Barnamala Educational and Cultural Society seeks to help 1,000 farmers in rural areas of Kharagpur-1 and Kharagpur-II Development Block in Paschim Medinipur District of West Bengal by teaching them better agricultural using organic farming to improve food, nutrition and income security for rural poor farmers and developing the resource base to achieve higher gains and provide greater food security
Over 80% of the population in the remote areas is dependent on agriculture as a source of livelihood. Given that the region receives less than 600mm of water a year, agricultural produce is insufficient for consumption and for sale. This forces the farmers to migrate to far-off cities to work in sub-standard conditions. Further, high levels of soil erosion and insufficient infrastructure restrict agricultural productivity.
Training, exposure and demonstrations will give farmers a better understanding of the practices they can adopt to increase productivity and be food secure. The new practices will help eliminate migration and ensure efficient management of resources.
The farmers will be able to meet the needs of their family and also gain access to a long-term livelihood solution. They can secure their food needs and will not have to leave their families behind in search of work.