds of Youth where trained in agriculture and many of them have assured that even if they go for a different job they will do agriculture near their homes. Many of them are willing to take up agriculture and start a value added start-up full-time.

We have thought effectives ways of making the soil a fertile one. For that more than 9 types of organic manure production is being taught with practical examples.

Why are rural youth important for agriculture?

Agriculture is an important economic activity in India and represents around 50%t of employment and around 17% of India’s gross domestic product (GDP). To sustain the agricultural sector, India needs qualified young individuals who can devote themselves to farming.

India has 600 million young people and more than half of the population is under 25 years old. But, despite the large numbers of youth, fewer are choosing agriculture as their livelihood activity.

Youth migration from rural to urban areas to find employment has been increasing – to date around 30% of 315 million migrants are youth. Based on a report from the World Bank, by 2050 half of the Indian population will be urban. At the same time, it is estimated that the percentage of agricultural workers in the total workforce will drop from 58.2% in 2001 to 25.7% by 2050.  Ageing farmers and a waning interest of rural youth in agriculture is becoming a prime concern in India.

The youth should also be taught about profitable farming techniques and systems so that less land and resources are used. They should not only be taught about integrated farming, but also about latest techniques in mushroom farming, freshwater aquaculture and dairy farming.

We are teaching the techniques but Youth still have the hesitation to do agriculture. But with all your supports we are continuing this activity, there are changes in the mindset of youngsters, please do support us to continue these more effectively. You are our inspiration and thank you for inspiring Youth who are interested in agriculture..

Keep Inspiring US!!

Teaching about API-culture
Teaching about API-culture
School Children with Youth in Tree Plantation
School Children with Youth in Tree Plantation
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We have organized a Pachaimalai Hill visit for observing the biodiversity for sustainable agriculture. 16 young talented & passionate students have been selected from the different Govt schools of Tiruchirapalli District. The objective of that visit was 

  • To spread awareness about the importance of Natural resources & Preserving Forest cover for the sustainable agriculture
  • To make them understand the diversified Bio-diversity and their roles in balancing the nature
  • To make them understand bio-mimicry.
  • To explore the Pachaimalai forest trekking to know the different species of trees, shrubs, medicinal plants, plants, grass & their bio-diversity system, where they are all supporting each other through their root system.
  • To interact, learn and understand the traditional cultures and lifestyle of Pachaimalai hills.
  • To provide a better platform to collaborate with other school students to improve their communication & leadership skills.

Our journey to Pachimalai Hill started from Govt Shayad Higher Secondary School, Trichy by Two traveler vans. During the travel, Mr.Silambarasan P (Program Manager) has done activities of getting to know each other, Trees Name, Food Chain activity, etc with the students. We reached Pachaialai Hill at around 1 pm, and had an open field discussion about the pachaimalai hill, Bio-diversity, Nature, etc in Forest Department office-Pachaimalai.

Students and faculties have done the lunch organized by VOICE Trust & Forest Department Official of Pachaimalai Hill. And after lunch, the students have taken Jackfruit & Mango saplings from the ground & prepared nursery pots to bring it to their natives for the plantation.

Then we reached Senbagam Nature Trekking Way, which was a dense forest to take trekking of 3 Km. Once we reached the entrance of the dense forest the cool and humid breeze started to blow. Many of us got excited to feel trekking for the first time. During the trekking, the Forest Guide (Mr. Mani-Tribal Community) explained the forest and the different species of trees, plants & shrubs. We have seen that there are more bamboo trees exist in that dense forest.

 

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Chilli is one of the most valuable crops of India. The crop is grown largely for its fruits all over the India. It is used in India as a principle ingredient of various curries, and chutneys. It is also used for vegetables, spices, condiments, sauces and pickles. Dry chillies are used for curry powder. Red colour in chili is due to “Capsanthin”. Pungency in chillies is due to the active constituent “Capsaicin”, an alkaloid, is extracted from chilies and is used in medicine.

One of our farmer "Mrs.Ramya" got training in cultivating organic chilly by practicing Integrated Nutrient Management and Integrated Pest Management. In the 60 Cents of land, she got an wonderful yield of 2 Tons of Organic Red Chilly.

All of this positive change is a direct result of your generous support.  Thank you, sincerely, for making these impacts possible.  As Ramayee’s story shows, the lessons and supplies you have enabled Voice Trust to deliver are taking hold, seeding sustainable success and resilience.  

Together, we can make a difference!

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Children attending the Sunday Agricultural School
Children attending the Sunday Agricultural School

A vital cog in the transformation of human history, agriculture has always held the power to nurture and destroy empires. While a well-fed army and subjects contributed to the flourishment of a great civilization, a drought-prone and famished army and subjects have always brought in wars and civil strife. In the age of nation-states as well, this idea holds true. However, in recent decades, agriculture as we know it has taken a dramatic turn into a chemical-intensive and monoculture-centric mass production system. With climate change and pandemics tightening their grip on the world, food safety will be at risk in the near future. In this background, VOICE Trust turned to the changemakers who can bring lasting impact- our children. 

" We are taught about chemical fertilizer, natural fertilizer, soil preparation and management, techniques of growing vegetables, planting preparation, pest management, and many more things. This has helped me to guide my parents with sustainable, effective and low-cost farming practices that do less harm to mother earth", says Darshini a young learner at the 'Sunday Agriculture School' that is conducted in the village of Maniyankurichi, Tiruchirapalli District, Tamil Nadu, India. She was happy to be a part of the school and has proudly perched herself in the front row, raising hands to ask doubts and to interact with the trainers like her fellow classmates. 

" We are happy to see them progress and understand nuances of organic agriculture at a young age. This allows them to appreciate the practices without perception bias. Along with the technical knowledge of agriculture skills, we are teaching life skills which are self-awareness, empathy, critical thinking, creating thinking, decision making, problem-solving, effective communication, interpersonal relationship, coping with stress, and managing emotions. We are seeing wonderful results with our 35 young learners and are planning to take this initiative to the next level by recruiting local interns", says P Silambarasan, who manages the Ecology and Empowerment Program at VOICE Trust. A community-based learning method has been adopted wherein older women farmers and entrepreneurs are recruited as interns who support the initiative and help the children learn hands-on work. 

The journey with these 35 little ones within the age group of 09-14 years wasn't easy. The pandemic and torrential rains had on many occasions played a spoilsport. But what could beat a child's will to learn something new? So they came in beaming with hope and pride, to learn the ways to craft a new and better world. Many thanks and love to all our donors. 

They brought in fresh ideas and we were all ears!
They brought in fresh ideas and we were all ears!
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an abundant harvest
an abundant harvest

Dhanalakshmi and her husband Irudhayaraj provide a recent example of the way your donation continues to transform lives. On their one-acre farm, they grow sesame, peanuts, chillies, brinjal (eggplant), and two types of gourds. One of these, the snake gourd, is not only rich in vitamins and minerals but has antibiotic qualities that are considered to boost immunity. So this year, they decided to devote 40% of their land to growing more of it.

Using the training they had received from VOICE Trust, they used neem and goat manure as fertilizer. Neem, made from the native neem tree, enriches the soil, reduces nitrogen loss and protects the crops against certain pests. For more natural pest control, they used a ginger, garlic, and chilli mixture. And because they also have two cows, they were able to make panchakavya, as we had taught them, from cow dung, urine, milk, and ghee. They applied it three times during the season to promote plant growth and to further control pests.

Their gamble paid off. The sustainable farming techniques they had used produced an abundant crop. Because of the natural diversity of the seeds they used, which they had previously banked, they were able to harvest from day 50 through the 112th day. After the first, month-long, harvest, they had a whopping 130 kg of gourds. The gourds sold quickly, and returned a net profit of Rs. 48660 (almost $700 US) -- about twice what the average Indian farm would provide in that time.

Enjoy the smile on Dhanalakshmi’s face: your support put it there!

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