Sustainable Agriculture

Indiscriminate use of fertilisers and pesticides and its adverse impact is now a matter of concern for all the humans – of course, the farmers are the worst sufferers as their lands have heavily degraded and are turning non-fertile year after a year.

As a part of combat mechanism, CCD is taking initiative to focus on sustainable farming where the use of organic inputs is maximised and at the same time, methods are used to market the sustainable food through channels that prioritise the same. Adilabad and Anantapur districts have begun programmes on sustainable agriculture, and much of the work is similar in nature.

The effective approach used by CCD is to convince farmers through live demonstration. A key part of the work is to show how it is possible to obtain similar incomes, even while following sustainable methods of farming. In both Adilabad and Anantapur districts, CCD established demonstration plots in which different methods are on display for farmers to have a first-hand experience of the same.

In Puttaparthi, a 78 acre plot has been taken on lease that will demonstrate a range of farming methods including the use of drip irrigation, the use of materials such as hydrogels and rain-fed agriculture to demonstrate, how it would be possible to increase yields even under rain-fed conditions for small farmers.

Other changes that will be demonstrated include different kinds of input seeds that have been already tried in Adilabad, changing the spacing of crops to improve the exposure to sun and therefore cause increases in yield per acre as well as a decrease in cost of inputs per acre.

Some of the activities that would be conducted to increase awareness and the spread of sustainable agriculture include:
  • Create farmer demonstration plots in villages around the districts to demonstrate sustainable techniques in organic farming
  • Provide input support to supply organic seed, fertilisers and pesticide inputs through an input shop
  • Create local market linkages for outputs from farms that practice sustainable agriculture
  • Create strong local awareness of non- pesticide management as well as organic farming through farmer meetings and trainings
  • Create linkages with government schemes (where possible) to increase organic and bio- dynamic farming