Under the thematic area of NRM and sustainable livelihoods, projects on Sustainable Agriculture have been undertaken by Yuva (Rural) Association. These projects have been mentioned below:
Integrated Natural Sustainable Agriculture Programme (INSAP)
The INSAP programme aims at promoting ecological farming, obtaining organic certification and women land rights campaign. The programme undertakes the formation of people’s institutions and small scale income generating activities for the farmers such as dal mills, compost units etc. This programme is being funded by SWISSAID and covers 619 villages in 24 talukas in 5 districts of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. More than 50000 farmers are practising sustainable agriculture as a result of this programme.
In the period from January to November 2011, 162 more farmers started producing ecologically and rejected GMOs, 3000 farmers obtained organic certifications, 189 women received property entitlements, Producer Company was established, a dal mill was started and agro produce training was initiated. The income level of farmers who participated in the project activities increased by 20 to 30%.
Promoting agro-produce marketing and convergence of Agriculture Interventions for increase of family income of distressed farmers communities
Yuva Rural Association has been undertaking this project since 2010 in 6 villages of Deoli taluka of Wardha district in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. This project aims at facilitating the selected families and linking them with the markets for better process for their produce, involving them in primary processing and value addition to increase the value of their produce and facilitating the convergence of government schemes for ensuring farming sustainability and increasing family income.
Between the period of January to July 2011, education and awareness activities were undertaken in 6 villages on formation of village development committees, action plans and gram sabhas and village meetings were also conducted. A total of 25 Joint Liability Groups (JLGs) have been formed so far under this programme. Some of the JLGs undertook the sale and purchase of Tur dal. Kharif crop planning has been done in these 6 villages and Ambadi cultivation has also been undertaken by the villagers. Farmers were benefited under the Vidarbha Package Scheme as a result of the convergence efforts with the agriculture department. Agro and allied activities such as composting, milk animal dairy units and fisheries were promoted. 10 families were also supported for goat rearing and dairy units. The villagers were benefited under the irrigation schemes (8 farmers linked with Jawahar scheme and 17 farmers linked with the Jal Purti Yojana) and Pension schemes (205 old people were linked with the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana). A convergence Melawa was also organised with all the Sarpanch, gramsevak, SHG members and the government officials in Deoli block to avail various government schemes from various departments and to develop their plans.