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Project Annadata

(Gujarat)

Objective

To help the poor tribal farmers cultivate their land to sustain their family’s yearly requirement of rice.

Why did we do it?

Kaprada in Gujarat is a hilly region where the staple crop grown is rice. The farmer’s with small patches of land usually grow rice enough to sustain their families’ requirement for the whole year. The traditional methods of farming are extremely time and labour intense. Like all areas of life farming can be mechanised but these tools are expensive to buy or rent. A combination of these circumstances has led to a point where the marginalised small farmer has stopped cultivating his land.

What did we do?

Sparsh has bought a tractor and farming equipment and created a collective of 40 farmers in 5 villages of Kaprada.  The tractor and farming equipment is rented out to these farmers at subsidised rates or for free depending on their financial situation thus supporting the farmer to cultivate his land.

Outcome

The availability of the tractor and equipment has led to time and labour efficiency, improved land usage and increased production. This has further encouraged the farmers to cultivate a second crop of beans, pulses or dals thus enhancing the family income.