Agriculture has been the most primitive and primary activity of the people in the Indian subcontinent. With fragmented land holdings and increasing pressure on the land and its productivity, it has become a trend to infest the soil with excessive fertilizers to increase productivity. This leaves the pH levels of the soil distorted and also adversely affects the cropping patterns. This reckless and unsustainable model of farming has had an adverse impact on plains as well as the hills. The key lies not in the reckless increase in production of cash crops but rather in the diversification of crops so that the nutrient balance of the soil is maintained.
Sewa Krishi is an endeavour to achieve this objective and to restore the sanctity and purity of what we call “Devbhoomi” Uttarakhand. It is an agricultural initiative which aims at promoting organic farming, especially the produce unique to the Himalayan region. The focus also remains on generating livelihood means through agricultural activity. We seek to combine the best practices of traditional farming and integrate it with the technological know-how of the present times to be able to pursue not just primitive farming but also climate smart agriculture.
How We Work
Sewa Krishi through its SHG (Self Help Group) development model seeks to develop an effective agri-market economy combining agriculture, empowerment activities and generating livelihood out of the same. HIMSAMPADA – the farmer-producer organisation in the pipeline is a vision towards that end. Through HIMSAMPADA, the collective bargaining capacity of the local farmers is expected to increase greatly. The capital and shareholding powers would be from within the members. This self-sustainable model of development would ensure that there is a holistic improvement in the Uttarakhand market economy. Value chain addition, optimum product planning, leadership development of the farmers, forward and backward linkage of markets are some of the key priorities of HIMSAMPADA. Following are the various ways by which the farmers of Uttarakhand are being empowered economically and agriculturally.