Proposal: Integrated agriculture development for food and economic security of remote villages in Pindar valle (April 2017 – March 2018)
HARC has been working with The Hans Foundation for last one year in 25 villages of Uttarkashi District in Uttarakhand. Considering the expertise and previous work of HARC, THF has approached them to be part of Integrated Village Development Programme in Bageshwar, Uttarakhand.
In the valley proposed for intervention, most of the agriculture in the region is rain fed with very low food crop productivity. Scattered land holding which increases the maintenance and low output and lack of crop diversification strategy among the farmers further aggravate situation in the region. The 3-year project proposes to enhance and ascertain the livelihood opportunities in 5 villages in Kapkot block of Bageshwar district.
Under the project, more thrust on integrated agriculture development, it is envisaged to carry out agriculture related activities like promotion protected farming through poly houses and low cost poly tunnel, promotion of horticulture crop like, almond, low chilling early bearing apple, high yielding colour strain variety of pear and grafting wild species (Mehul) with commercial pear; promoting seed production of Cole crops. Apart of above activities, promotion of water conservation technique such as low cost polythene tanks, organizing awareness camp on artificial insemination services (AI) for local cattle breed improvement, strengthening existing and new supply chain of various market led crop products as well as promote ancillary activity like bee keeping, processing of NTFP and cereals crops based value added products is also a major component of project interventions.
Proposal: Investing in climate smart agriculture practices for better livelihood (Oct 2016 – Sep 2017)
This three-year project proposes to enhance livelihood opportunities of 3,000 marginal farmers of 60 villages of one block each in Uttarkashi and Chamoli district through food, economic and nutritional security. First year of the project is completed now and organization has submitted proposal for the rest two years. First year’s objectives, of organizing farmers in community based organizations and demonstration of technologies and cash crops has been completed. In the proposed project, extension of first year activities has been proposed to enhance production and linking farmers produce to the market. Major activities under the project would be promoting floriculture, introducing disease resistant and high valued crops like Potato, Capsicum, Bean, Quinoa, Garlic etc. For production enhancement, permaculture technique will be promoted among farmers and the knowledge generated through this will be disseminated to other areas.
Capacity of farmers and their technical know-how is being built through regular training programs. One hundred and twenty producer groups have been federated into 3 cooperatives to channelize production and marketing of farm produces. Collection, grading, packaging and promotion facilities have been provided to the farmers to fetch better prices for their produce in the market. In the first-year, the project generated an additional annual income of Rs. 15000-21000 for the vegetable producers and Rs. 8000-12000 for flower growers. Pear grafting, traditional crops promotional activities will impact the income of the farmers in subsequent year. In the second-year, the target is to enhance production and market intelligence of the farmers to move them from the subsistence level to a commercial level. In the third year of the project, 3000 farmers will be able to produce marketable produce and market them through cooperatives. The farmers’ cooperatives will act as a self-reliant farmer organization to access inputs services and market farm produces.