Agriculture based livelihoods
Village Renewal Organisation highly believes that agriculture sector has high potential for economic growth of villages in a sustainable manner. Hence due importance is given to promote agriculture based livelihoods by supporting small and marginal farmers with various technical services and input supports. We have conducted farmer field schools in collaboration with Agriculture department and supported the progressive farmers with subsidized seed and other inputs in target villages. Farmers were given field level trainings on INM and IPM practices and water management as well. Motivated the farmers to go for soil testing of their agriculture fields and facilitated in accessing the micro nutrients to address the soil deficiency in their fields from Government under schemes meant for them. Encouraged small and marginal farmers to develop their own Vermin compost units at household level and suggested to exit from the habit of applying fertilizers and pesticides to their crops. Formation of farmers clubs and trainings on different crop management issues and various Government schemes is a regular program in target villages. We are nurturing the farmer clubs in the areas of savings and accessing the credit facilities from local financial institutions/banks. Wherever possible/need arisen, we have developed backward and forward linkages to these small and marginal farmers. We encourage the farmers to go for demand driven crops by giving them appropriate information in advance.
There are considerable number of families (nearly 40%) who are landless in the project villages, hence it’s a biggest challenge and high need to promote non-farm livelihoods which create additional source of income for the landless families. To address this, the organization has provided financial support to landless families to undertake different micro-enterprise programs viz. petty shop business, goat rearing, poultry units, vegetable selling business, tailoring units and leasing the lands, etc. In case of Chenchu tribes, their major source of income depends on collecting forest produce (NTFP) where we have intervened by capacity building, aggregation, and facilitating in getting better prices for their forest produce in the market.
Further, we have conducted vocational training for youth and women on ‘Bamboo craft’ in Atmakur mandal of Kurnool district which helped them to learn additional skill and now they are able to produce nice decorative bamboo items at their homes and selling in the local market. Its an added new skill to the landless poor tribal families.