(Himalayan Agriculture Rejuvenation and Enhancement of Livelihood for Agri-preneurs)
(Himalayan Agriculture Rejuvenation and Enhancement of Livelihood for Agri-preneurs) – Uttarakhand
Sewa International, in collaboration with ONGC and Eklavya foundation initiated organic farming based HARELA (Himalayan Agriculture Rejuvenation and Enhancement of Livelihood for Agri-preneurs) project in Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. This project was started in late 2018 with targeted interventions aimed at increasing farm incomes of the farmers in 20 villages each of Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Dehradun by 25%-30% by providing market access and specialized trainings. Effectiveness of the interventions is to reduce input cost and ensure supply of healthy soil and chemical free food to consumers. The project aims for sustainable changes in farming practices that maintains soil health, sustainable agro-ecosystems and humans. This project gives an opportunity to farmers to get food and nutrition security and improve crop yield with organic farming in a sustainable manner by using 3Ts – Training, Tools and Technology. And the most important environmental aspect of the project is to foster organic practices ensuring ecological balance and preserving biodiversity without degrading the soil and water resources of the Himalayan region.
The project is designed to impart knowledge and enhance competency level of farmers in organic farming and practices, certification process, organically produces more crops, achieve more sustainable yields and the way forward for self-employment in 3 districts - Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Dehradun of Uttarakhand. The programs include setting up of demonstration farms, training cum resource centers to train the farmers and setting up nurseries to provide quality seedlings. The initiative also provides PGS Certification (Participatory Guarantee System) to the farmers who complete the training program. The training module incorporates the following key areas of focus: land development, seed treatment, weed control & pest management, preparation of organic manures, vermicompost, bio pesticides, harvesting measures- grading, packing, marketing strategies etc.
Demonstration of Farms
One demo farm in each district – Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Dehradun in order to promote organic farming through technical capacity building of all the stakeholders including human resource development, transfer of technology, promotion and production of quality organic and biological inputs. The organic demo farm is well-equipped with land development, fencing cover, installation of water tank and piped water connection, drip irrigation system, training hall, poly/net house, poly tunnel, vermi compost unit, soil health management and etc. The major activities being carried out at the demo farm are-
Training cum Resource Centre
Selecting farmers from 20 villages of each district – Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Dehradun to get training on organic farming at the Demo Farm. Training in organic farming practices is being provided to enthusiastic farmers, institutions, organic growers who are young adults trained and certified by Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs) running by Sewa International. The following subjects essentially considered for a 8 days training session to each batch are,
Developing demo farms into nursery to produce seedlings and grafts. The main purpose of this initiative is to save the time, money and efforts of the farmers to raise quality seedlings. In nurseries plants often grow inside poly tunnel/house designed to protect young plants from harsh weather while allowing access to light and ventilation.
Milestones at a Glance
Organic Demo Farm Centre at Pokhari in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand
Organic Demo Farm Centre at Haat Village in Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand
Organic Demo Farm Centre at Bhatowali Kaswali, Manduwala, Dehradun