Since farmers depend on agriculture for their livelihood, the foundation team works to help them identify and utilize sustainable agriculture practices to meet the increasing demand for food.
Promoting sustainable farming practices increases productivity.
Farmers learn about improved farming methods, integrated nutrient management practices to sustain soil fertility, and how to use water efficiently for irrigation. With women villagers more actively engaged in agriculture-related decision making, rural farms are more productive.
“I grow mustard, wheat, sorghum, millet, and vegetables. My yield for wheat has grown to 40-45 mann per acre [1 mann=40 kg] and mustard to 18-25 mann per acre as compared to 30-35 mann per acre and 13-15 mann per acre before. Seeing the results, I now buy the right doses of fertilizers and micronutrients for my field. Krishi Jyoti has shown us the way, and I am happy that it has led to a better life for me and my family.” ~Jumme Khan, Santhawadi village, Mewat
*Data figures until December 2014.
To empower women farmers so they can increase their farms’ productivity, and to encourage the use of sustainable farming practices, the Sehgal Foundation team works together with women farmers in two women-centric agriculture initiatives—Unnat Krishi (improved agriculture) and Krishi Chetna (agricultural awareness).
“Through the Krishi Chetna project, I have gained knowledge on soil testing, good quality seed, appropriate seed distribution rate, and use of fertilizers. With additional agricultural income, many women like me don’t have to struggle anymore for the basic necessities of our families.” ~Gindo, Maulya village, Alwar.
By 2017, Sehgal Foundation plans to extend the reach of its Agricultural Development program to 185 villages spread over three states—Haryana, Rajasthan and Bihar, benefitting approximately 50,000 farmers, of whom 30% will be women.