Agriculture & Horticulture
More than 75% of the country’s population depends on Agriculture and its several allied sectors. In fact India’s economic security is predicted upon its agricultural growth. The varied climate and water resources in different parts of the country pave way for the huge varieties of cropping methods and yielding different crops. However, there are several milestones that are yet to be achieved.
Around 51 % of India’s geographical area is under cultivation, however, there is an unprecedented degradation of land and groundwater resources which has lowered agricultural productivity. As compared to advancements in other sectors, farmers and farming methods are deprived of the benefits they could avail.
Every day, farmers in India have been struggling to make ends meet due to loss in productivity of their crops. Due to this, it is important to develop new, innovative strategies to produce food, fuel and fibre sustainably. There are primarily three pillars of sustainability — profit over the long term, optimum utilisation of resources and better quality of life for farmers.
The government released more than Rs 16,000 crore till January 31, 2014 in the financial year 2013-14 to state governments under various schemes of the agriculture ministry. While there are many important schemes or programmes which have been implemented by the government — like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, National Horticulture Mission, Integrated Scheme of Oilseeds, Pulses, Oilpalm & Maize, etc — farmers of the region do not have anyone to tell them how they can benefit from it.
JND Charitable Trust will help fill the void and act as an agent to tell the farmers how they can better use their land and resources for better productivity.
The government also makes efforts for enhancement of minimum support prices of agricultural commodities, increase in credit flow to agriculture sector, debt waiver, interest subvention on crop loans, extension activities, etc, for the growth of agriculture sector, but most farmers are unable to avail the facilities.
JND Charitable Trust plans to educate those farmers who are clueless and have no means to be guided on the right path. Our members will educate farmers about where they can sell their product, what is the price that has been decided by the government, and how they can invest the money earned for better future crops.
There are already many sustainable ways in parlance in the country which can improve productivity. However, due to lack of proper guidance and absence of professionals the ultimate goal is seldom reached. A farmer can implement a rotation to break up pest cycles, improve soil fertility and cut costs, or use cover crops—non-cash crops grown for their benefit to the soil and ability to suppress weeds. A fruit and vegetable grower might try a new marketing approach such as selling directly to eateries to gain a larger share of the consumer spending. For all this, professional help is required, and this is where we step in.
JND Charitable Trust will be giving all the expertise that farmers require so their crop productivity can increase and they are able to lead better lives.