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14th cross, JP Nagar phase 1
Bangalore, India - 560 076
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In India for the past 16 years, nearly 47 farmers have been committing suicide every day, because of deteriorating land productivity and unreliable monsoons.
The PRICE POOR FARMERS PAY to fight reducing yield with quick “fixes” is their entire harvest pledged as collateral, sold at below market price or for free to middlemen lenders. Or becoming bonded labourers.
Linking small farmers to markets and organizing them into cooperatives from otherwise fragmented land-holdings has many benefits. It results in an availability of essential work-force within agricultural belts, apart from generating optimum income.
Sustainable farming methods help reduce the harmful impact of climate change and biodiversity destruction:
1.Educated and trained farmers improve their efficiency in the use of fertilizers, curbing soil pollution.
2.Community cisterns and irrigation systems facilitate prudent and non-wasteful use of water supplies, and
3.Reforestation projects around farmlands improve and maintain the general health of arable land
Employing farming methods that preserve the soil’s natural nutrients and cultivate healthy farm lands leads to enhanced and sustainable mid to long-term farm yields. It also improves soil fertility while retaining the nutritional value of the produce. This contributes significantly to social welfare through food security.