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Sahaya's partnership with READ's agricultural program:
Sustainable and eco-friendly economic development of farming communities through modern crop production technologies.

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Sahaya and READ collaborate with the Gemini Agro Tech Educational Foundation (near Chennai) to help train farmers on modern crop production technologies, which has these goals:

  • Increased crop productivivity per acre of 200 to 500%
  • Reduced food prices, making quality food more affordable by poor people and thereby reducing malnutition
  • Improved quality of agricultural produce including nutritional value and shelf life, which benefits people and animals.
  • Reduced poverty among farming families
  • The increased economic capacity of the farmers will over time also lift up other sectors of the local economy.
  • Eco-friendly farming methods will lead to better protection of the environment.

All of this is achieved with methods that are eco-friendly, durable and sustainable.

We are grateful to everyone who has already donated to this program to get it started. While we are building up this program, additional funds are very useful. You can donate via the button below, or mail a check payable to "Sahaya International", with mention "farm program", to Sahaya International, 1504 Portola Street, Davis, CA 95616. Thank you!

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In 2014, 5 farmers of READ's area received a 2-days training at GATE on modern crop production. They learned how to use a probe to collect a sample of the soil for a detailed soil analysis, so that fertilizer can be optimized to fulfill the micronutrients that are lacking in the soil.

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In 2015, two of the farmers had started to implement the learnt techniques on their own farms. Both were very happy with the results. We are currently doing more fundraising (click here to donate) to set up a larger program that can train many more farmers on these techniques that can bring them out of poverty and that can lift up the economic status of the whole area.

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The effect of modern crop methods is compared here in these 2 photographs, both taken on the same day (Dec 31, 2016). Left: Farmer Saravanan in front of his sugar cane field on which he used some of the improved methods. Right: the sugar cane on the field of his adjacent neighbor who did not change his methods yet. The sugar cane is shorter, and not strong enough to grow up straight.

 

March 2017: we were able to start a lease on a 10-acre piece of land

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September/October 2017: We harvested our first crop: groundnut!

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October/November 2017: the planting of rice is in full progress

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To support this agricultural program, click here to make a donation, or use the quick link below for online credit card donations.

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