SARTHI . . .

Salinity Resource Centre Farmers led programme
to address the issues of salinity ingress:

Duration of the Project:
36 months beginning from September 2007

Programme Supported by:
Sir Rattan Tata Trust, Mumbai

Area & Coverage:
120 villages of Talaja taluka, Bharuch district, Gujarat

Role of VIKAS:
VIKAS /SAVE with local farmers and institutions (Lok Bharti, Sanosara and Lok Shalas) is creating knowledge cum agric service infrastructure.

Specific responsibilities:
  • Set up Knowledge cum agri service centres which would generate greater awareness among farmers about the issues of increasing salinity and its impact.
  • Train and initiate salinity soldiers as extension workers
  • Set up Kishan Shalas around demonstration plots

Till date following activities have been carried out during last 15 months:

  • About 1,000 participated in various activities which include demonstration plots, inputs purchase (wheat, ground nut, Bajari), output marketing & talukas level discussions.
  • Successfully introduced low water requiring crops like – wheat & Safflower
  • Established market linkage for mangoes & maze
  • Carried out consultations with farmers in three clusters to set up farmer owned, farmer controlled input out marketing services linked with organising knowledge based services through demonstration plots, weather & market information, coustomised agronomical services – IPM & ICM etc.
  • Designed value processing & marketing enterprises based on local crops including, mangoes, corn & onion to be initiated as producer owned, producer controlled, professionally managed business entities (similar to SABRAS).
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