Cream of The Crop
Modern farming techniques and water availability improve agri-productivity
Cream of the Crop
Modern farm techniques and water improve agri-productivity
Agriculture is the largest provider of livelihood in the country. This key sector is far removed from the advantages of modernisation that other sectors enjoy. Most of the farmers across the country continue to use traditional and outdated methods of cultivation. Some areas suffer from lack of sufficient irrigation facilities that support agriculture.
One of L&T’s Integrated Community Development programmes is improving farmland productivity in six villages of Pathardi. The villages of Dharwadi, Dongarwadi, Damalwadi, Gitewadi, Joharwadi and Khandgaon have a total population of over 4,500 people. These villages were selected based on a Water Stress Index (WSI) study conducted by L&T across India. The study identified the most water-stressed areas in the country.
L&T undertook a two-step intervention as a part of its programme. The first step was to increase water availability to the areas, and the second is to subsequently improve crop productivity. As a part of the first step, the Company built check dams and farm bunds, to help raise the ground water table and provide fresh water to crops. The second step was to improve crop productivity levels with modern farming methods, taught by farm field schools. The schools helped develop soft skills of farmers and farmer groups, and trained them in scientific methods of farming.
L&T arranged 22 farm field schools, attended by more than 600 members of the community, including women. Horticulture experts taught them new techniques of farming, introduced them to organic fertilizers, and imparted knowledge on growing specific crops like onion, pomegranates.
After coaching by farm field schools, a change in farming practices was observed. Multiple crops were cultivated on lands which were previously under single cropping. Farmers brought in additional area under cultivation due to increased soil moisture contact and ground water availability. New cultivation techniques learnt through farm field schools, helped them improve yields as compared to the year before, with lesser input costs. The profit margins for farmers improved, leaving them with additional funds for investment.
The area under cultivation increased by 720 hectares. In the Rabi season, farmers cultivated crops like chickpea, jowar, wheat and onion. Many fields grew wheat for the first time in five years, after the volume of water available for farming increased. Cultivation of Tur dal provided additional income to many farmers. The cost of cultivation went down by 30-40%, with the adoption of compost as manure, along with other integrated pest management techniques.
   
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