ZMC Team Reviewed NICRA Project in Pune, Maharashtra

9th March, 2019, Pune, Maharashtra

The Zonal Monitoring Committee monitored the climate resilient interventions in various villages at Baramati, Pune today.

The Monitoring Committee led by Dr. M.C. Varshney, former Vice-Chancellor, Anand Agricultural University, Anand and Kamdhenu University, Gandhinagar visited Jalgaon KP, Jalagaon Supe and Karhati villages in Baramati taluka.

ZMC Team Reviewed NICRA Project in Pune, Maharashtra

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra did the disilting of 8.5 km of water stream in six check dams in Jalgaon KP in the convergence mode. The process lead to increase the water table through the tube wells in the vicinity to the extent of 2 to 3 meter. The process resulted in bringing the nearby 40 ha land under the cultivation.

ZMC Team Reviewed NICRA Project in Pune, Maharashtra

Shri Kumar Shivaji Kalane a farmer had 10 acre of land in which he followed Integrated Farming System model as advised by the NICRA team. He had shadenet house in 2 acre where he raised capsicum which was purchased by local traders from farm itself. It is giving him economic return of Rs 20 lakh/year. He had pomegranate orchard (0.6 ha) and marvel grass. He also had goat herds and poultry with 7000 broiler birds. For loose housing dairy farm with 4 cows, he was using maize silage for feeding cattle. Dairy component was giving him an income Rs 15000 per month. He has created employment opportunity to 8 persons for 6 months.

In Jalgaon Supe, the farmers created a Farmer Producer Company (FPC) in the Year - 2015 that has been supported by the government in the form of subsidy of Rs. 12 lakh. The farmers invested about Rs 5.5 lakh. The farmers were guided by the NICRA team to form the FPC. Now, the farmers have machines for cleaning, grading and packing of the seeds and grains. This year, a newly started FPC helped them to earn a profit of Rs. 36,000.

As a result, now, families are taking dairy as the supportive business. Despite of lack of green fodder in the village, they are able to make the silage of maize for their cattle. About 70 farmers have up-scaled the loose housing dairy farm practice in the NICRA villages. This has helped the farmers to earn to Rs. 60 to 70 thousand annually by maintaining around 20 goats and 50 vanaraja poultry birds.

The Zonal Monitoring Committee also visited the different units of KVK, Baramati. During this, they interacted with Mrs. Sunanda Pawar, Trustee, Agricultural Development Trust, Baramati and other KVK experts.

(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune)