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"Be conscious of the Divine within you. It will never fail you."
Farmers from Arpana’s groups have had a lot of exposure to new ideas and have open minds to try new practices. They have actively supported the Extension Scientists in charge of the government watershed project which aims to create infrastructure for farmers and promote organic farming, horticulture, vermi-composting and irrigation tanks. They have also been nominated to the working committees. They have stepped forward for vermi-composting, irrigation tanks and new varieties of seeds. Seeing their example, other farmers are also coming forward.
Present Status of Farmers’ Groups
|Farmers’ groups saving regularly||20|
|Members in farmers’ groups||310|
|Total savings||Rs 559,706|
|Cultivated land (bighas)||6,722|
|Kilos of vegetables grown||734,542|
|Total income||Rs 9,526,895|
|Total expenditure||Rs 356,763|
|Total net profit||Rs 9,170,132|
The new farmers’ groups, formed in the freshly adopted target area, have excellent role models in their peers in the mature farmers’ groups. Arpana facilitators will continue to provide inputs for group meetings and will promote their engagement with the government horticulture and agriculture departments. They will then avail of benefits such as subsidies for irrigation tanks, good quality seeds and exposure visits.
|Shri Nidia Ram, a member of the farmers’ self help group, Gajnoi, is one of the most progressive farmers of Chamba District. Owing to his competence in growing vegetables, he has recently had a polytunnel sanctioned from the Agricultural Department for off-season vegetables. In addition, he has recently obtained a vermi-compost pit sanctioned and constructed from the Watershed Committee sponsored by the Agricultural Department.|
|Shri Amar Singh, a member of the farmers’ group in Kakeyada, after saving money obtained from the sale of vegetables, is now running a Kiriyana (Grocery) and Confectionery shop and earning Rs.3000-4000 a month.
He has realized the benefit of growing vegetables and is now very happy to have a supplementary source of income.
|Shri Jai Krishan, a member of the farmers’ group in Kakeyada Village, after saving money he obtained from the sale of vegetables, has brought a hand thresher with which he is earning Rs.10,000 per season.|